October is one of my favorite months! I love all the color changes and the falling temperature and Halloween! So in honor of the upcoming day, I’m proud to share my first DIY on the blog!
I love dressing up in costumes when I can. But costumes can get expensive. So I cut corners where I can and like to make my own. I’ve gotten lots of compliments and I’m proud of my work. I dressed up as Wonder Woman this year for Gen Con. I was going with a more traditional costume (as opposed to the newer movie with Gal Gadot), so I needed the iconic red boots with the white stripe down the middle. Party City had boot covers for like $20, but they were not anywhere near me, and I did not want to order them. So with that in mind, I set out to make my own.When I started this, I didn’t want to tarnish the boot itself in case I wanted to wear them as regular boots later on. I’ve included my steps and pictures where applicable so that you can follow along and adapt this tutorial for you!
Here’s a picture for reference of what I was going for.
- Tall boots
- Two rolls of red Duck Tape
- One roll of miniature white Duck Tape (it’s thinner and cheaper than a full roll of Duck Tape– usually around $3)
- Scissors (if you don’t like ripping tape or if you’d rather cut)
- Buy some boots- I found my boots at Goodwill because I didn’t want to use any nice boots or care if they got torn up. I have large calves and was a little skeptical of finding some that would fit, but I did! (I forgot to take a picture of the boots, but any mid-calf to knee-high boots will do. Doesn’t matter color)
- Cut/tear two pieces that are long enough to fit around the top of the boot when your leg is in it.
- Layer the red tape- Put the two adhesive sides together, but leave room on either side for the adhesive to still be available.
- Wrap one of the adhesive ends around the inside of the boot- Refer to the picture above for a visual. But this is how I secured the tape to the boot (because none of the rest of the adhesive will touch the material of the boot).
- Put on the boot- Yes, I include this as a step. These boots by themselves have a different shape than my calves. I wanted these boots to fit my calves, so I taped them while they were on me to make sure they fit me properly.
- Repeat Step 3
- Wrap your next layer with the previous adhesive side sticking to the new adhesive side. After this second one, it should like this:
- Repeat Steps 6 and 7 all the way down the boot- When you get to the foot part, your tape doesn’t have to be as long because you don’t have to wrap it around as much. (Also, when you get to your ankle, you can take the boot off. It should stand on its own). I wrapped my excess tape around parts of the bottom of the boot to keep it secure.
- Cover up any excess- If you have any part of the original boot sticking out, cover them up with a little more tape. (This picture gives a clue to the next step but you can see the tape on the bottom of the boot. The toe is up)
- Make the stripe- The white stripe up the middle of the boots is iconic for Wonder Woman. So starting under the toe of the boot, I took the white Duck Tape and tried to make a line as straight as possible up the middle of the boot.
- Make the top ring- Wonder Woman’s boots also have a ring of white up at the top, so I took the white Duck Tape and wrapped it around the top of the boot (no need to layer since the boot is already covered). I then did this a second time a little lower to make the ring thicker than the stripe.
Front: Back/inside of the top
I’m super proud of how they turned out! Here’s a picture of me as Wonder Woman with a Superman and Batman at Gen Con!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful!!!! If you did, don’t hesitate to let me know! I do a lot of crafts, projects, and other DIY stuff so feel free to shoot me suggestions or things you want to see!