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Looking for that pay raise? Grow 6 inches and take the extra money you earn to buy new pants! E-Z stilts with 2 cans, tape, and a pair of shoes
 
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Step 1: Materials: 2 cans, sturdy tape, shoes

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This one's low on supplies but high on the goofy meter. A few observations though:
1. the stilts feel all around more comfortable and safer with shoes (rather than barefoot attachment to the stilts).
2. a strap system could be used instead of tape. an instructable of this system might be posted laiter, but a liberal application of tape takes 5 minutes and seems strudy enough.

Step 2: Attach shoes to can with tape

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It is easier to first tape a shoe to a can before it is on your foot. Loosely tape on and then attach to foot and finish the job.

Attach the shoe to the "bottom" closed side of the can.

Step 3: Admire your work

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We used to put a couple holes in the sides of the cans near the top, run a long strong or rope through the holes and tie the two ends. that made a big loop thru the cans that we held onto as we walked. that way we didnt commit a pair of shoes to the stilts.
We used to put a couple holes in the sides of the cans near the top, run a long strong or rope through the holes and tie the two ends. that made a big loop thru the cans that we held onto as we walked. that way we didnt commit a pair of shoes to the stilts.
I just thought of something-I think The "Ducktape" company sponsers contests for inovative uses of their tape. You should enter! (You'd be a real "shoe-in") ;0)
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrilliant!!!
deadairman2 years ago
this is a really great instructable. with these 'stilts' i can now change light-bulbs in my kitchen and bathroom without balancing on top of a rolling-wheel office chair (that really scares my grandchildren to death -- as I am 62 and should not be into acrobatics). And, i will be able to recycle those old trainers. Simple, practicable, recyclable ... all the elements of a great instructable.
veggiepunk5 years ago
SHOES??? pfffft you snobs lol just tape the cans to your feet livin the dream
Shifrin7 years ago
Haha, No i can rule the world!
lemonie7 years ago
Like the use of tape! L
slasinski7 years ago
this is a bit boring.
Toontown8 years ago
Looks good to me..
0.775volts8 years ago
when you walk on stilts, you walk on the balls of your feet (like you're supposed to anyway). put the ball of your foot(inside the shoe) on the center of the can and you should be good to go. if that dosent work for you, just stand on the cans in a comfortable position and tape from there.
jjordan8 years ago
jjordan--should the shoe be taped in the middle, or have the heel hang over as pictured. Placement of shoe could be a factor in balance.
looks...quite...fashionable...cept i don't have converses...and...my sense of balance isn't so profound yet...