Recycled DIY Tangram Inspired Modular Carpet

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Introduction: Recycled DIY Tangram Inspired Modular Carpet

About: Maker guy with a lot of love for paper and cardboard. Recently also working with recycled plastics. other related interests are photography, youtube, recycling, etc :-)

Recently posted another carpet tiles based project and this one is it's follow up :) Different shape, different possibilities! Hope you like it :)

This low budget DIY project is about using new but leftover carpet tiles and transform them into a modern looking colourful rug for your home :).

A lot of stores that sell floor finishings and/or do carpeting projects have a stack of cheap leftover carpet tiles laying around. These leftovers are often a large mix of all sorts and colors so they are not suitable for finishing an entire room anymore. Mostly these never used tiles end up in a dirty garage or shed, they get thrown away or get installed at some place where a super low budget floor finishing is needed and aesthetics is no big deal. In most cases it’s a downgrade of a functional new quality product and that is just a sad thing. Therefore i came up with a simple solution; get rid of the limited pattern possibilities of the standard squares and cut them into different shapes, so the variety of color will become a big plus instead of a problem! :-) this video is the third of a few tutorials i will make about this idea and hopefully you will be inspired to save some carpet tiles and money for your own :) IMPORTANT: Think about your safety! Make sure you are good prepared and use good tools before you begin! Cutting the carpet tiles is a job that you must take serious, because it’s a tough and durable material and needs a lot of force to be cut. Only use rulers that have high edges ( to block the knife from leaving its direction and might hurt your hand ). Don’t do this project alone, for safety reasons. Use sharp blades since this will save a lot of your energy. The blades become blunt easily because of the strong backing of the tiles.

Step 1: Collect & Mark Your Carpet Tile

Recipe:

- 7+ leftover carpet tiles for your tangram carpet, so that every individual part of the tangram puzzle has it’s own colour. Bright colours work very good for this project :)

Try not to bring Boucle carpet tiles because once they are cut… their edges are very rough and often disturb the pattern lines ( creating ugly gaps ) Frieze carpet tiles work very good! - 1 cutting mat, could be discarded wood or anything actually - 1 stanley knife + new blades - 1 large roll of duct tape or gaffer tape, only use good quality stuff - 1 ruler with a good high cutting edge or use a straight metal profile with high edges and handle bar. In best case, your ruler or profile has hand grips that make it more easy to put pressure on the tile and stay away from the knife. BE CAREFUL! - 1 thin white marker, i used a Posca fine liner. You can also make a light mark with your knife, so you don’t need any marker.

Action!:

Take one of your tiles and flip it over. Now draw the tangram system on to the back of the tile.

Step 2: Cut the Tile in the Tangram Shapes

cut your tile into the tangram shapes and be as precise as you can get, for best fit later on. Watch out with cutting!

Step 3: Repeat Previous Steps With the Other Carpet Tiles

repeat the marking & cutting proces with the other tiles you have so you will have all the parts ready for your final carpet :)

Step 4: Puzzle Time!

puzzle on the floor until you have found the design you like best

Step 5: Assembling Time! :-)

use the duct tape to connect all the individual parts. flip your design over ( carefully ) and add tape strips on all connections to make sure every part is well fixed. you are ready! :-) time to enjoy your hard work.

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    14 Discussions

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    That Redhead
    That Redhead

    1 year ago

    This is absolutely phenomenal in every way!

    That looks really good put together but I worry that all the pieces will fly away when someone doesn't step on them properly, or if the table gets bumped. Is there anyway that you would recommend to secure the different pieces together so this won't happen?

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    NeusS2
    NeusS2

    1 year ago on Step 5

    Me encanta, muy buena idea

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    JoopB1
    JoopB1

    Reply 1 year ago

    thank you!

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    Supernewby
    Supernewby

    1 year ago

    Nice! Now I want to find some carpet offcuts and have a go myself. :)

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    JoopB1
    JoopB1

    Reply 1 year ago

    hopefully you will find some offcuts in some nice colours soon then! :)

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    EunishaE1
    EunishaE1

    1 year ago

    Lovely ❤️

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    JoopB1
    JoopB1

    Reply 1 year ago

    gracias!

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    Alexey Lokator
    Alexey Lokator

    1 year ago

    What a perfect carpet! :)

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    JoopB1
    JoopB1

    Reply 1 year ago

    thank you so much! :)

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    That is so lovely and simple! Might have to do one of these in greys :D

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    JoopB1
    JoopB1

    Reply 1 year ago

    thank you and that will look very cool i think! :)))

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    Mimikry
    Mimikry

    1 year ago

    pretty cool project!
    While reading this I wondered several times if you once injured yourself badly with that cutting knife - maaaaaaany disclaimers about safety... sounds a little like aftermath :D - Been there, seen that ;)
    Anyway ... voted!

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    JoopB1
    JoopB1

    Reply 1 year ago

    thank you! :)) haha no worries, i didn’t cut my fingers or anything but it’s just a very important thingy with this project. The backing can be very though to cut making you to apply a lot of pressure on the knife... so thats why you don’t want your blade to take a shortcut :P