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Upcycling Backwoods Boots

Southern Styles & Steeds | Photo By Jerel of (www.jcolesstudio.com)

I have a knack for creatively reusing useless, unwanted products all the time — called upcycling.

The notion of upcycling has been commonplace for Cowgirl Candace since childhood. Boots easily became tool holders for my daddy, home décor for my momma and a new ride for my Barbie dolls on dirt roads.

Well, did you know the term upcycling gained traction during the mid 1990s. The physical process of extending a products life is exactly what I’ve done before it officially received this name and would do if I put my Durango boots on pause. Here’s how you can revive any ol’ boot for vanity display until you’re inspired to wear them again:

Step 1: Thoroughly, and I do mean “thoroughly,” wash or wipe off boots you’ve worn before using them for any do-it-yourself project.

Step 2: Next, stuff the boot shaft with decorative tissue so items like flowers and other trinkets can prominently display.

Step 3: Decorate your boot with your most beloved goodies to give it character. For this project and since I’m decorating my vanity, I’ve included the following: watermelon-designed, six-piece cosmetic brush set with accompanying tin case. I took each piece (powder brush, blush brush, foundation brush, crease blender brush, eye shadow brush, eyeliner/brow brush) out of the case to ornament the top of the boot. I also added my b.c. cosmetic beauty blender and flowers as finishing touches.

Step 4: Position the booted brilliance on your vanity where your cosmetics are accessible and adorable to view when not in use.

#ItsAnAttitude

 

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