A few years ago, I was looking for something different to add to my front door to welcome spring, when I came across a pair of my kids' old rubber rain boots in the back of the closet. They were the teeniest pair of navy boots with little rainbow people on them and they just screamed out to be on display.
So I dressed one of them up with flowers and ribbon and hung it on my front door. It was the perfect way to welcome April showers.
I loved this little boot wreath and it cost me almost nothing the put together. Of course, being the fickle decorator that I am, I tired of it after one season and moved on to something else the next year. However this year, as spring approaches, I have boots on my mind again. I think it's because I keep seeing them in the stores and they are all on super secret clearance.
Not being one to waste money, I could see myself wearing some of these beauties and decorating with them...as long as it's done in a thoughtful way, no damage would occur.
This boot was the first one that caught my eye.
That buckle would allow me to hang them on my door without damaging the boot and I could wear them again when they were downgraded from decor.
I was just about ready to pull the trigger when I spotted these hot pink babies.
Now, I do not own hot pink rain boots and I have never wanted to own a pair, however once I spotted them, I couldn't think of anything else. I could picture a big bushel of white flowers spilling over the top of this boot, maybe even a bit of delicate greenery trailing down the sides. I would top the arrangement off with a very feminine, huge bow and hang it on my door (this boot also had a buckle on the other side) or place the pair on my stoop.
Alas, as luck would have it, this size six was the only pair left in that color and at five foot eight and a half inches, my foot is not a size six.
I would topple right over on feet that small.
I went back to peek at the navy Ralph Laurens again, but after the pink, eh, they just didn't look that special anymore.
So I went home empty handed.
Now I am not a quitter and once I get an idea in my head, I am hard pressed to let it go. I thought for a while and then remembered a pair of rubber boots that I never wear anymore.
I dug those suckers out from the back of the closet and got to work.
These boots are not the super bright spring color I was dreaming about, but their tailored look was perfect for this transitional time of year. There is still a bit of snow piled up here and there and since I already had something very colorful planned for my front door (stay tuned!), I figured I could dress up my living room entryway.
If I were going to make a boot wreath, as I call it, I would use fake flowers. I would load a bunch of plastic bags in the toe and shaft to take up extra space and then stuff the floral stems inside.
For this arrangement, I used the boot as a vase, so I went with real. This DIY is so easy that if you blink, you'll miss the tutorial.
Are you ready?
Ok, take a vase, fill it with water and the flowers of your choice. I used tulips. Big surprise. Carefully lower your vase into the boot. If there is extra room around it, you can stuff a few plastic bags or tissue inside to secure it. Add a bow of your choice and you're done.
It's a simple way to welcome spring and add a little bit of elegant whimsy to your home.
And your wardrobe.
I really should start wearing these boots again.
Although, I'd probably look kind of silly with just one.
Does your fashion do double duty as decor?
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