■ Nail polish remover (acetone)
■ Sand paper
■ Terry cloth rags
■ 1 roll painter’s tape
■ Acrylic paint (must be
formulated for leather)
■ Assorted paint brushes
■ Boot trees or rolled up
■ E6000 or Hypo Cement
■ 1 block floral foam
1. First, you’ll need to strip the
layers of wax, polish and dye from
the leather. Wet a terry cloth rag
with nail polish remover. Rub it
vigorously over the entire boot.
If you meet resistance, scu; the
area with sandpaper and rub again.
Now your paint can penetrate
the leather and provide rich,
2. To smooth out deep creases
and make the boot easier to paint,
place a boot tree or several rolled
up magazines inside the shaft. If
you’re using multiple colors, use
painter’s tape to protect sections of
the boot you’ll paint later.
3. Begin painting with the
palest color. When it dries, check
for blotches and uneven coverage.
If necessary, add a second coat.
Remove the tape as you continue
painting other sections. Don’t
neglect your boot’s heel and
outsole. Those areas usually need
some attention, too.
4. The paint should be
completely dry in several hours.
If your boot has large areas of
solid color, consider adding some
visual interest with a background
pattern. For example, select a
rubber stamp with a paisley or
floral pattern, and repeatedly
apply it using permanent metallic
ink. (A solvent-based ink like Staz-
On is permanent and suitable for
use on leather.) You can also dab
contrasting paint colors inside the
framework of a stencil.
5. Now add your fancier
embellishments. These can
include flat-backed crystals, old
holiday jewelry, strands of vintage
rhinestone necklaces and small
silk or fabric flowers. Just be sure
to use the appropriate glue or your
decorations won’t survive much
past New Year’s Day.
6. Let the glue set overnight.
The next day, remove the boot
trees and replace with crumpled
newspaper pressed into the boot’s
toe and foot. Then use a kitchen
knife to shape a rectangle of floral
foam so it’ll slip into the boot’s
shaft. The floral foam can be used
multiple times, ensuring that your
rebooted project will be a delight
for many, many holidays. HI
CINDY HALE is a local horse show
judge and equine artist in California.
Affix crystals and bling! Since the
specialty glue sets up quickly,
squeeze small portions onto a
paper plate, and use a toothpick
as an applicator.
A few inches of sand and plaster
added to the foot made this reboot
project sturdy enough to hold
a flower vase. Get directions at
Create a free form pattern
of flourishes using a
stylish rubber stamp
with gold or silver