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Quick Craft: Button Boot Tray

Keep your home clean by having your family drop their muddy and wet shoes off on this door-side tray.

Project by Stephanie Staton

Make this boot tray for inside your mudroom to keep dirty shoes and boots off your clean floors. Photo by Stephanie Staton (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Stephanie Staton

When it comes to mud-room organization, things can get out of control pretty fast. But when your family knows exactly where to put their bags, coats and boots, it makes the job a little bit easier. This homemade boot tray is one tool you can use to guide your family in putting everything in it its place, and making it couldn’t be simpler.

Upcycle an old baking sheet or boot tray or purchase one new. Paint the tray with material-specific, waterproof spray paint, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You might need to apply several coats of paint. Once dry adhere letters of choice (these can be initials or another short word) to the tray with strong-bonding waterproof glue. Then fill the tray with new or used buttons for a touch of decoration and to help with drainage.

Set the tray outside your main entrance or right inside the door in your mudroom. You can create one tray for everyone to use or make multiple trays, one for each member of the family!


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Haley, Hugo, OK
Posted: 1/28/2015 4:23:10 PM
This might not be "farm" ready idea, but I can see how if could be useful in snowboot vs muckboot setting. A deep pan, with raised surface, would help dry boots & contain water underneath. That said, I'd want a raiser that I could remove from tray, to make it easier to drain off water.
Zoie, Elk River, MN
Posted: 5/25/2014 9:14:09 AM
I have to agree with Grams. My first thought was, "Wow! An extra chore washing those buttons!" But without them, or like Grams says, laminate it all, it's cute idea!
julie, Social Springs Community, LA
Posted: 12/16/2013 1:01:29 PM
The boot tray looks nice BUT not very practical. Boot trays most be able to be cleaned and I can see the buttons would be bagged up after the first washing. Cow and or chicken manure on all of those buttons with ridges and holes would have to be soaked and rinsed in a strainer then dryed and put away for the next project. Maybe make the project and take a picture of it and waterproof with lamination and put buttons away and put picture in the bottom of boot tray. Lets be practical!
Grams, Hillsdale, WI
Posted: 10/12/2013 10:57:56 AM
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