Scott Brothers in the house — literally! Watch Drew and Jonathan drop some knowledge on creating a nonstick backing for your favorite indoor rug.

DIY Ditty Track #2: Get A Grip

Let’s take it step by step

The secret to a nonslip rug? Caulk.

  1. Outfit a caulking gun with a tube of acrylic-latex caulk
  2. Flip over your rug and lay it out in landscape (width longer than height)
  3. Apply caulk in thin vertical lines, about 6 inches apart, down the length of the rug
  4. To boost sticking power, add lines midway between the first set (every 3 inches)
  5. Let caulk dry completely before flipping the rug back over

Now when you cut a rug, your rug won’t cut out from under you.

Related: DIY Ditty Track #1: Everything is Brighter

Now, what to do with the rest of that caulk?

Chances are you’ve got some leftover caulk. Don’t let it go to waste — here are two easy ways to put it to good use.

Craft time

Feeling creative? Caulk is easy to apply, dries slowly enough to have time to play, and makes for great texture. You can get your post-Impressionist on in mixed media pieces, or pipe patterns and script onto tile, canvas, even greeting cards. Use your imagination!

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Fill in your wall

Nail holes and dings be gone. After giving the spot a quick cleanup with a soapy rag, fill in the offending gaps with a little caulk, smooth with your finger or a tool, remove excess with a clean damp cloth, and paint over.

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