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DIY: Turn Cheap Chore Boots Into Cute Rainboots

Its spring! That means warmer weather, everything turning vibrant and green again, flowers blooming, and rain showers.  There is only one thing that makes rainy weather a GOOD thing for my two littles – puddles.  My kids {all kids?} love to jump in the rain puddles during and after a rain shower.  But, rain boots can be expensive, especially when you consider how quickly little children outgrow their shoes.  So, we opted to “cute up” some cheap chore boots we found at Walmart. Here’s the how to:

DIY Rainboots from WholesomeMommy.com

First, I grabbed these black chore boots in the shoe department at Walmart {they are actually cheaper online $12 versus the $15 I paid!}.  They had these boots in the right size for Judah and Eliana. {Want your own cute pair for gardening or puddle jumping?  Walmart also carries adult sizes :) }.

I grabbed the rest of the materials in the paint/home repair area of Walmart:

DIY  Superstar Rainboots

Step 1: Prepare the boots by taping off the soles. You don’t HAVE to do this step, but I think it made them look nicer and less like a homemade paint job. :) Tuck some paper towels or newspaper into the boots to keep the paint out of the inside.

Step 2: Spray the boots evenly with glitter paint. Allow it to dry {it dries quickly} and apply more coats until none of the black rubber shows through. {Note: It took one can of paint for each pair of kid sized boots.  If you’re doing a larger size you should grab two cans}.

Step 3: Allow the boots to sit over night before appying the clear glaze. Spray boots with clear glaze spray paint and allow it to dry. Apply a second coat.

Step 4: After the boots have dried completely – go find some puddles! :)

Glitter Boots from Cheap Walmart Chore Boots from WholesomeMommy.com

My kids LOVE there boots. Plus, besides being great puddle jumping boots, they make great boots for gardening with me and feeding and chickens with granddaddy.  I think we’ll be getting lots of work done this spring in these boots. ;)


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  1. That is such a cute idea!! My daughters love rain boots and this is perfect for them!

  2. So . . . . they cost like $30 each pair by the time you were done????? This was an expensive craft!!

    • Denisesawyer says:

      They end up costing a little more than $20 per pair – if you can get the $12 price on the boots. I also already had some painters tape and you might have some around the house as well. If not, the painters tape is optional and could save you a bit by not buying it.

  3. These are very cute!

  4. If you wanted these to be really thrifty you could easily pick up a pair at a thrift shop or yard sale if you are patient.

  5. Kristen Stevens says:


    This is such a neat idea, and we are in a real need for some boots that can get muddy, but look this great at the same time, thanks for the great idea!

  6. I’m looking to doll up my rain boots as well but I’m thinking…doesn’t the spray paint eventually chip off the boot since its rubber? Or is that what the glaze was for?

  7. Thanks for that Denise!
    I love your posts :)

    Have had tried MyDesign’s paintable boots kit? I would love to hear what do you think about it…If you recommended it.


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