If you are anything like me, you want to fix up your home yourself and not wait for anyone to do it for you! You roll up your sleeves and get to work! But we need to think about safety first! From head to toe you want to make sure you’ve got the right outfit for the job…that includes work boots! But work boots tend to be boring and manly…So for those of you out there that enjoy fixing things up around the house, and want to wear work boots that are actually cute, then this is the DIY for you! Plus, these are cute enough to throw on even if the work is done and you want to venture out!
I know I’m probably one of the extremes…a girl who actually needs to wear work boots, and needs steel toe boots. But I also want to look feminine and girly. We don’t need to LOOK like a guy just because we are doing the typical “manly” job. So whether someone out there just loves work boots, or actually needs the steel ones like I do, I wanted to find a way to make them cute! My friend, Ameka, brought a pair of boots back from Australia that had a cute design on them and that gave me the idea…BLING OUT THOSE BOOTS!
The best things about this is that you can really incorporate your own individual style, for example … If I was making these for Kym, she loves sparkle and bling so I would use rhinestones, crystals and glitter. If I was making these for Debbie, I would paint the bottom red and pick a heel boot. If was making these for Orly, I would leave the materials for her to do it herself…just kidding…she’s a bit edgy so I would add studs. For me, since I LOVE animals (and especially cats of all types) so I decided to do animal print for my own.
You Will Need:
- Adhesive (hot glue gun and glue sticks and fabric glue – I used Fabric Tac)
- Paint pens
- Trace paper
- OPTIONAL: Waterproofing spray
- Pick the boots you would like to bling out, and pick the items you would like to put on your boots.
- Lay out where you would like to add your items.
- Using trace paper & a pencil, create a template for your stencil for where your embellishments will be by following the existing lines of the seams. Place the trace paper over the boot and use the pencil to draw the outline.
- Cut out the trace paper.
- Take your trace paper, set it on cardstock, and trace around your template. (We do this step because the cardstock will be a sturdier stencil when cutting out your fabric, etc.)
- Cut out the cardstock.
- Use your cardstock stencil to mark the outline on the fabric or embellishment.
- Cut out fabric/embellishment.
- Use adhesive to affix the items to your boots. I used Fabric-Tac and self-adhesive materials. A hot glue gun could also be used.
- Finish doing this all around each boot.
- Wear with pride!
COST: If you have your boots, then it’s just the price of the fabric or bling you choose. It cost me around $15-$20 for each pair.
TIPS: Buy a waterproofing spray and spray on your boots after you are done. This will not completely protect them, but will help keep on any paint that you use.
Bling out your own boots at home and share with us in the comments below. You can also upload your pictures to social media and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter@paigehemmis & hashtag #DIYstyle #DIYplay. We want to see your style!
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