How to Add a Colorful, Geometric Pattern to a Basic Outdoor Rug

Give a drab gray rug the color treatment with paint samples and tape. With a few colors or a lot of colors, this pattern offers infinite ways to add a punch to your patio.

DIY Outdoor Rug

Gray Outdoor Rug With Painted Stripes

Give a drab gray rug the color treatment with paint samples and tape. With a few colors or a lot of colors, this pattern offers infinite ways to add a punch to your patio.

Materials Needed

  • a basic outdoor rug
  • painter’s tape
  • paintbrushes
  • paint samples in your chosen colors
DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Materials

For this project, you'll need a basic outdoor rug, painter’s tape, paintbrushes and paint samples in your chosen colors.

Create Stripes With Painter’s Tape

Start at one corner of the rug. Place strips of tape across the entire rug to create stripes.

DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Create Stripes With Painter’s Tape

Start at one corner of the rug. Place strips of tape across the entire rug to create stripes.

Create Perpendicular Stripes

After you’ve taped stripes on half of the rug, add some stripes perpendicular to these on the other side of the rug.

DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Create Perpendicular Stripes

After you’ve taped stripes on half of the rug, add some stripes perpendicular to these on the other side of the rug.

Start Painting Stripes

Paint several stripes with your first color. Try to pick ones randomly around the rug.

DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Start Painting Stripes

Paint several stripes with your first color. Try to pick ones randomly around the rug.

Continue Painting Stripes

Fill in empty stripes with your three remaining colors. Let the paint dry overnight.

DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Continue Painting Stripes

Fill in empty stripes with your three remaining colors. Let the paint dry overnight.

DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Continue Painting Stripes

Fill in empty stripes with your three remaining colors. Let the paint dry overnight.

DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Continue Painting Stripes

Fill in empty stripes with your three remaining colors. Let the paint dry overnight.

Remove Tape

Once paint is dry, pull off all of the painter’s tape. Voila! You have a custom-made colorful geometric rug to jazz up your patio space. 

DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Remove Tape

Once paint is dry, pull off all of the painter’s tape.

DIY Outdoor Rug

How to Paint Stripes on an Outdoor Rug: Remove Tape

Once paint is dry, pull off all of the painter’s tape. Voila! You have a custom-made colorful geometric rug to jazz up your patio space.

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