Somewhere in the garage or in storage is that same old leaky water hose that is always tangled in knots and ready for the dump. However, sanitation may find them a hassle or may overlook hoses meant for disposal, all making them even harder to get rid of. If you still have a few worn-out water hoses that are just taking up space, don’t throw them away just yet. There’s a DIY project that can help you repurpose your old gardening tool.
Using just a bag of zip ties, you can create a practical outdoor rug that is waterproof and makes a great colorful accent for your porch or patio. Here is a quick how-to for upcycling that old, leaky hose for a new, easy-to-make piece.
Supplies Needed for a Hose Rug
Preparation for a Hose Rug
Wipe down, clean, and detangle the old hose before you begin, and cut off the metal ends.
Directions for Making a Hose Rug
- Start from the center of the rug and work your way out.
- Bend the hose around and around while applying zip ties about every three to nine inches. The center of the rug (i.e. when you first bend the hose) can vary, but try starting with a length between 30-40 inches.
- For more stability, try using tape or super glue to hold the hose in place before tightening the zip ties around the hose.
- Avoid pulling the zip ties too tight—pull them just enough to secure the hose in place.
- Whether close or far apart, try to keep consistent space between the zip ties. This work is not meant to be hard on the hands, but needle nose pliers can help in case it is.
- After achieving your desired size and finished the rug, cut down the zip ties and shift the locking mechanisms to beneath the rug.
Now, you have a beautiful, repurposed piece to decorate your patio or porch. You can make rugs in a variety of colors, shapes, or sizes. For your first rug, you may find it easier to use one color, but if you want to make it more interesting, add one or two colors using hoses of different shades. You can also use different colored zip ties if you only want to add a small amount of color.
It may be easier to attempt a small, circular rug first and just focus on making tight spirals. However, if you prefer an oval shape or a wider rug, use longer folds with your hose.
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