This picnic blanket is a bit different than your average — it’s made from carpet! The idea came from one of Brit + Co’s new friends, Adi Goodrich — a famous kick-ass set designer in LA. We went to a workshop with her where she told us about all the crazy stores she goes to when looking for art supplies. She told us how she made a whole set with carpet and cutout shapes, and applied them to a wall just as she would with paint or vinyl. I took this inspiration to the smaller screen — my Memorial Day picnic blanket. Set this bad boy outside or keep it indoors to spruce up a sunroom or covered patio.
Materials and Tools:
- 2 pink rug squares
- blue rug
- white rug
- 5 x 7 drop cloth
- liquid nails
- box cutter and/or scissors
- measuring tape
Trim your canvas to be 63 x 43 inches.
Cut your pink carpet squares into three-inch strips. Use a box cutter or scissors — it’s actually not as hard to cut as I thought it would be. High five to that!
Roll out your white carpet and cut strips that are about 3.5 inches thick and six feet long. The white rug will shag a lot more, so cut a half-inch buffer to hide under the pink strips when you’re assembling.
Cut out a 26 x 22-inch rectangle from the blue rug. If you’re really looking to impress, you can try adding stencil stars with fabric paint.
Lay out all of your rectangles to create the flag. Lay the white strips down first and then the pink stripes slightly overlapping the edges. Trim the white strips to the correct length, and then piece together pink strips to create the correct length.
Grab the liquid nails and start gluing everything down. Really make sure to get all edges to avoid any holes in your rug.
Lay out your rug and add all your picnic fixings — cheese, berries, and wine are always a must.
Lay on down and get ready for the near future — sun, shorts, and long nights.
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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Brittany Griffin and Kurt Andre