We’ve all been there. You’re at the dollar store picking up paper plates for a picnic, and you spot a three-dollar hose in the gardening aisle. What could possibly go wrong? After getting soaked—and you will get soaked—you’re stuck with a choice: do you make a trip back into town to return a cheap hose, or will it sit in the corner of your shed, collecting cobwebs and reminding you not to skimp next time. Here’s a third option: upcycle that cheap hose (or an old one that’s been scraped against the rocks too many times) into a no-slip mat for your boathouse or outdoor shower!