Monday, January 26, 2009

How to make a faux zebra hide rug



Like a lot of people, I'm fond of graphic zebra stripes, especially when they are on the irregular shape of a hide rug. But $2,000 for the real deal is out of the question (or even $250-$700 for a nice knockoff made from Bessie the cow like the one above from Horchow.)

Another "You know you are cheap when . . . " You know you are cheap when you could buy a faux zebra hide rug on clearance at Target for $50 but instead you make your own for 50 cents.I made my rug using white vinyl fabric that I already had on hand and a 50 cent permanent marker.

A small rug like mine (3 x5) will require about 1 yard of fabric, and a larger one (5 x7) will require about two yards. Microsuede and fabric paint or a fabric marker would probably give a more "hide" like effect, but the vinyl will wipe clean with a damp rag (and it was free).

1. Find an image of a zebra hide and project it onto your fabric. Trace the outline of the hide and the stripes using a washable pen or marker.


2. Color in the stripes using a permanent marker or fabric paint. Allow the marker to dry completely before cutting the fabric.


3. You're done. If the edges roll up a bit, try rolling the rug the other direction and letting it sit overnight.

10 comments:

  1. Wow! That is a new level of "cheapness" impersonation for which I find myself oddly familiar, even related, yet slightly disappointed :-)

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  2. Nothing like a touch of the wild naugahydes of the Serengeti

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  3. HOW COOL! And thanks for this idea! I am a 3rd grade teacher in FL and my classroom "theme" is "Welcome to the Jungle". This rug is JUST what I need to add some pizzazz to my room. I'm glad I followed the link on *My Marrakesh* and looked into your Blog ;)
    Keep up the GREAT work!

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  4. Thanks!

    I'm on My Marrakesh?

    For the record, I recommend fabric paint. Over time the marker did smear a bit.

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  5. I like your wall art in the picture too. Did you make that? Is it a type of glass wall art?

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  6. Sorry, that's not mine. The top pic is from Horchow.

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  7. This is awesome! Now I'm trying to think how to restyle one of my rooms just for this idea. I'm thinking my den and fireplace need a makeover.

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  8. Thank you for the precise tips with regards to to make a faux zebra hide rug . Thanks

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