Recycled project: Hopscotch rug

image Here’s a green project we did recently. I found several carpet samples for sale at a thrift store and thought they would make a fun carpet for our play area. I originally planned on sewing them together in a rectangle shape but then came up with the idea to make a hopscotch rug. My daughter has been into hopscotch lately so she loves it. This not only added a colorful accent to our floor but is functional too in that Emma can play on it.

At 50 cents a square the rug cost only $5 to make! If you try to make this yourself here is what I recommend: I found it hard to get a needle through the thick carpet (even a thick needle) so I first poked holes in it with an icepick and that did the trick.

  • nifty idea.  looks pretty too.


  • I love the hopscotch rug!  I may even make it for my kids for a Christmas present!  Thanks for the great idea.


  • Thanks April. I noticed you’re in Grand Rapids too! I found the carpet samples at the “Bibles for Missions Thrift Store” in Jenison if you’re interested. There’s a lady that volunteers there that also works at a carpet store. So, she brings in samples periodically.


  • Great idea, these rug samples are dirt cheap like you mention and can sometimes even be found for free in some stores. I love the simplicity of it all.


  • Wonder how did come up with this. Really a good idea! A hopscotch rug is fun and decorative. And the price for the rug, 50 cents for a square you’ve mentioned, is sooo cheap.


  • You know, I’m not sure how I came up with it. It might have been my daughter’s idea. I think originally I bought a few to sew together as a rectangle rug. Emma had just learned hopscotch at that point so it was fresh on our minds. I ended up going back to the store for enough more to make a complete hopscotch.


  • This is such a cute idea—when I was little, we used to take masking tape to “draw” a hopscotch grid in our basement. I’m sure my mom would have liked us to use this idea much better!