Introduction: Apple Box to Walking Boot Carrier in 5mins (an End to Mud in the Back of Your Car and Stinky Boots in an Old Plastic Bag)

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This Instructable is for you, if you go hill walking a lot and have muddy boots and have ever suffered from any the following:
  • Muddy Boots rolling around in the back of your car.
  • The plastic bag which either rips, because it's cheap, or your boots are so large they hardly fit.
  • You leave your boots in the plastic bag after the tip - only to return weeks later to find they have gone really sweaty and horrible, or worse still they have damaged the leather/fabric.
  • Regretted seeing Apple Boxes thrown away :(
(It also means you/your local supermarket will not need to trash a good solid box...Earth Day points to you!).

YOU WILL NEED:
- Walking Boots
- 1 Apple Box (which your walking boots can fit into on their side).
- A Knife/Scissors.
- A Pencil.
- [optional], glue/tape/zip-tie.
- 5 Mins. Probably less. In fact it probably takes longer to read my overly detailed Instructable!

YOU WILL NOT NEED:
- Special Tools
- Fancy skills with cardboard (though you can visit Design Modelling, if you would like them).

Anyway – read on for ingenious cardboard solution to walking boot storage and how YOU can make one too…

Step 1: Re-use the Recycling - Get a Box

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Grab a box from your recysling (or your neighbours), (or a supermarket).

Check your boots fit in the side - as show.

Step 2: Cut the Sides & Make a Fold

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Cut down the sides of the box, in the middle, as shown. 

Make a fold in the middle. Either
- by just bending it with force.
- by cutting out a little fillet of card, as shown.... make sit easier to bend.

Step 3: [Optional] - Fix Sides Together

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If you like, you could join the sides together more securely.

I used a Zip-Tie, but you could use tape or glue, etc.

Step 4: Make a Handle

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Measure out a comfortable handle side.

Cut out carefully, through both sides.

Step 5: Trim Off Excess Cardboard

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Tidy it up a bit.

Because you're a Pro.

Step 6: You're Done! (so Make One for Your Friends Too!)

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Spread the cardboard Earth-Day excitement!

If you'd like to learn more Cardboard skills, please check out Design Modelling - Techniques.

Or take a look at my Cardboard Raspberry Pi Case - Instructable.

Thanks for taking a look, let me know how you get on.

Cheers,
Jude

Comments

gcklaus (author)2013-11-14

Thanks for the inspiration! Brought an apple-box home from the discounter the other day and build a nice transporter-box for my shoes today.

Hey Jude (author)gcklaus2013-11-17

Haha - many thanks for the reply! I was beginning to wonder if this I'ble was useful to anyone other than myself. Glad it helped.

That said - do check out the Boombox, which was part of a Kickstarter project in case you are feeling like something more technical! https://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-BoomBox-quick-n-dirty-concept-modelling-/

gcklaus (author)Hey Jude2013-11-18

Don*t worry, it is really useful! I showed it to some friends and everybody was amazed. Demand for apple-boxes will rise!

Thanks for the link. I also found your card-box Pi-case and will definitely build one !

kretzlord (author)2013-04-23

Love it! I sadly don't have the muddy boot problem as frequently these days, but i sure wish I did. This would be a great project for a boy scout troop!

Hey Jude (author)kretzlord2013-04-23

Shame... you might find some more 'indoors' activities at this event I did: http://www.judepullen.com/designmodelling/capital-one-earth-day-workshop/
Still using cardboard. Thanks for the comment =)

kretzlord (author)kretzlord2013-04-23

*I sure wish i did have that problem*

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