If you have seen cool looking rugs on Lakeshore or some other teaching site that you wanted but couldn't afford, you should consider painting your own!
I have this one from Lakeshore:
It's $469.00! If I replace it, I will never pay that amount again. With a little painter's tape and a trip to the hardware store, you can create this rug yourself. That's right! Paint directly on the rug.
This all started when I had a big carpet remnant left over from a remodeling project in my house. I decided to paint it to use in my son's playroom, which had a concrete floor.
You can see that before it was a plain oatmeal color, and then I just taped out a pattern and started painting on it with regular latex paint.
Since then, I've painted a few others. Here is one that I painted to go in front of my classroom sink for next year. My classroom is going to have a pirate theme, and I think this is going to look great!
If you try it out, send me a picture of your rug painting idea!