Hard-surface floors are easy to maintain and great for people with allergies. However, there is something so comforting about getting out of bed in the morning and having something warm underfoot. Bracing yourself for the shock of cold, solid floors is never a pleasant experience, but the maintenance that comes with carpet just isn't always worth the hassle.
This is why so many people with hard flooring opt to include rugs as part of their decor. Rugs are great in that they are small, cheap and easy to replace, but it can be a challenge to settle on one that perfectly matches the style of a room. If this struggle sounds unappealing, why not make the perfect rug yourself? It's a lot easier than you may think, and the results can be stunning.
The first thing you are going to need is yarn. Be warned, though: depending on the size of the rug you want to create, you are going to need a lot of yarn. Carefully choose the colors you plan to incorporate, and envision how you want your masterpiece to turn out. When you have your yarn selected and ready, start by making a loop over your index and middle finger. You can vary the size of your yarn balls by using more fingers, but using two is a good place to start.
Now it's time to start wrapping it around your fingers over and over again. Continue this process until you have a fairly thick layer of yarn around your fingers. Remember that the thicker you make it, the denser the eventual ball will be.
The results should look something like this, but feel free to experiment with different amounts of yarn.
Next, take one end of the yarn and wrap it perpendicular to the bundle you have created.
Make sure the loose yarn is wrapped evenly all the way around what will become your first pom-pom bundle.
Begin making a knot to secure the bundle together. As you tighten the knot, slip the pom-pom off of your fingers. Be sure to make the knot really tight, as you don't want this to ever come apart – it makes a huge mess.
After you are done tying it together, take a pair of scissors and cut through the loops on each side of the knot.
You should end up with something that resembles this:
You don't want to leave your pom-poms looking like that though, so do your best to trim them up nicely. Try to make them as spherical as possible, and even out any rough spots.
Remember to take your time when trimming these. You will probably end up cutting off twice as much as you thought you would, but you don't want to snip off too much in pursuit of perfection.
A good practice is to trim with the blades of the scissors flat along the pom-pom. This will help you achieve a smooth finish and make them as even as possible. It should end up looking like this:
When you are done creating as many pom-poms as you think you'll need, begin attaching them to a cross-stitch canvas. These canvases can be purchased at your local arts and crafts store, and they are relatively inexpensive.
Cut the canvas to the shape and size you want your rug to be.
Be sure to experiment with different colors and sizes of pom-poms to achieve something that really stands out. These are great for keeping your feet warm, but they can also add a lot to the look and feel of a room.
You can make them stand out as the focal point of the room, or have them blend in with the decor. The possibilities are endless.