Make a Patchwork Rug

Make a patchwork rug out of carpet remnants or samples. All you need is a little creativity, some colorful strips or squares, and double-sided carpet tape to seam the pieces together and hold them tight to the floor.

Cost: Many dealers sell the last few feet of carpet rolls for as little as $3. Samples are often free, though you may have to cut off the binding with a utility knife. A roll of Intertape Indoor Carpet Tape is $8 at Amazon.com.

Savings: about $100, the cost of the Fez1 5-by-7-foot mosaic rug with four different-color carpet squares from Flor, a high-end maker of DIY-friendly stick-together plush tiles.

Bonus: Extra carpet squares double as garden kneepads.
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