While I think Olivia
truly have the market cornered on functional DIY projects, and Aimee
might be the queen of hysterical ones
(or this one
), I decided to put together a tutorial that LITERALLY ANYONE could follow for some inexpensive boots trees. I have actually been meaning to do this for ages -- it came up in conversation last week and then I spotted the supplies out shopping Saturday so I decided to go for it.
Step 1: Buy a pool noodle. Bonus points if it matches everything else you own.
|Cruce gets pretty judgemental about my DIY projects ;)|
You can find pool noodles at the dollar store, but I splurged and paid $4 for this one from Menard's. #treatyoself
Step 2: Find a measuring tape and exacto knife
(scissors or some other kind of cutting implement could also work, I just raided DH's tool shed and this seemed like the easiest way to do it).
Step 3: Decide how many boot trees you want.
I was hoping for three pairs, but my pool noodle was a bit too short for that, so I went with two. This part involves MATH
(I'm so sorry). My pool noodle was 58" long, so I went with four 14.5" pieces.
|Unnecessary step: realize you have wayyyyyy too many pairs of boots. Figure out that two pairs have broken zippers, so shove them in a back corner of the tack room to take to the repair shop when you have time (aka, never).|
|Decide your show boots can keep the real boot trees, so put them back in their boot bag. |
|Prioritize that your old show boots (new schooling boots) should have pool noodle boot trees.|
|Decide these random synthetic field boots don't need trees, and shove them in a back corner of your tack shed with the broken zipper boots. |
Step 4: Measure and cut! Not responsible for any damage to your digits if you're not careful with the knife.
|Decide the fauxbarrys deserve boot trees too. Realize you should probably give them some TLC, cause they look a little gross (and they looked even worse after they got dunked on a trail ride yesterday lol) |
Step 5: Voila! DIY (cheap) boot trees.
|Try not to cut off your fingers. |
If you really want to class them up, you could probably cover them in patterned fabric or something. I'm just cheap and lazy, so this works for me!
So there you have it! Literally the easiest DIY ever. Normally I would advise adult beverages while you craft, but I didn't want to cut a finger off. So drink at your own risk ;)
I just did this last week. You're fancier than me though, I didn't measure and I used scissors. LOLReplyDelete
I'm too OCD not to measure 😂Delete
#treatyoself lol love it! I need to do thisReplyDelete
By all means, splurge on a $4 pool noodle hahah. But it is a cheap way to make boot trees!Delete
If only they made hunter green pool noodles.... haha! Nice work keeping your fingers intact!ReplyDelete
You might be surprised! 😋 I bet you could spray paint one hahaDelete
Spray paint melts styrofoam....so I don't know how well that would work 😂😂Delete
Shhhh don't ruin it! 😂Delete
My husband has pool noodles in his boots, but I actually don't love them for the field boots, because they don't keep the shape of the boot. I hadn't thought about doing the pool noodles for my fauxberry's, but that's a perfect solution.ReplyDelete
All of my actual riding boots are dress (no idea where those random field boots came from lol) so it works well for me! And yeah they're perfect for fauxbarrys 😀Delete
You're my hero.ReplyDelete
I don't have as many fun paint drawings, but ya know, I tried 😋Delete
Really great! I need boot trees for my last two editions and this may just be it!ReplyDelete
One pool noodle = two pairs of boot trees. See? Works perfectly! HahaDelete