DIY Faux Fur Boot Stays-Holder-Uppers w/Water Bottles

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Let me first start by saying that this may be one of my all-time favorite DIYs EVER… and I think my best DIYs come from pure necessity and/or a real desire to have something fabulous that I can’t find elsewhere. For instance, I can NEVER find really great boot shapers… thus, some of my boots are lying flat in their original boxes & others are standing with their original paper boards & tissue paper that came with them {very unchic!}. Really, when it comes down to it, I don’t want to spend money on boot shapers but I also don’t want to look in my closet and see a bunch of wine bottles or plastic bottles sticking out of my shoes. So this is my solution… and as soon as I finish more SmartWater bottles, I’ll be making sets for all my boots in my closet.

NOTE: Though this DIY is not complicated, there are a lot of steps.

What You’ll Need…

* SmartWater bottles {two 33.8 fl.oz.bottles per each boot stay}
* Scissors
* Duct Tape
* Hot Glue Gun {I started with Mod Podge – big mistake! Huge.}
* Short Pile… Faux fur {or another thick fabric or textile}
* Ribbon {+ a lighter}
* Tassels


* Cut the tops off of your bottles {stab and cut around carefully}

* Allow them to dry COMPLETELY {upside down in the warm sun is quick!}

* Cut 4 slits evenly around the tops of your bottles.

* Insert one bottle into the other… adjust for height {make some taller than others but match your “pairs” in height}

* Duct tape them together. I overlapped mine and went about 6″ wide to make my bottles sturdier.

Optional but Special…

* Cut off about a foot of duct tape… Cut a slit in the center… Cut a piece of ribbon about 6″ or longer and singe the ends with your lighter…

* Slip your ribbon through the slit in the tape creating a loop on the unsticky side… slide your tassel through the center of your ribbon loop… Slip the tassel loop through the ribbon and tie the ribbon in a double knot… press your knotted ribbon down onto the tape to secure it in place.

* At the center of each of the ends of ONE side of your bottles, tape down and secure sides.

* Roll your fabric around the bottle to measure it and cut {cut larger than you need}

* Use your bottle base as a template, draw & cut out two circles & cut a slit in the center of each.

* Pull your tassel & ribbon loop through the center slit & hot glue your fur circle to the bottle and over the edges {if it’s a little big that’s okay}.

* Beginning at the furry top edge, carefully hot glue gun the top of your fabric around the bottle, edging it against the fur circle top seamlessly so there is no space in between.

* Straighten out your fur and hot glue gun the starting side all the way down your bottle… then do the opposite side only glueing up to the edge, do not overlap.

* Trim off your excess material {around the bottom as well, leaving about 1/2″ at the base}

TIP: if you want a “finished” seam along the side of your shaper after you cut off the excess, carefully apply more hot glue to the small areas in between the edges and tuck your edge under a bit while simultaneously glueing it down.

* Apply hot glue to the edge and bottom then pinch your left-over fabric and press it down and secure it to the edge & bottom. Cut a small circle, apply glue to the center and add your final bit of fur to finish off the bottom.


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Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Valentina

    September 3, 2012 |

    Ingenious!! Great idea!

  • Ellie

    September 3, 2012 |

    Wow, what an amazing idea, currently on a wardrobe organaization rampage and this project is the perfect way of making my boots look even prettier! Loving the tassels too. Your shoes and bag collection is to die for aswell!


  • Amy

    September 3, 2012 |

    Great DIY!


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  • Carissa Padilla

    September 3, 2012 |

    This is pretty awesome! And cute!

    check my blog out too please?

  • Stephanie @ henry happened

    September 3, 2012 |

    they look absolutely great! that faux fur is adorable and it’s just what I’d like inside of my boots 🙂

  • Katya

    September 3, 2012 |

    thats a great idea♥

  • Nathalie

    September 3, 2012 |

    This is amazing!
    Such a great idea.

  • Matter Of Style

    September 3, 2012 |

    absolutely clever, cheap and beautiful! 😀

  • Amanda @ Eloquent English

    September 3, 2012 |

    These are awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I just pinned it! However, I wouldn’t be able to use the tassels b/c my cat Norman would eat them! BAD KITTY! xoxo

  • elise

    September 3, 2012 |

    Brilliant !

    Thank you,

  • Laura Wears...

    September 3, 2012 |

    Wow – great idea! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


  • gheidi

    September 3, 2012 |

    I went total boot crazy last year and this is the perfect DIY for me! I love them to…boot. 😉 Thx!

  • Emma Nicholson

    September 3, 2012 |

    Absolutely love it! So easy to make so you really don’t need to buy them.

  • Maria @ GLD

    September 3, 2012 |

    These are insanely cute! But I am wondering if the fur makes them a bit expensive. Anyway, I can’t think of another material ti use, because they wouldn’t turn out so lovely and fancy.

  • Naomi at The Occasional Indulgence

    September 3, 2012 |

    I love it! I will have to go find some Smart Water pronto!!

  • loulou

    September 3, 2012 |

    These are excellent. And of course, like every thing you do, they’re pretty too! Well done.


  • Anonymous

    September 3, 2012 |

    OKAY! love love….This is such a great idea and I need about 6 sets of these .. and I love that your DIYs are so smart, recycled and I don’t need a sewing machine for!

  • Les Créations de Nanni

    September 3, 2012 |

    Great DIY! Should definitely make some myself 🙂

  • Leti BloggingySoffing

    September 3, 2012 |

    Great idea, i loveit!

  • Paper Sidewalks

    September 3, 2012 |

    What a fantastic idea! I do this with my boots as well, but I use those floating noodles for the pool (it’s a great dollar store find!) Yours, ofcourse, is much more chic than mine 😉


    September 3, 2012 |

    This is just amazing!! You have such a good way of making simple things amazing. I’m sure this will be ALL over pinterest soon!

  • AD+SH DIY Fashion Blog

    September 3, 2012 |

    Such a cute idea!

  • Mawiyah

    September 3, 2012 |

    Best one yet – I must say 🙂

  • Inna

    September 4, 2012 |

    Who knew water bottles could look that good! 😉

  • Jessi

    September 4, 2012 |

    Okay, you just one-upped me… I use old rolled up fashion magazines. I always thought I was being so eco-friendly and chic by repurposing my old Vogues… these are much cuter! 😉
    xoxo J

  • Anonymous

    September 4, 2012 |

    It is so very stylish and good shaped.
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  • ThroughRye

    September 4, 2012 |

    I’m genuinley impressed, wow! I will, as soon as I’ve got some time over, go and try this out. They look great! And it’s just what my boots need. They’re starting to look a bit.. yeah. So thank you, great tip!

  • Skin Repair

    September 4, 2012 |

    I like the entire collection especially the BIY boot because i always searching some unique boots for my own use. I’ve visited many of websites but this collection is awesome and quite unique. Thanks for sharing with us..:)

  • Me salen alas

    September 4, 2012 |

    GUAUUU!!! This is genial!! Kisses from Spain!! Your blog is amazing. Besos y ¡¡a darle duro a la semana!!♥♥♥

  • Mira

    September 4, 2012 |

    OMG what a funny idea. You are really creative!!!


  • My-cliffnotes

    September 4, 2012 |

    These are the cutest things ever. What a great idea.


  • Holly

    September 4, 2012 |

    dude, this is so good!

  • Patty

    September 4, 2012 |

    Sooo much nicer that the folded up old magazine trick!

  • Hannah

    September 4, 2012 |

    These are so cute!! Can I share them on my blog? All credit to you of course!

  • Victoria

    September 4, 2012 |

    Great Idea! Love the creativity!

    xoxo Victoria

  • stacy

    September 5, 2012 |

    in my opinion, one of your best DIYs!

  • LesliMarie

    September 5, 2012 |

    This is an awesome idea! I always buy those expensive ones from the container store. Love this!

  • Modyfikatornia

    September 6, 2012 |

    These are amazing! So glamorous,being a DIY fan I must make some,too!

  • Rosanna!

    September 7, 2012 |

    Great project. I’m loving that brown bag in the first photo! What is it/where is it from?

  • Imagesbystephanierose

    September 8, 2012 |

    i think im going to have to do this in some pretty fabric, im not big on fur faux or real but i think some pretty floral fabric or a nice thick fleece may do the trick but i love the idea. right now i have 4 pairs of supercute boots and they are just sitting in the boxes like yours were.

  • SweetBonita

    September 14, 2012 |

    this is about the cutest thing i’ve ever seen.

  • Anonymous

    September 18, 2012 |

    OH MY GOD!! doing this this weekend!!!!! Maybe i can talk my boyfriend into helping….

  • niftyoasis

    January 3, 2013 |

    How much fabric did you need for one pair of boots?

    I love this idea. I’m almost done drinking all the water I need for my boots (I have 5 pairs… that’s a lot of water lol)

  • Rose - Simple Jewelry

    January 17, 2013 |

    Love this idea! I’m sharing this cool project on my blog today. I can’t believe how classy you made them look. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    March 10, 2013 |

    I had a thought of a Pool Noodle with the fur covering would work too!

  • Autumn

    July 23, 2013 |

    I just saw this and OMG, how cute!

  • lucy

    November 25, 2013 |

    where did you buy the faux fur fabric? i would love to get the same

  • Maegan Tintari

    November 25, 2013 |

    At my local fabric shop {JoAnne’s} though they usually don’t have the best options, I got lucky that day!

  • none

    December 26, 2013 |

    These are great. I’ve been trying to figure out a different project involving faux fur on formica and there’s not much online about how to bond these two materials (or faux fur on any plastic). I have seen a lot about modge podge and was wondering what was such a disaster about the modge podge in your first attempt? Thanks!

  • Maegan Tintari

    December 26, 2013 |

    It just didn’t stick with the mod podge… the hot glue was the best!

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