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Things to do with dead wellington (rubber) boots

 
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There are a few threads on best boots for fit and durability, and how to repair leaky boots, but what do you do when they die as boots?

Ideas include:
Cut down to make clogs
Use as a planter (deep if a bit unstable!)

There must be more ways of making good use of the rest of that material?
I wonder if it would make good soles for indoor slippers?
 
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At a lake house that we rent in the summertime, an anchor for a small boat was made by casting an eyebolt into concrete which filled an old rubber boot.
This same idea could be used as a doorstop, and for that purpose could probably be filled with stones instead of concrete.

I'm assuming that by "dead" you mean they (or one of the pair) has holes or cracks that mean they don't work to keep you clean/dry anymore...
They could be sealed up with molten wax on the the inside and used as flower vases (or just use the one of the pair that isn't leaky).
Cut holes and make a bird feeder out of it.

Cut the upper of the boot into narrow bands that you could slip over rolled-up things to hold them.
Cut the upper in a narrow spiral to create a longer rubbery strap for some use...(belt, strap, edge protector...)
Cut out discs or washers, use for whatever you need those for... or cut the upper and get as big of a square or circle possible...for something... patch a hole, make a cat flap?
Cut off the upper and use it as a flexible funnel.

Trim away the bottoms, and create gaiters. Cut them a different way, to make spats to protect your other boots.
 
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Clogs or garden sandals work well, depending on where they failed.

Years ago, I used the cut-off tops as frisbees for young dogs. They flew not too badly, and the dogs would grab them and do the "gopher shake."

It's good heavy material. I wonder if gaskets, o-rings, and vibration dampers might be a re-use.

You can also mess with your neighbours. In the country, some wise guy would push broomsticks into a round bale and put the boots on, as if somebody had been rolled up in the bale. In the city, that might work with a dumpster.

Edit: electric fence insulators?
 
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The slipper soles and gaskets, o rings and vibration dampers I make out of dead tire innertube. Good sized flat sections, easy to work with.
 
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 Bikini top?
Codpiece?
If you have many of them ...
Skintight catsuit?
Batwings?
Devil mask?

Hmm, I think I'm nostalgic for convention going...
 
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I could see tying one in place to use as a car trash can; strapping it to the tractor, for tossing things in, that you might need; cutting the tops to make machete sheathes, or even (well cleaned) sheathes for storing knives, pocket knives, scissors - or even sharp garden tools; sliced down one side, the top could become a non-skid/grounding mat,  mat for control pedals on sewing machines and shop tools, or a non-slip mat to set power or even hand tools on.
Once the top is gone, the shoe could be cut back like a clog, and if it won't serve that way, anymore, it could be hung by a work bench, to keep pencils, scissors, and such off the bench, but still handy...
 
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You are all so creative!

Douglas wrote

  push broomsticks into a round bale and put the boots on, as if somebody had been rolled up in the bale. In the city, that might work with a dumpster.  


You have a wicked mind!
Our dogs do "shake and kill" too. Douglas accidently killed two bunnies and a hare like that 😕.  The hare fed us for a fortnight 😉

William wrote

    Hmm, I think I'm nostalgic for convention going...


I think it'll be a while yet.  Do you want any dead wellies for your next costume?

Pearl: yes I find inner tubes good for plant ties as well.  Nice and soft but strong.  Our ozone and UV laden environment here rots rubber very quickly.  I need a solid tubed wheelbarrow wheel....


Carla, tool sheathes as a suggestion has definately inspired me!  I need a sheathe to hold my wet stone while scything.  If I can find a waterproof foot, that would be just the thing! Thanks!

Thanks everyone!
 
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Carla Burke wrote:I could see tying one in place to use as a car trash can; strapping it to the tractor, for tossing things in, that you might need; cutting the tops to make machete sheathes, or even (well cleaned) sheathes for storing knives, pocket knives, scissors - or even sharp garden tools; sliced down one side, the top could become a non-skid/grounding mat,  mat for control pedals on sewing machines and shop tools, or a non-slip mat to set power or even hand tools on.
Once the top is gone, the shoe could be cut back like a clog, and if it won't serve that way, anymore, it could be hung by a work bench, to keep pencils, scissors, and such off the bench, but still handy...



I'm loving these ideas!!! All the riffs on "holsters" are awesome! I especially like the tractor mounting idea and may just try this. The rubbery aspect is great since it's weatherproof in rain, snow, cold... and also grippy, not like a holster made of say PVC pipe, both slippery and brittle in the cold, one bump and your tools slide up and out or bump it too hard and it breaks off. It's also flexible enough to flatten and slip a snow hovel handle through, one would need a 6 inch PVC pipe to do the same! Mounted sideways, the weight of a tool hanging in it might twist the holster and grip itself...hmmm... where do have some old boots?!?! I bet I know...

As a material for crafting, the uses are endless... worth cutting the uppers off and "saving for later" if no space or ideas now to use the whole/rest of the boots. (says the guy who has inherited a box from Mom, of "dungaree legs" (pieces from below the knees that still seem new even once the rest is worn out, some that I'm sure were mine as an adolescent...)
 
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Robert, the dog thing is brilliant -- and hilarious!
 
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Those dogs just look so happy don't they!

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