Homemade Floor Mats with Style

I am a huge fan of weekend projects, and I especially love projects that allow me to use old items I have around the house, or inexpensive things I can pick up at my local thrift store or craft store.  I find the creative process of the project to be a rewarding and productive moment of solace from the everyday stresses that surround me.

While I wasn’t prepared to work on any projects as Hurricane Irene passed over this weekend, I did discover two great ones from Danny Seo’s new book Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have.  

The projects: Two great floor mats that are easy and cost-effective to build, and have great style (see below).  Had I had all the supplies necessary, I would have had quite a crafty hurricane experience.  Instead, I have added the ideas onto my list of fun, future projects.

Leather Belt Rug

Supplies Needed:

  1. A dozen old leather belts
  2. A hole cutter
  3. Hemp twine
  4. A needle

Cork Bath Mat

Supplies Needed:

  1. A white shadowbox
  2. About 500 wine corks
  3. No glue or adhesives necessary

Images & Ideas courtesy of www.dailydanny.com

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