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DIY Pokeball Rug for Pokemon Themed Bedroom

painted pokeball area rug

My son is obsessed with Pokemon! He plays the games, collects the cards, watches the show and snuggles with the stuffed animals. Admittedly, my husband and I loved Pokemon before our son was even born, so I guess the condition is hereditary. 🙂

I've slowly been transforming his bedroom into the perfect Pokemon themed room, and today I'm adding an amazing pokeball rug to the floor!

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When shopping at IKEA sometime last year, I spotted this TVIS rug. The color and shape immediately reminded me of a pokeball! I tossed one in my already bulging shopping cart, took it home and promptly forgot about it.

Unfortunately, now IKEA doesn't make them anymore! But you could use any of these red or white circular rugs instead.

red circular area rug

I used DecoArt's SoSoft fabric paint in Ultra White and Lamp Black for this project. DecoArt generously provided me with a bottle of each color to try out. I've used the SoSoft fabric paint before on this DIY rug, and I love how it doesn't feel crunchy underfoot.

DecoArt fabric paint bottles on red area rug

I chose this simple pokeball design for my rug. Notice that the stripe across the middle is about twice as wide as the black circle. I tried to keep the same dimensions for my pokeball rug.

simple pokeball image

Start by taping off the center stripe. Mine is 3 ⅛" wide (the same as the center circle on the rug). Next, create your center circle. This was super easy on my rug because there are already concentric circles to use as a guide.

If you're using a different rug, trace two plates or lids to create one circle inside the other. I put pieces of tape around that circle to help me remember where to paint.

painter's tape around center circle and middle stripe of pokeball rug

Paint the stripe across the middle and the outer circle black. I used a stiff craft brush to really work the paint into the fibers of the rug. The raised rows absorbed a lot more paint than the flat ones, but overall I only used one bottle for this part.

Black stripe of the pokeball rug painted.

Then, fill in the center and half of the pokeball white. This is where starting with a red rug is a challenge. The first coat of white turned out quite pink!

first coat of white paint on pokeball rug is slightly pink

At this point, I ran out of white fabric paint! But I threw caution to the wind and decided to use white latex paint I had on hand instead of running out to the store for more. It took two more coats to get it fully opaque.

painted pokeball rug

This pokeball rug is the perfect addition to my son's Pokemon themed bedroom. It truly makes me smile when I walk into the room, and I know he loves it too.

pokeball rug on hardwood floor next to stuffed animal zoo

Check out these other Pokemon decorating ideas!

Jann Olson

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

Kids would love this! Thanks for sharing with SYC. hugs, Jann


Tuesday 14th of August 2018

The rug came out great! I painted a rug one time and they really suck up the paint so I know what ya mean about running out of paint. Pinned! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week! Kim


Monday 13th of August 2018

That's so much fun, my kids would have absolutely loved this when they were a bit younger (what am I saying, they'd probably still love it now even though they are all grown up!!)


Sunday 12th of August 2018

Wow! That is so cute. I have a question: how did you apply the paint?


Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Omgosh that is perfect! What a clever idea to use paint to transform that rug!

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