Posted: Aug 13, 2014 8:00 AM
Woven rugs can cost a pretty penny, but with the rope of your choice and a few simple twists you can craft a customized doormat of your very own. Check out this step-by-step guide on how to make a braided doormat.

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  • 100+ feet of 3/16 rope
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue


First, measure out 3 equal lengths of rope and cut. You'll need more than 100 feet of rope total, but you can make it as small or large as you'd like by adding on to the length later as you build your braided doormat. For this woven rug, 34 feet of braided rope made a 17-inch by 14-inch DIY doormat.

Tip^ There are colorful varieties of ropes available depending on your decor, so don't feel limited to neutral hues if your heart is leaning toward a splash of color.

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Next, line up your 3 lengths of rope evenly at 1 end and whip tie the ends together; you do this by running a threaded needle through all 3, bunching the rope together, wrapping the bunch around and around several times with thread and tying off the thread with a double knot. This will keep the rope from fraying later and keep the strands together while you braid your rope.

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Then, braid the entire length of your rope in a loose braid. You don't want to braid it too tight or it will curl and not lie flat. This part takes the most time, but you can start it and stop it anytime as long as you have a clothespin or a clip to keep it together mid-way.
Now when you get to the end of your braid, tie it in a loose knot that can be untied when you're through.

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Next, using the end you started with, start twisting you braid in a circle or oval shape to wind together your woven rug from the center out. Using your needle and thread, sew the center shape in place.

Then lay your braided rope on a flat surface face down and continue wrapping your braided rope around your customized doormat's center, stitching the rows together every few inches with your needle and thread as you go to keep it secure. Keep in mind that you'll want your braid to lay flat, so there's no need to twist it super tight.

Tip^ You can also use hot glue to secure the woven rug rows as you wind them, but I'm not sure how well it will hold up over time. A combination of sewing and hot glue will likely be quicker and more secure.

Now, while you're wrapping your customized doormat, you can add length to your braided rope to make a larger woven rug by using a square knot to secure a new length of rope to each of your original strands and continue braiding. Just make sure the knotted end is tucked on the underside of the doormat as you secure it in place.

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Once you get to the end of your braid, untie the loose knot you used to hold the braid together and whip tie the ends together in the same technique you used to start your rope braid. Secure the end of your braid to the bottom your braided doormat with needle and thread; a little hot glue will give it a cleaner finish and help it lay flat.

Finally, if you haven't been using hot glue along the way, give the entire bottom of your braided doormat a few squiggles of hot glue to give it a non-slip grip, allow to dry and flip your DIY doormat over to adorn your entryway without dropping a ton of cash.

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