I absolutely adore cowhide rugs – I do come from a long line of beef farmers, remember? The problem is that cowhide rugs are expensive. This DIY faux cowhide rug though, is anything but expensive. It’s easily made using faux cowhide fabric and the only other things you’ll need are scissors and polycrylic.
I have been lusting after a cowhide rug for quite some time. The cowhide lampshade I made just wasn’t enough. I needed more.
Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t already have one. As a girl who has spent the better part of her life around cows, how in the world I don’t already have my very own cowhide is beyond me.
I have talked with my uncle about this problem, who is a cattle farmer. He has promised me that the next time a cow goes to the slaughterhouse, he will have them save the hide and we will tan it for a rug.
Now that the whole world knows of his promise, I feel he must carry through on it. Don’t you think so?
Talk about a great DIY post – tanning your own cowhide – that should be interesting.
So, dear uncle, if you are reading this post, you are not off the hook just because I made a DIY version.
For now, this faux cow rug will have to suffice. You may have spotted it in my Vintage Modern Rustic Living Room Tour last week.
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How to Make a Cowhide Rug
The tutorials I have seen for DIY any-type-of-hide rugs have required painting on the pattern of the hide.
People, I can paint a wall, a piece of furniture, or faux moldings like nobody’s business.
Freehand the pattern on a hide?
Houston, we have a problem.
So, when I had fabric left over from my cowhide lampshade, I saw the sign….. and it opened up my eyes.
Did you catch that Ace of Base reference?
I didn’t have a large piece of fabric left over, so I opted for a small version of a cowhide rug. Here’s how to make your own…
Supplies & Materials Needed:
Lay out your fabric, front side facing down.
My fabric was 62 inches x 59.5 inches.
Pull up a real cowhide rug that you like online (I just did a Google search for one). Use the photo from online to sketch out the shape on your fabric – be sure to do this on the back! I would suggest doing this with a pencil, a real pencil, not a mechanical pencil. I didn’t have a real pencil on hand, only a mechanical pencil and that didn’t work, so I used a black marker.
Once you’ve got it all sketched out, cut it out with sharp scissors.
If you plan on putting this in a low traffic area, you could flip it over and stop right here.
But, if you plan on putting it in a higher traffic area, you want to protect the top of the rug from dirt and easily tearing. To protect mine, I flipped it right side up, stuck cardboard gift boxes under it, and rolled on a couple coats of Polycrylic.
I let it dry for a couple of days, then put it in my vintage-modern-rustic living room where it fits in perfectly.
What do you think about our new faux cowhide rug? I think it should work until the uncle comes through.
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