Since my back patio died, and I didn't feel like doing it out front and then explaining to my neighbors why their children are blue, I went to my Mom's. Also, she has a garden hose for rinsing.
Okay, so I mentioned that I used dye, but hopefully you realized that it would be below me to dye it all one color. I used wide masking tape to make a nifty little pattern.
I tried my best to evenly dump the bucket on the rug. Here's how that went:
The next time I went over I came armed with 2 boxes of dye. Instead of dumping it from the bucket, I hand ladled it (which is why my hands turned blue). There were still white spots, so in the end I bought two more boxes, and this time I ladled the dye into my mom's spray bottle (love you mom!) for a nice, even coat. In the end I got it all covered, and ended up with a sore muscle in my wrist from prolonged repeated spritzing.
Time for step 2: second hand blanket + hot glue.
*Moral of the Story*
Hot glue works BUT now that I know about Rit, it would have been about a million times easier to just buy an ugly floral rug at Goodwill and have at it. ALSO, in the end I used 5 boxes of dye, and the color would have been more consistent if I had done it all at once without letting it dry in between. ALSO, wear rubber gloves.