Spring Decorated Rain Boot Vases ~ How I upcycled ugly and uncomfortable rain boots into gorgeous vases for displaying pretty spring silk flowers.
I am super excited about today’s post for several reasons! It was a lot of fun to create spring decorated rain boot vases and it is equally fun to share it with you here today. The fun continues because I have joined the ‘DIY My Spring Blog Hop’ facilitated by Hometalk. At the end of this post you will find links to loads of other wonderful DIY ideas to welcome the spring season!
Last fall I bought a new pair of rain boots on sale. I thought they were kind of cute and fun to wear with their bright pink design out in the garden and when I trudged back and forth to the compost. I bought them one size bigger than I normally wear so I could easily slip them on and off. I kept them outside beside the back door to the covered patio so they were handy to put on and slip off.
Unfortunately the bright pink design started to deteriorate within a few weeks. You cannot quite see it in the photograph but they were getting really faded and starting to turn an ugly yellow. They were also very uncomfortable to wear. I started to avoid putting them on so they were just sitting at the back door looking ugly.
So rather than not use them or get rid of them because I was no longer using them I decided to give them a whole new look and a whole new purpose! Here is how I made…
Spring Decorated Rain Boot Vases
- rubber rain boots
- white primer spray paint (I like Kilz)
- Rust-Oleum Painters’ Touch black gloss spray paint
- Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray
- 1-1/2” wide satin wire edge ribbon
- floral wire
- duct tape
- 2 medium size binder clips
Make sure your rain boots are super clean. I used a scrub brush and a cleaner with warm water to make sure all of the dirt and debris are removed.
Cover the rain boots with spray paint primer. I applied about three coats starting with a very light coat. Then I applied a second coat to provide more coverage. Lastly I applied a final third coat to make sure the rubber material was completely covered. I allowed for each coat to thoroughly dry between each application.
Cover the rain boots with black gloss spray paint. I used the same technique described in Step 2 when I applied the primer.
Tip #1: After the black gloss spray paint has dried handle the rain boots with care. The paint can easily crack at this stage.
Apply two coats of Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray. This product seals the paint and will give the rain boots a permanent protective clear finish. I also love that it makes the painted rain boots moisture resistant. Allow each coat to dry for a couple of hours.
Tip #2: The acrylic spray protects the painted rubber and will make it easier to handle without the paint cracking. The rain boots can no longer be used for wear but will stand up to sitting outside in different kinds of weather.
Cut about 2 feet of 1-1/2” wired edge satin ribbon. The actual length will depend on the height of the rain boot. Make a bow by making a loop in about the middle and another loop the same size going the opposite direction. The loops I made were about 5” each.
Pinch the center of the looped ribbon together in the middle. Cut about 8” of floral wire and twist it tightly around the middle pinched area. Trim the excess floral wire.
Make two bows exactly the same.
Tips #3: I prefer making bows from ribbon that is the same on both sides. It is much easier to work with and you get a much bolder colour compared to ribbon that has a front and backside.
Cut a 5” piece of the satin wire edge ribbon. Fold it into thirds lengthwise and secure the edges with one or two pieces of black duct tape as shown in this image. Trim this strip if necessary.
Cut a piece of ribbon to fit the top rim of each rain boot with a couple of inches extra. Attach the bow to this ribbon strip by wrapping the smaller strip secured with duct tape to the center of the bow and about the middle of the ribbon strip. Secure the bow to the ribbon strip with ribbon as shown in the following images.
Line up the ribbon along the top rim of the boot with the bow at the front of the boot. Temporarily secure this with one or two binder clips. Attach one end of the ribbon at the back of the boot with a piece of duct tape as shown in the image.
Attach the other end of the ribbon at the back of the boot with another piece of duct tape. Use a longer strip of duct tape to further secure and hide the taped ribbon ends at the back of the boot. Attach the duct tape from the top of the boot till about 10” to 12” down the back of the boot.
Fluff and poof the bows at the front of each boot and trim the ends as shown in the image.
Fill the inside bottom of the boot with clean rocks or something similar to help weigh the boot down.
Fill the boot with spring silk flowers of your choice. I bought three bunches of purple silk tulips and cut the third bunch in half so each boot had 1-1/2 bunches. Michaels had a sale on that if you bought two bunches the third bunch was free so of course I had to take advantage of that promotion.
That is it! That is how to make spring decorated rain boot vases.
This is how it looks when you walk up to the front door. I made a Heart Shaped Grapevine Wreath for the spring season and the two spring décor items add a lot of colour. I love how the spray painted black rain boots coordinate with the black front door.
This is how it looks when you get close to the spring decorated rain boot vases…
…and this is how it looks when you look at the silk tulip bouquet from above…
…and from behind. The duct tape at the back is hardly noticeable and it does a really good job securing the band of ribbon along the top and the pretty bow in the front.
Final Comments: I made my rain boot vases from ugly uncomfortable rain boots that I wanted to upcycle into something different and new. You can skip painting used rain boots and transform brand new ones into pretty spring decorated rain boot vases. This gorgeous purple satin wire edge ribbon was leftover from How To Create A Gorgeous Pansy Outdoor Planter. You will be surprised to see how I used it!
Keep in mind the newly painted rain boots need to be gently handled so the paint does not crack. They are sealed with an acrylic spray paint that is moisture resistant so they can handle different kinds of spring weather. But I recommend placing them in a covered porch so they do not get filled with water on a rainy day.
I want to thank my younger daughter Brittany for her lovely compliment when she saw the completed spring decorated rain boot vases displayed on the front porch. She commented that this was my best DIY project so far. I hope you think so too!
Featured: Spring Decorated Rain Boot Vases was included in These Are The Hottest Spring Trends Of 2016 !
Your Turn: Now it is time to check out the rest of the DIY My Spring projects in the Home & Garden Blog Hop! There are so many wonderful ideas from some amazingly talented bloggers! Also, keep an eye out for the hashtag #DIYMySpring. Thanks to Hometalk for hosting this collaborative event!