Embellishing Wellies (Rain Boots) with Ribbon

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Nothing would make me prouder than to tell you I have nothing better to do than embellish my rain boots but this would only be a half truth. The whole truth is that I have these really large calves and no boots in the world boots do not fit me. It's a terrible cross to bear.

So, in comes getting creative.  I found these rain boots at Walmart for ~$25, the grommets came from Hobby Lobby (buy more than you think you will need) and I had the ribbon. Any kind should work as well as a scarf, fabric strips etc. Be creative!

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Step 1: Cut the boot as deep as you need it. Right down the center.

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Step 2: Add the grommets per the instructions on the package. You might can buy more industrial grommets than the ones I bought. These little guys felt flimsy and were not the easiest to work with, hence the buy more than you think you will need.

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Step 3: Thread your ribbon & tie a bow.

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Step 4: Enjoy boots that fit over your calves & have personality!

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Now, if I could just get some rain!
~XOXO~



37 comments:

Inspire Me Heather said...

They look great! I like the ribbon you picked out too, so fun!

simpledaisy said...

So very cute!!!!!

~Shari said...

Seriously, those are adorable!! Just stinking adorable!!

Kim said...

Only you Christy! I love this and you!!!!

elizabeth said...

love them you are a genius!!!!

km said...

absolutely DARLING DARLING DARLING! I've always wanted to wear boots with such style and unique cuteness!!! :)

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

Brilliant! I have the same awesomely endowed calfs. I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!
~Macy

Red Door Kitchen said...

What a great idea! They look fantastic :)

Beachside Cottage said...

Love those wellies! Great fashion update!

Linda

Julie said...

These are darling!! I also wanted to find out where you got your black shelves in your work room? I could use some of those.

Destination Seaborn said...

AWWWW!!!!! I love them! So cute!!!

{Shaped by Grace} said...

These are so cute! Thanks for sharing! :)

Al McLeary said...

Absolutely Clever idea - Love it.

WootWoot said...

I have fat calves and really love this great idea! Oh how you have made my fall fashionable again!!

creativejewishmom/sara said...

love this idea, brilliant! I'd really love it if you'd drop by my crafty linky party and share this, plus lots of great inspiration from the features every week! all the best, hope to see you there @ www.creativejewishmom.com

Kailey B. said...

How did you attach the grommets? I dont want to buy a kit!! :-(

Cheryl said...

I have big calves too and I've never been comfortable wearing boots, but I have a grommet setter and these are ADORABLE! Thanks for the brilliant idea and you look cute as a button in your boots :)

Nikki Lynn said...

Finally someone who understands my pain! I WILL be doing this!

Thanks so much for sharing!

New follower here!

K said...

I feel your pain (and Nikki Lynn's)! I HATE how apparently the only way to wear rubber boots is by folding down the whole calf, and I'm really excited to do this to some plain ol' rubber boots! Thanks :D

Jennifer Juniper said...

I'll have to share this with my cousin who has the same problem fitting boots!

Anonymous said...

thank you for the great idea my daughter an i have big calves. an it is hard to find rain boots to fit that are cute we will be making these

Kirstin @ Hello Kirsti said...

Love this idea, now if only we could apply the same 'fix' to leather boots without it looking silly!

Anonymous said...

Love them!! Okay I have a stupid question....Do you wear boots over your shoes or are people bare foot underneath?

Michelle said...

This is brilliant! Great post. :)

Melanie said...

Love these! I have monster calves and have the same problem!

Maggie Lunsford said...

SO SO SO Cute! I can't wait to make my own! I had to mention them on my own blog.

Gina B said...

Thank you so much for this! I also have large calves and can never find boots to fit. I can't wait to do this!

Tara said...

Large calves are a family trait that my sisters & I wish we didn't inherit....but we did. We also played socer growing up so we didn't help the cause. Now my daughter, who's 3 1/2 has the same problem. I love this idea and will definitely make us all a pair!!!!

Sheri said...

ok this is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I'm definitely making some. thanks so much for sharing. adorable!!!!!

sleepless chill said...

oh the plagues of the big of calf! the envy when i see a delicious boot in a catalog... THIS at least gives me hope when it comes to sloshy rain boots! BRILLIANT!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

These are adorable!!! Such a great idea.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

LOVE your fabulous idea. They're sooo cute:) All of the expensive stores are now going to sell them;) New follower here. How could I not be?
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Adin B said...

Saw this one on Ucreate and thought it was just very genius. I was just at Walmart yesterday and was looking for a pair of boots for my little boy and for me. I ended up buying for my son only and didn't buy one for me. I like this idea and even though I have no problem with my calves, I still think this would add up some fun to a boring Walmart Rain boots. :) Thanks for sharing!

Adin B

Gail said...

Awesome idea! I also have the big calf problem and just don't buy the tall boots. Now there is a super cool way to embellish them!

TabbyBrillhart said...

I thought about doing this the other day but wasn't sure what it would look like. I am sooooooo doing this now! Very very very cute, thanks for sharing this!!!!! ~ Tabby :D

Paige said...

Very cute!

Sara said...

Just made these with inspiration from your blog!

I picked up some black at Marshall's on clearance. Measured the hole placement and marked with a white paint pen. (I didn't cut the wellies since they fit my calf fine.) Put the grommet over the markings and traced the larger dot of what I needed to cut out. Used an exacto knife to stab and move, stab and move, around my traced dot until it fell through. Voila! A hole ready for grommeting.

I used 3/8 inch grommets. Aside from the grommets, purchase a grommet tool kit that contains: a thick looking washer and what looks like an inch long rod with a grommet on the end. This made the install easy, following the instructions from the back of the grommet tool kit. A few bangs of the hammer and they were set.

I was surprised at how fast I was able to complete the project! The key was tracing and cutting holes to the right size prior to putting the grommets in.

Thank you!