Learn how to make a DIY floor cloth using linoleum and your favorite fabrics. A perfectly unique alternative to a standard rug!
Skills Required: Beginner. Even newbie crafters can do this project. Lots of cutting and Mod Podging, but it’s pretty easy.
I cannot believe that it’s taken me a year to post this Mod Podge floor cloth – but it’s the truth! Here’s what happened . . . reader Georgia e-mailed me about her awesome floor cloths last August, and I loved her style so much that I asked her to make me one.
And because I always think about tutorials for you guys, I also asked her to photograph the process. Georgia, being the completely wonderful and willing participant that she is, did just that.
She captured the process, AND sent me the floor cloth.
Make a Floor Cloth
So what took so long to get the floor cloth posted on the blog? Well, I moved into my studio last year and brought the floor cloth along for the ride . . . I packed everything into a second room in the studio and it took me THIS long to go through everything and photograph the floor cloth.
Yep, it was stuck in the back and I couldn’t find it. But now I’m proud to say it’s been out and displayed for several months, and I’ve gotten lots of compliments from guests who have visited and noticed it!
All I need now is Georgia’s forgiveness for taking so long. I am excited to share her beautiful work and hope you can appreciate it too. Here’s how she did it.
Gather These Supplies
- Fabric in three patterns – enough to cover the linoleum
- Mod Podge Matte
- Minwax Polycrylic
Cut linoleum to the size that you want your floor cloth to be. And yes, this is regular, standard issue linoleum – the kind that covers a kitchen floor. You’re going to use the back of it.
Turns out the top is perfect for putting on the floor, while the back is perfect for decoupage!
Tip: several people have asked if a piece of canvas would work and the answer is – yes! Thick canvas is very similar to linoleum. At least, it’s similar enough and is a fine substitute in this project.
Choose the fabric you want to use (usually 3 patterns). I told Georgia that I love blues, so she was kind enough to pick some beautiful fabrics that I would love!
In terms of the amount of fabric to pick, that is going to depend on the next step . . . .
Mark out where you want to fabrics to go onto the linoleum – use a ruler and pencil for this. The design you make is up to you. Stripes seem to work quite well.
Trim your fabric to fit the designs you have created. I find a rotary wheel and ruler are quite helpful, but you can also just use a pencil and scissors.
Mod Podge your first fabric onto the linoleum and let dry. Use a foam brush preferably (a tip from Georgia). Your DIY floor cloth is on its way!
Decoupage the next fabric on your floor cloth. Let dry. You can also get a little creative and paint over this fabric – or other technique – just to make things a little bit more fun!
To finish, Mod Podge the final fabric – wrapping this one over the edges to the back. Let dry. Seal fully by adding polyurethane – do this four times, allowing to dry between each coating.
Using this polyurethane method with allow the floor cloth to be impervious to wet, muddy shoes for years (another tip from Georgia).
And there you have it – a DIY floor cloth customized just for me! I absolutely love it.
Thank you Georgia! Your project turned out amazing.
- Fabric in three patterns
- Mod Podge Matte
- Minwax Polycrylic
- Cut linoleum to the size that you want your floor cloth to be.
- Choose the fabric you want to use - I selected three patterns.
- Mark out where you want to fabrics to go onto the linoleum - use a ruler and pencil for this.
- Trim the fabric to fit the designs you have created. I find a rotary wheel and ruler are quite helpful, but you can also just use scissors.
- Mod Podge your first fabric onto the linoleum and let dry.
- Decoupage the next fabric on your floor cloth. Let dry.
- To finish, Mod Podge the final fabric - wrapping this one over the edges to the back. Let dry.
- Seal fully by adding polyurethane - do this four times, allowing to dry between each coating.
- Let dry completely before using.
Now I’m curious – what colors would you make your floor mat? If you enjoyed this project, I’d also love for you to check out these other ideas: