I have a DIY confession to make.
I’ve been known to rock up at Bunnings on the weekends and create myself a little personal decorating challenge when I’m looking to brighten up my home. Particularly during springtime when all of the new season design trends come out.
I might even hear Vogue Living editor Neale Whitaker’s voice in my head as I stroll the aisles, telling me how inspired and fabulous I am…
Please tell me I’m not the only one?
You see, my problem is that I have a very expensive taste. Only my personal style and back pocket couldn’t be further apart. But then enters Pinterest and Instagram, where all of my DIY dreams come true on a teeny tiny budget. Because if there’s one thing I like more than gorgeous interiors, it’s a bargain.
Better yet, you probably have some of the materials you need lying around the house. Really, there’s nothing stopping you.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to compete DIY.
1. Rope Mat.
Have you ever gone into a store and thought if I had the right materials, I could make that for half the price? Well we all know a good rope mat can cost a mint. But really, all they are is a bit of cable wrapped in a circle. So what’s stopping you from making it yourself?
The answer is ab-so-lute-ly nothing.
By dabbling in a bit of DIY, you also have the added benefit of choosing how big or small you want your mat to be. That means you can create the perfect size for your living space. Bonus.
Blue and white stripe multi rope
Hot glue gun.
Step 1: Things are about to get a little messy so ensure you protect your workspace from the hot glue.
Step 2: Take your blue and white stripe multi rope by the end, placing it firmly on the board and wrap it around itself. Grab a friend to help you apply the hot glue to keep it in place.
Step 3: Now continue to wrap the rope in a circle and apply glue to the outside of each new ring as you go. Stop when you’ve reached the size you would like for your mat.
Step 4: Trim the end of the rope with a pair of scissors for a clean edge and glue the final piece into place.
Step 5: Take the non-slip mat and cut it to size depending on how big you made your rug.