With the nature of my work, I regularly wear-out my rubber boots. Rather than throwing them into the garbage or donating them to Good Will, I discovered they can be repurposed into my garden shoes. Enjoy!
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Step 1: Gather All Materials Needed.
- Old pair of rubber boots
- 5/16 drill bit
- X-Acto knife
- Magic marker
- Jean button snap rivets (4)
- Fabric measuring tape
- Channellock Pliers
- Pair of Crocs (optional)
Step 2: Outline Shape of "Croc".
Choose a boot to start with. Using magic marker (be sure to use a color lighter/darker than the boot), outline the shape of a "Croc" onto boot. **Optional: Use a pair of brand Crocs to help reference the shape of outline.
Step 3: Cut Along Outline.
Using sharpe X-Acto knife, carefully cut through the boot and along outline the outline removing top of the boot and set it aside for later.
Step 4: Measure Circumference of Shoe.
Using the fabric tape, measure the outside circumference of the shoe opening.(Note: Half of the total, plus an additional 1 inch, will equal length of strap) As a reference, mark the middle front of the shoe, then measure 1/4 of total circumference on either side of the front mark and make a mark on both sides of shoe 1/2 inch below edge. Drill hole through each mark.
Step 5: Cut Out Shoe Strap.
Using the fabric tape, measure along the top edge of the boot, the length for the shoe strap. Then using the ruler, measure 1 inch from the top edge of the boot every 2 inches. Use the marks as a reference and cut out the shoe strap.
Step 6: Prepering Shoe Strap.
Using the scissors, round both ends of the shoe strap. Then mark 1/2 inch from both ends and drill hole through both marks. Push a jean button rivet into each hole from outside of boot strap.
Step 7: Assembling Shoe
Align jean rivets in the prepared shoe strap with anchor holes and push back ends into the rivets. Use the channellock pliers to securely fasten each jean rivet.