Dyed drop cloth rug

I was so excited to get a package in the mail from Tulip Tie Dye.  Who doesn’t love getting fun stuff in the mail?  Here’s what I got:

The dye itself came in applicator bottles.  I loved that because you didn’t have to worry about spills.  You add the water to it when you are ready.  I also got plastic gloves, rubber bands, dye refills and a booklet with helpful instructions.  Everything you need to get dyeing.

I have been wanting to do a drop cloth rug for a while now so I jumped at the opportunity.  I was avoiding it because I didn’t want to paint the rug.  I thought it would end up stiff and “crunchy”.  When the dye came it seemed like the perfect solution.

Start with a drop cloth.  You can get these at your local home improvement store.  They cost about $10.

Open it up and lay it out on your surface.  This can get messy so make sure you are on a surface that is ok for that.  Or put down a tarp etc.

I was going for a wide striped look so I used painters tape to tape off my stripes.

Make sure you push down hard on the tape so it adheres well to the drop cloth.

Now you want to make up your dye.

Use a big spray bottle for this.  I got mine from the cleaning supply section.  I dumped the powdered dye into the bottom and then filled all the way up with water.  {this picture is after I used part of it}  It’s super easy to do.  Then you just spray your drop cloth.

The more you spray, the darker the color.  Also, notice how there are splotchy spots?  This will happen.  Just go back over those spots.

When you are done, it will look like this:

I love the look I got.  The dye will bleed and run under the painters tape a little.  It made the lines not so crisp.  But that went away in the wash.  I pulled off the tape and let it dry.  Then I put it in the wash.  If I was doing this again, I don’t think I would wash it.  I would probably try taking it outside and spraying it with the hose.  You just want to wash out the excess dye.

Putting it in the wash got rid of some of the stiffness in the drop cloth.  Which I think a rug needs.  Also your color does fade a little.  But that didn’t bother me.

And there you have it, one dyed drop cloth rug.

As you can see, it is not at all stiff like dried paint.  I l.o.v.e. that about this method.  Dyeing worked like a charm.

Want to make your own?  Tulip Tie Dye Kits are available at Walmart, Walmart Canada, Michaels, JoAnn, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, Meijer. Tie dye kit contents and colors may vary by store.  You can get more great ideas by connecting with iLoveToCreate.com via twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.   Tulip also has ideas on their facebook page.

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  1. I really like the look! So does it move around a lot on your carpet?

  2. I want to make one!

  3. This is so clever. I love the colors you used. I would love for you to share it at Snips & Spice Sunday Slice.

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  4. I like the affect washing it gave the rug. It gives it a water-colored look.

    If you get a chance come link this tutorial at my Pin Party.


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