The Prettiest Way to Keep Your Boots Standing Tall

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
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Now that it's boot season, we are all thinking of better ways store our boots. When they are all slumped over, they wear out faster and can even crack. I've seen the trick using a pool noodle in a lot of places, but my version easily gives you a pretty way to keep your shoes upright.

Slumped boots

Look at how sad my boots are. They are all slumped over each other, and it's starting to wear them out.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Tools and materials for the project

I used an old pool noodle, a colorful fabric, an exacto knife, some ribbon, and pinking shears (not pictured and optional to this project ). If you don't own pinking shears, just pick a fabric that isn't likely to fray.

Step 2: Cut Your Noodle

Cutting the pool noodle

I put the noodle inside the boot and marked it a drop lower than the top of the boot. I marked lower than the height of the boots because the fabric ends will add a little height. Then I cut the pool noodle using an exacto knife.

 Step 3: Cut Your Fabric

Laying the pool noodle on the fabric

First, I cut my fabric so it was about 2.5 inches bigger than the pool noodle at the top and bottom and a few inches larger than the pool noodle's circumference. I used pinking shears (scissors that cut little zig-zags) so that my fabric wouldn’t fray, if you don’t own pinking shears, use a fabric that won’t fray so you don’t have to hem the fabric.

Step 4: Wrap It Up

Wrapping the pool noodle

Then I rolled the pool noodle up like a pack of Christmas crackers.

Step 5: Tie the Ends

Tying the ends

Then I tied off the ends with ribbon. I made 3 pairs of these boots, because I have 3 pairs of tall boots.

Using pool noodles in boots

Now they stand up tall and stay in good shape.

More DIY Pool Noodle Ideas

Check out our guide on pool noodle hacks for more surprising ways to use pool noodles around your home.

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  • Cee83995732 Cee83995732 on Oct 05, 2023

    Cute idea! Thank you for sharing.

  • Pat Bellin Pat Bellin on Oct 05, 2023

    Wonder why you have to wrap in fabric? Couldn’t I just use the noodle bare?

  • Lori Ward-Laatsch Lori Ward-Laatsch on Mar 05, 2024

    I did this, sans the pretty, then I found boot hangers that hang in you closet and I had the space so I did that and love them.

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  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 12, 2024

    Good idea. I already use the pool noodles, never gave a thought to wrapping them in fabric. Something to consider

  • Carol f engler Carol f engler on Jan 28, 2024

    been doing this for over five years. i got pink ones so i do not wrap them easy peasy