drop cloth car rug

Posted on Feb 21 2014 - 7:00am by Markell

 Awhile ago, I did a guest post for Someday Crafts. It’s been awhile since it posted this on there and I wanted to share it with you guys, too! 

A while back, I did a post on how to make a super cheap canvas rug from painter’s drop cloth. It was a huge hit, so I decided to do another project kind of like it. I used the same material (a painter’s drop cloth) and some paint to create a super fun car rug for my little guy. I thought I’d share it with you all so you can make one, too!


So here is what you need for this project: 

-a painter’s drop cloth rug (You can buy a HUGE one at Home Depot for $10. One of these rugs is enough to make 3 or 4 car rugs, depending on how big you want them) 

– paint in lots of different colors (make sure you have black or gray for the roads) I picked up samplers when they were on sale.

– paint brushes (the sponge kind works good) 

– painter’s tape – DO NOT USE MASKING TAPE. Just don’t. 

– a few paint pens for details 

So, the first thing that I did was wash the drop cloth. There is some oil and stuff on it, so it’s a good idea to wash it real quick first. 

After it was all washed, I cut the cloth down to the size I wanted. One neat thing about canvas is it rips in a straight line. It does fray the edges a little to rip it, but I planned on hemming it anyway so it didn’t matter. 

Like I said before, the next thing I did was hem the edge that I just cut. 


After the rug was hemmed, I started taping out where I wanted the roads to be. Don’t use masking tape to do this, it is a lot harder to come off. Trust me. I taped out the roads, making it wide enough so each road could have two lanes. 

The next thing I did was plan out what I wanted on the map. I knew it didn’t need to be perfect, but I wanted a few things like train tracks, an airport, and a store, so I was sure to have certain places for those buildings. 

After I had all the roads taped off, I started painting them. Be careful with this step not to stick your elbow in any wet paint or anything like that (not that I have done that….). After I painted the roads, I stopped. I let that completely dry before trying to take off the tape or paint anything else. 


Once the roads were dry, I painted some houses. My houses are all weird colors because all the paint I used were paint samples that were on sale for like fifty cents a piece. I didn’t have a lot of colors to choose from, but I wasn’t too picky. Plus, who doesn’t want a pink house, right? 

So I painted houses, an airport, a temple, some stores, etc. I only painted one color at a time, and let that color completely dry to avoid putting my hand or knee or elbow down in wet paint. (note! The paint CAN soak through the rug if you paint it on too heavily. So be careful and make sure that something safe is behind it)

Once all the houses were done, I used my paint pens to dry detail like the road lines and doors and windows. I realized that I forgot to draw train tracks, which is something I really wanted on the rug. The only place I could really put them was around the farm house. What? You’ve never seen a farm house completely enclosed in a circle of train tracks before? Where have you been hiding all your life? 


The main thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. I wish I had done things different (more roads, less open space for one), but my son doesn’t care. He loves it. He spends hours driving his cars along the roads. Don’t spend tons of time on every little detail, because kids don’t care about that kind of stuff, anyway. 


I hope you love it! 


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  1. Lamborghini March 1, 2014 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Published gorgeous and distinctive

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