Maybe at this point I’m just whining but life has been so stupidly busy. And stressful. Though there is still more ahead of me to accomplish and get past I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I don’t know about you but I tend to have a hard time being creative and thinking up new ideas when I’m spazzing out. It simply doesn’t work for me. And when I’m spazzing hard enough, even the ideas I’ve already developed that just need doing wind up flopping terribly. There have been oh so many craft fails this past week and I have had my Momma telling me every day, several times a day… it’s okay! You should calm down because it will all be okay! And that’s great because I’ve really needed to hear that.
So when I woke up and started coming up with new ideas in the middle of the night I was so happy because I felt like I was back! Momma and I hitched a ride to IKEA to grab a bunch of supplies on the cheap and now I’m crafting in lots of colors. It seems when I’m happiest I tend to go with the most and brightest colors :)
This rug is my first “I’m back at it” concept and it turned out as great as I had hoped. It’s a super easy project that will give your stoop or doorway a pop of happy color!
For this project you will need:
- Half moon rug – this is the Trampa from IKEA and you can buy it online (or even better update one you’ve already worn down a bit!)
- Poster board
- Gloss spray paint in blue, pink, orange and yellow
- Tape, scissors, string and pencil
- Sharp utility knife, scissors and magic marker
Take two pieces of poster board and tape together.
Trace the shape of your semicircle rug and then add the string to the end of your pencil. Holding the string down in the center draw arcs from right to left to make the arches of your rainbow. You can also freehand it. You want to have a decent sized circle in the very middle so that your rainbow has a good shape when done.
Number your arches from inside to outside. The center will be 0 with 1-4 in order before or after.
Using scissors trim the line you created between the 3 and 4 and get ready to move this party outside bringing your scissors with you.
Set your template on your rug and center as well as you can.
Spraying at an angle heavily paint the outer ring blue. With the paint sprayed this way there is no seepage underneath the poster board giving you super clean and sharp arches!
Cut along the line between the 1 and 2. Place the poster board onto the mat placing it to fit into itself like a puzzle as well as you can. Spray this area yellow. Don’t worry about going into the 0 area as we will be cutting that away in just a bit.
Cut the line between sections 2 and 3. Place section 1 of the poster board over the yellow you have already painted, leaving section 2 out and placing section 3 just below your blue ring. The free section, which is section 2, will be painted orange.
If my words are confusing (and no doubt they are!) just follow the image above.
Add section 2 of the poster board to your mat over the orange you have painted. If had a strange gap and used section 3 to help cover the space to protect from over spray.This last section you’ll spray pink. Now this is the one you’ll have to pay the most attention to in order to keep your nice, clean lines. Rather than spraying at an angle spray directly overhead with no angle whatsoever. Rather than heavily spraying make several passes.
Remove your poster board and allow the rug to dry completely. In the super heat even with humidity it took my rug about an hour.
Flip your rug to the back side and use section 1 to trace your final arch with magic marker that will be your cut line so that our rug is a rainbow shape rather than a semicircle shape.
You can use a yardstick to find the exact center or you can eyeball it. I went sans measuring device but I was feeling a bit lucky :)
Follow your drawn line with your sharp utility knife as well as you can. First make a shallow cut.
Follow the first with 2 more cuts. One for the rubber backing and one for the rug’s fibers.
Flip your rug and use your scissors to trim up any crazy fibers sticking out and ruining the arch effect.
So here’s my rug! The arches aren’t perfect in shape but the paint came out really nice and crisp. I know the order I went with to spray the arches seems crazy but it’s what I figured would work best. Feel free to use your own order.
Placed in front of the stoop this rug is TOO MUCH FUN! And since I’m at my Momma’s house she gets to keep it and luckily she loves it just as much as me :) And I’m super happy because she’s happy and because I’m getting my bright and happy disposition back and my creativity is coming back as well. Hip hip hooray for rainbows!