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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Duck Tape Covered Boots


Duck tape or Duct tape?
"I've heard it both ways"  (25 bonus points if you know the tv reference)

("Duck" is the brand, "Duct" is the type of tape used for duct work)


I used Duck brand tape (about $3 at Michaels after coupon) in this cool houndstooth pattern to fix up my black boots that were starting to fall apart.  The leather was starting to wear near the zippers, there was a small tear here, and the toes where all scuffed up.

I wiped them down and then applied black scuff cover all over the bottom and heel of the boot to spruce them up a little.

Then I started slapping strips of tape on the boots, making sure to leave about an inch of overhang on top to fold down into the top of the boot.  I got about this far and thought--what in the world am I doing?  

I had to make several cuts with scissors to get the tape to  lay down right around the curves.


But when it was all done, it acutally looked pretty good, so I did the other one too.

And here's the finished pair.  What do you think?  I have no idea how they'll hold up, and I certainly won't be able to wear them in the pouring rain (which we do get here sometimes)  But I at least extended their life and kept them from the trash pile for now!



Houndstooth Boots via Crafting in the Rain


**A couple of people guessed my Psych reference right!**

**Someone asked how I did the tape around the zipper--I just did both sides of the zipper with strips of tape first, just covering up the edge of the leather but not taping on the actual zipper.  I made cuts in the duct tape as needed on the non-zipper side so it would lay flat**

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95 comments:

  1. shut the front door! amazing results.

    wow!

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  2. That's just crazy! I love it! I guess my next trip to Michaels will be to get some Duct Tape! Clever Girl!

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  3. Wow! Such a perfect idea. Great job :)

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  4. Your boots are so much fun! I would not have guessed they are covered in duct tape. I bet they will hold up pretty well. I received some fun duct tape in my stocking. Now you have inspired me to come up with a clever application.

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  5. What in the world? They SO do not look like they are covered in tape! You are genious. I must see if I can find that houndstooth tape... I'm a little obsessed with houndstooth. I just found your blog from the Ginger Snap party, so glad I did!!! K, and you are going to SNAP? I really want to go, still trying to decide if I can :) If I do, hope we can meet!

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  6. What a cool idea to update a pair of old boots! Love it!

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  7. So cute! I have a sister that is obsessed with duct tape and she'd love this idea :) I'd love for you to share at Taking A Timeout Thursday if you get the chance: http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/01/taking-timeout-thursday-no-11.html#uds-search-results

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  8. Everything in life is better with Duck Tape! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I AM SOOOOO DOING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a black pair that I Luuurve but are falling apart. I do believe some duct tape will breathe new life in to them and maybe just in time to wwear them when Alabama Kicks LSU's tail in the championship game next monday night ;)
    Also I'm your newest follower and I would love it if you would stop by my blog sometime :)

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  10. Oh my gosh! I love it! I covered my little girl's shoes in zebra print duct tape and they've held up pretty good. You can see them here if you'd like.
    http://www.craftymischiefbybrittany.com/2011/08/princess-and-her-shoes.html
    Thanks for sharing! I found you through Delightful Order.

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  11. What a good idea! You'll definitely have to let us know if they last. And is your reference from Psych? We definitely watched the first three seasons over Christmas so it's on my brain.

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  12. You quoted Psych!!
    And no you have not heard it both ways Shawn!

    Plus, I love the boots!!

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  13. This is super wonderful!!! I have a pair of shoes that are starting to wear down, but I didn't throw them out because they are one of the only heel that don't make me scream to take them off at the end of the day...lol Now I know what to do!

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  14. ok... I have to admit, I've seen these at some linky parties and had my doubts, but I'm glad I checked them out! You're very clever... they turned out darling! I'm your newest fan! Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance. =)

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  15. WOW!! I am really blown away by these boots. I'm super impressed, and I linked to this post in a tweet yesterday!! I love the houndstooth, too. Thank you so much for linking up to Oopsey Daisy!

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  16. This is awesome! They look so good. I have some old shoes I need to do this to...

    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

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  17. Those boots are awesome! I have got to get some of that duct tape!

    happylizard.blogspot.com

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  18. Great job! I don't know if I'd have the patience to work around the edges as well as you have! But I love that you made them cute and fashionable again! Now I'll have to look twice at boots I pass over in Goodwill....

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  19. Well, now I'm bummed. Wish I'd seen this before I chucked my cherished black boots that were tearing! :) PS. I DID get your psych reference, he DOES say that a lot and he IS cute.

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  20. WOW!! That's really cool! Thanks for sharing:D

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  21. How inventive!! I love them! Please post an update after wearing them a few times. -Marci

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  22. those look amazing!!!!
    I would love for you to join me in Handmade 52! http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/2012/01/handmade-52.html

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  23. Wow I can't believe this is duct tape!! I think I could tackle this with maybe an old pair of flats or something... thanks for sharing!!

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  24. SUT UP!!! YOU ARE A GENIOUS!!! lol this is the most jaw dropping make-over! All I can say is WOW! Im following you please stop over and chat and follow me too:)) Thanks Deidre~ http;//simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  25. Those are pretty much awesome. I love houndstooth...and duct tape...so I'm in love.

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  26. These are super fresh, or is that phresh? Either way, too cool! Love them.
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  27. Those are awesome!!! I may just have to try something like that with an old pair I have. Coming to visit from the Tatertots & Jello Weekend Wrap Up!!

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  28. Genius idea! I, too live in the PNW rain, but I'm still going to try this idea out! Brilliant!

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  29. Oh My!!! This is Certainly not your Grand Daddy's duck tape... LOVE THEM!!! great job.. :)
    http://shoprubyjean.com/2012/01/sew-crafty-tuesday-linky-4-and-giveaway/

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  30. LOVE this! So original! Sharing this on my Facebook page:)

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  31. UNREAL!!! And I thought duct tape only came in silver/grey. LOVE these boots and know that I would buy them in a store if I saw them. You've created a treasure!

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  32. These are absolutely adorable!!! Great job!!!!

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  33. What a great idea. I love the houndstooth duck tape. They turned out fantastic. Thanks for linking to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I featured these in my post today.

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  34. Seriously, this is too cool! Love the transformation, and love the houndstooth duct tape. My gosh, you are one creative little chick. Wishing you might consider posting this at Sunday's Best party going on now. thanks!

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  35. HOLY FREAK! love these. I just made fun of myself using duct tape (designer) in my daughters closet. YOU BROUGHT it to an entirely new FASHIONABLE LEVEL. love hounds-tooth and these are darling. Well done. Sharing on my COM-FB page

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  36. Now that's just plain creative! They look amazing, and I'd certainly never guess you used duct tape! Thanks for linking up! ~Jen

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  37. They turned out super cute! I want a pair too...

    dramaqueenseams.com

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  38. That is insanely clever! Brilliant and I LOVE the houdstooth!!

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  39. I'm loving your boots! You did a great job. I just featured them on Sew Woodsy's Facebook Fan Page!

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  40. This is EPIC! I think I am going to try to do this. What a fantastic idea! I am going to feature this on my blog on Tuesday!

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  41. Love it! Thanks for linking up! Check out my giveaway....


    XO, Aimee

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  42. I love all your crafty goodness! Im your newest follower!
    xoxo

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  43. Oh my gosh these are the cutest things ever!! Love them!! Pinning right now!

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  44. That a great idea! I have a pair of rain boots I don't care for so much, I'm going to try this!

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  45. Seriously impressive and a great way to keep using worn out boots! Would love for you to link this to my Craftastic party:)

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  46. totally LOVE these! thanks for linking up and sharing on Make it Monday! I'll be sharing your link on the Brassy Apple FB page! :)

    I also saw that you will be at SNAP! me too! I spoke at last years conference. it will be fun to meet you there!

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  47. Pretty cool, actually. It is really "Duct" tape because of its design to be used for duct work. The "Duck" tape brand probably came about because so many people call it that, and maybe because of trademark limitations. I'm just guessing. haha I hadn't seen designer tape, though, so learned something new. A friend shared this with me on facebook.

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  48. Pretty sweet! I do not have the patience for that kind of detail (or wallpapering for that matter) great job '!

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  49. Oh my goodness...seriously? These are awesome! I have black boots in need of some added coolness.

    I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-week-twenty-one.html

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  50. I'll be featuring YOU this Thursday in my {take a look at you} post. Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday last week. Hope to see you again tomorrow night at 7 pm when this week's party goes live. :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

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  51. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing, visiting via Make the Scene Monday

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  52. Featuring on Wed. this week at Bacon Time :)

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  53. Just think of all those funky boots from the 70's you see in thrift stores. With your awesome idea, I think you may have started a Duck tape craze!!!!

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  54. I love Psych! And now I love this blog :) These boots are awesome :) I'm so impressed.

    I'm happy to be your newest follower, and I'm hoping you'll stop by my BRAND NEW blog and follow me back!!

    Thanks a million :)
    Sarah @ Dotted Line Crafts

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  55. They look amazing! Great job!

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  56. OMG! Cutest Boots ever!!! Love this idea!

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  57. I just featured this tonight--thanks for inspiring! :) http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2012/01/wednesdays-wowzers-2-2.html

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  58. Just like everyone else - I think these are amazing! I cannot believe they are duct tape - so cute!! I am stopping by from TT&J -

    Amanda
    everycreativeendeavor.com

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  59. Dropping by again to let you know I've featured these at Grits and Giggles. Come grab a featured button!
    http://www.gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-i-love-wednesday.html

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  60. Want to know what else is awesome about Shawn from Psych? He's from San Antonio, which is also my hometown!! :)
    I have a pair of ballet flats that I LOVE and I'm thinking of doing what you did to your boots to them... Hmmmmmmmm ;)

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  61. Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  62. Oh. My. Goodness. THAT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  63. Yep. Total awesomeness!! Would love to hear how these hold up! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I have loved having you! I'll be featuring these on Sunday. Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Jenn :)

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  64. These are awesome!!! Just wondering how you did around the zipper??!?!?!

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  65. You know that's right! I have a pair that is doing the same thing... now I know what to do with them... zebra stripes???

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  66. Steph...this is simply amazing! You did such a fantastic job making the patterns match up! Wow!

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  67. They came out great! They look like fancy rain boots & nothing like duck tape! And I love houndstooth =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  68. I saw these at a couple linky parties, finally I had to click on them & see. Wow! AH-MAZING!!!

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  69. That is so cool! Thank you for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you come back to share more great ideas next Saturday. -The Sisters

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  70. Thanks again for letting me feature these cute boots on BlogHer. They are a-doorbell!

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  71. Totally shocked! I love these!!!

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  72. Awesome use of duct tape. I was wondering if you have any craft ideas for how to repurpose old magazines?

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  73. I have a pink rubber boots that I can't bear to throw even though they are falling apart-this is genuius. I only hope my husband doesn't use it to repair something around the house...

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  74. Thanks for sharing this nice post.If you are like me very much in love sequin uggs then welcome to your return visit.

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  75. THAT's INCREDIBLE!!

    Those look amazing!!! You will be able to get some wear out of them, right?

    Totally LOVE this!!!

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  76. most definately DUCT tape. duck tape is a brand. it was for DUCTs originally.

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  77. I am in-freaking-love! I wear a size 12, so can never find rain boots my size. I'm making these ASAP! Thanks so much!!!

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  78. Thevrefetence is a saying that shawn from the tv show psych says to gus, LOVE THAT SHOW!

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  79. This is awesome! I use duct tape on everything, and my boots JUST ripped. I love this idea!

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  80. Absolutely LOVE this! With all the team Duct Tape out there now you could make football team shoes now! Great idea!

    Thank you for linking up to #throwbackthursdaylinkup

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  81. Very fun and creative! Lovely post #ThrowbackThursdaylinkup

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  82. Found you through the throwback thursday link up! These are so stinking cute! I love them!!!! Such a great idea for shoes that are getting too worn!

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  83. Oh my cuteness!! Thank you for sharing these on the #throwbackthursdaylinkup last week. #1 I love boots #2 I love Duck tape #3 Houndstooth...need I say more! This week's link-up is up so be sure to head over and link up another post!

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