Add a cool Aztec-print rug to your home with this easy do-it-yourself project.

By Katie Bandurski

Southwestern style is a beautiful blend of color and culture. Funky prints, iconic motifs, and daring hues make the decorating trend stand out. Add Southwestern style to your home by DIY-ing an Aztec-pattern rug. This project is super simple—all you need is our free printable template and some basic stencil skills. We used bold colors for our rug, but you can also try a monochromatic scheme, pretty pastels, or an ombre application. Plus, the sizes of the stencils can be customized to fit your door mat and desired look.

What You Need

  • 2x3-foot jute rug
  • Printed Aztec template, 4 sizes (free download below)
  • Painters tape
  • Ruler or straightedge
  • Crafts knife
  • Stencil film
  • Cutting mat
  • Stencil adhesive
  • Stencil brush
  • Paper plate
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil
  • Paint colors of choice (we like PPG)
Get the Free Stencil Here

Step 1: Prep and Print

Remove any packaging from the rug. Download our Southwestern stencil template. Use a copier to make size adjustments to template. Reduce to 50% and make one copy; reduce to 65% and make a copy; reduce to 75% and make a copy. You should have four different sizes of the same pattern.

Editor’s Tip: If you are unsure of what type of paint to purchase for this project, a trip to The Home Depot to chat with a paint associate can help you make the right decision.

Step 2: Trace Stencils

With your pencil and ruler, trace each geometric shape onto stencil film. Cut out. Spray adhesive onto the back of the stencil and secure to the rug.

Step 3: Paint the Rug

Dip stencil brush into first paint color, then with a light dabbing motion, apply paint to stencil area. Repeat with all stencils until you've achieved the desired design, being sure to work slowly and let paint dry between each stencil. Let dry fully before using.

Comments (1)

May 16, 2018
so clean and simple. nice project for anyone!! Wall hangings too! Think about a rug with sea creatures, loggerhead turtles would be adorable!