DIY boho belted boots tutorial

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it’s here! finally! the DIY/tutorial for the Boho Belt Boots i teased here! these boots are so killer – so go hunting for some cowboy boots and some rad belts and make some for yourself and your loved ones…they’ll love you even more for it!

DIY Boho Belted Boots

watch the video above for the full tutorial

What You Need:

  • a pair of old or thrifted cowboy boots (preferably with no fabric lining)
  • various belts (vintage or new – i got my faux leather ones really cheap from Forever 21 for $2.99!) – usually two belts per boot
  • strong glue – 3M Maximum Strength Adhesive glue works best (better than e6000 because there’s less drying time)
  • ribbon, broken chain, lace, ribbons, cotton t-shirt scraps, etc. – anything extra to embellish your boots if you desire more than the belts
  • strong scissors
  • leather hole punch (optional) – use a sharp instrument to make extra holes in the belts to fit your boots
  • fabric glue sticks and hot glue gun (optional but i found it useful when applying the lace ribbon)
  • masking tape – to hold belts in place while glue is drying

Do It:

  1. cut your boots down the back with your scissors. stop at the heel cap and fold over
  2. plan your belt arrangement by wrapping them around your boots – usually they will wrap around twice and then buckle. if you need to, punch a new hole or trim your belt to fit perfectly. *don’t cinch them too tight, you still have to be able to get your foot in!
  3. once you’ve decided on the placement of your belts, start gluing! if you want to put some lace or fabric underneath the belts start with that and adhere with fabric glue sticks straight to your boot leather. don’t worry about the white color of the fabric glue because your belts will cover it.
  4. fasten your belts using the 3M glue – coat a thin coat on the boot area and another thin coat on the belt area, wait about 1 minute, until the glue is tacky and press the two coated sides together. i used a plastic knife to apply the glue. repeat all the way around to adhere your belt to your boot and the belt to the belt where it criss-crosses or overlaps. use the masking tape in places to hold the belt in place until the glue dries, around 1 hour.
  5. finish by gluing on some chain pieces, etc. if you want more decoration. use the 3M for heavy stuff. and/or tie on some stripes of fabric for more of that boho look!




  • Anne-Marit

    Yaaay, finally! I love it!! You’re awesome, thank you!

  • Angela Krasnick

    So awesome, I already have my boots ready! Thanks :)

    http://missangelamarie.blogspot.com

    • Anonymous

      great! i’d love to see what you do!

  • Rach

    Absolutely amazing, love love love!!

    • Anonymous

      thanks Rachel!!!! you have to make some!

  • http://www.ihanna.nu/blog iHanna

    Very cool boots, they look pro!

    • Anonymous

      thank you!

  • Mollieds

    I love boots and wow this is going into my collection! Precious and fun! Make girly or Harley!

  • Supergretch

    Just finished my own pair!! Can’t wait to tweet a pic at you when they’re dry! :) What an awesome and fun idea!

  • Daniela Grey

    Love love love this post! I have literally had a thrifted pair of cowboy boots in my closet for close to a year now I have been trying to figure out SOMETHING to do with and then I found this! so awesome, thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Great! have fun!!! let me know how it turns out! xx

  • Eli Bardova

    yeahh! My boots are done! They look so pretty and people thought they’re from shop, so they said : hey!Where have you bought this great boots?!  …. So, thanks for inspiration! :-)

    • Anonymous

      Great!!! so glad you did it! i’d love to see a pic!

  • Jamesapricejr

    you lack originality, you copied off someones idea and are trying to make it our own. get a life.

    • http://twitter.com/hannahxb Hannah B

      If you saw the original post about these boots (http://www.mrkate.com/2011/11/11/get-your-boots-and-belts-ready/) you would have read that she credits the original project from Luxury Jones as the inspiration for making her own pair. It’s at the bottom under all the pictures. So there’s no need for the nastiness.

  • http://www.catalinacalderon.com/ Catalina Calderon

    had to feature this. it is my fave right now.
    http://www.catalinacalderon.com/2012/01/chronicles-of-boho-love-diy-bohemian-belted-boots-tutorial.html

    will post pics when mine are done.
    I am thinking matching ones for my baby Valentina!

  • Siobhan_McMillan

    Finally got round to making my own! Can’t wait to show them off!

    • Anonymous

      great! i’d love to see them!

  • Bambi Jayne

    Super cute job on these.  Thanks for sharing.

  • Ctemoin

    Wow awesome tutorial I just made myself some! Very inspiring :)

  • Lovetomsforever_5

    LOVE THESE. deffy have to make some.

  • bootcrazy!

    How tall would you say the boots have to be? I just bought some from ebay and they have a 7 inch height from the heel. I want them to look chunky and i’m not sure if these will ahieve that effect when folded over!

  • Luna Merza

    oh god I just love your diy shoes. very creative and I love the details such as belt, floral belt etc. I wish to wear it!

    xoxo
    http://www.lunamerza.com

  • Kyra Pappas

    Love theses! i saw them back in october i think and have been dieing to make them and now i acutaully have time to do i already found really cool fringe Thanks mr. kate!!

  • AnnaLee

    I want to see pictures of what other people diiiid!!!!

  • creatively3

    Hi

    I posted some of your stuff on my blog (Giving all credits to you Kate)

    I hope its ok with you, do tell if there’s a problem!

    Here’s my blog:

    http://creatively3.wordpress.com/