Thursday, November 1, 2012

DIY: Boot Shapers

I was inspired to do this "DIY" after seeing it on one of my favorite blogs....love Maegan.  
If you haven't checked her out, please do, she's awesome!
We are like secret BFFs even though...she has no idea who I am :)
She was also recently featured here doing a really cool "dip paint" DIY. 

What I LOVE about this project is that it'something I would and will actually use daily! 

I made.....

Aren't they adorable?  
And who doesn't need a good boot shaper?  
I've been using magazines (annoying) and refuse to use wine bottles because I'm worried 
about attracting spiders.

Even though there are a lot of steps, they are pretty easy to make! 
~What you'll need~
33.8oz bottles of Smart Water: 2 per boot are needed 
Sharp scissors 
Duct rape
A furry fabric
Glue gun
Ribbon
Tassels (1 per boot shaper)
A lighter 

First things first, make sure your bottles are completely dry on the inside. 
Cut the top off of each bottle and make 4 inch wide slits around the top of  each bottle.

Join the two bottles together using the slits as "teeth"  in order to make a good bond. 

Using your duct tape, tape them securely together.  I went about 3-4 inches to each side of the seam so it was super secure. 

This is the only tricky part of the project: making the tassel/ribbon topper.  
{which you can omit, it just makes them super cute}

1.  Cut a 6 inch piece of duct tape and make a small slit in the middle of it
Cut a 6 inch piece of ribbon and singe the ends with a lighter 
2.  Feed both ends of the ribbon and the end of one tassel through the slit in the tape
3. Loop the tassel around the ribbon, tie the ribbon in a knot, then adhere the ends 
to the sticky side of the tape
4.  Stick the tape to one end of the bottle - making it the top! 


Lay your bottle on your fabric and measure out enough to cover the entire bottle...
leaving an extra inch at the top and bottom.  

Cut out two circles to cover the top and bottom.

Make a small slit in the center of one of the circles. 
Feed the tassel and ribbon through the slit and glue to one end.

Starting at the top, wrap and glue the fabric around the bottle.
Straighten out your fabric then glue the ends to the bottle.
You may have a bit extra, if that's the case, glue first then cut off the extra. 

Glue the bottom circle on and your done!



Now I just need to drink 1,000,000,000 more ounces of water so I can make some for all of my boots! 
{I have a LOT of boots}
{{but I live in Michigan...it's justified}}

Thanks, Maegan! 

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