How to Make a Carpet Flower

by Kim Blakesley Google

A decorative carpet flower banner, picture or wall hanging is made from scrap carpet or carpet samples. The petals, flower center and leaves are cut from any length of carpet pile to create a sculpted appearance. The stem is either cut from the carpet or is a section of rope. A carpet flower can be made from the same color of carpet or multiple colors. The visual appearance and size of the flower depends on the individual crafter and the carpet scraps or samples available at the time.

Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Chalk or permanent marker
  • Carpet scraps or samples
  • Utility knife
  • Burlap-covered 18-inch corrugated cardboard square
  • Carpet glue adhesive
Step 1

Spread a double sheet of newspaper on a flat, smooth work surface. Draw the center of the carpet flower 3- to 4-inches wide, using a round, oval or egg shape. Position the center shape approximately 10-inches from the edges of the newspaper.

Step 2

Draw five to seven petals extending from the center shape approximately 8-inches long. Possible petal shapes include a teardrop, ellipse or a round-ended diamond shape.

Step 3

Draw a leaf shape approximately 8-inches long. Sample shapes include a teardrop, ellipse or round-ended diamond shape.

Step 4

Cut the paper pattern from the newspaper.

Step 5

Flip the carpet pieces or squares over so the backing is facing up. Place the paper flower pattern pieces on the back of the carpet. Trace around the edges of the pattern pieces.

Step 6

Cut along the pattern piece lines with a sharp utility knife. Cut through the backing of the carpet only. Use scissors to cut the carpet pile, if necessary.

Step 7

Gently pull any loose pile from the edges of the cut carpet flower sections.

Step 8

Turn the sections over and arrange them on the desired backing. Glue the sections to the burlap-covered 18-inch corrugated cardboard square backing using a carpet glue adhesive.