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How to make your old climbing rope into a centerpiece rug

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Items required:

- Old climbing rope

- A handful of finishing nails and a hammer

- 2 tubes of caulk and a caulk gun

- Piece of scrap plywood

- Duct tape

- Disposable latex gloves

- Utility knife

1. Wash and dry entire climbing rope. You may use any length or diameter rope you choose. The diameter and length will ultimately affect the size of your finished rug.

2. In order to get a tight roll at the center of the rug, use the utility knife to slide the core out of the sheath and cut out some of the core at the end of the rope.

3. Work the remaining core back into the sheath making sure to have at least a few inches of coreless rope at the end.

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4. Burn the tip of the rope with a lighter to prevent fraying.

5. Drive a finishing nail through the coreless end of the rope to attach it to the center of your plywood.

6. Carefully spiral the rope snugly around itself starting with the coreless end of the rope. In order to keep the spiral tight, periodically use a finishing nail to keep the rope in place.

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7. When you have reached the end of the rope, use one last finishing nail to keep the rug from unraveling.

8. Take all of the finishing nails out except the nail in the center and the end of the rope.

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9. Using the caulk gun, apply caulk on the exposed side of the rug. Spread the caulk with latex gloves. Let it dry for 24 hours.

10. Take out the last two finishing nails and systematically tape the entire caulked side of your rug.

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11. Flip the rug over. Your rug is finished!

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