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It’s been snowing pretty much every other day here in NYC (or that’s what it feels like!), so I have been thinking a great deal about footwear. I’d been getting by with some cheap wellies and thick socks until one of the wellies sprung a leak. Now I’ve got proper snow boots (thank you, Sorel), but even though my old wellies aren’t made for walking anymore, they’re pretty perfect for fun projects. Take a look at these ideas for old shoes and achieve great crafting feats with things that used to go on your feet. (Oof, sorry. I think cabin fever makes me punnier than usual.)

Revive old shoes with these craft ideas on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Now here’s a wonderful way to give some new life to your old galoshes…literally! Grow a strawberry plant in boots with this tutorial on HGTVGardens. Sigh. This is definitely making me long for spring.


Revive old shoes with these craft ideas on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

If you don’t want to commit to using an old wellie as a planter, use it as a “vase” instead. This winter-appropriate grouping from Brian Patrick Flynn really steps it up.

Revive baby shoes with these craft ideas on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

If the old shoes you happen to have handy aren’t yours but baby’s, you can still get your craft on. Turn baby shoes into a more modern keepsake than the bronzed shoes of yore with this shadowbox tutorial from Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love.

Revive old shoes with these craft ideas on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Doesn’t everyone have a pair of simple Keds-type kicks that could use a makeover? I love this Halloween-inspired idea from Ellen Foord, but you could use the same basic supplies and technique to make sneaks for any holiday. St. Patty’s shamrock sneaks, anyone?

Revive old shoes with these craft ideas on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

Take your old shoes from dingy to dazzling with Kayla Kitts’s tutorial. A little glitter, lace and creativity can transform plain flats into something more festive for your feet.

Which old shoe craft is a shoo-in for your favorite? And do you have any clever uses for old shoes? Tell us in the comments below!

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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