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Brush your child's toy blocks with fabric paint and stamp onto a canvas drop cloth to create a one-of-a-kind runner for your hallway.

What You'll Need
Canvas drop cloth, scissors, iron, fabric glue, 2 arch-shaped blocks (Edushape EduColor Blocks, $20 for set of 30; amazon.com), pencil, paper, kraft paper, fabric paint, foam paintbrush, rug pad

Make It
1. Cut drop cloth to desired size and iron out any wrinkles. Fold unfinished edges, creating about a 1' hem. Crease with the iron and secure with fabric glue; let dry.

2. On a piece of paper, place 2 arch-shaped blocks so that they form a square with a circle inside, then trace around them and cut out. Repeat to make as many paper squares as will fit across your runner widthwise.

3. Protect your work surface with kraft paper. Lay the paper squares across the runner and adjust spacing as needed. Remove one of the paper squares and set aside. Use a foam paintbrush to cover the first block with fabric paint and firmly press onto drop cloth where the paper square previously was. Coat the second block with a second paint color and press down onto the drop cloth to complete the square shape. Continue to remove paper squares and stamp square shapes in their place, alternating the direction of the blocks and the paint colors as desired, until the row is completed. Repeat until all rows are stamped.

4. Once it's dry, place runner on the floor with a rug pad underneath.