Earth Day DIY Tip – recycle old foam into new insoles

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slipper insoles from recycled foam

Earth Day is just around the corner so I thought I would share a DIY project I did recently. A few months ago I created some insoles from an old sheet of foam. I’m not positive about this, but I think the hospital gave us the foam when our last child was born three years ago. I saved the foam instead of throwing it in the garbage because I figure I could use if for something someday. Well now I have. I created a pair of insoles for my boots and another pair for my slippers. Why spend $10 to $20 on new insoles when you can make new ones by recycling old foam?

making shoe insoles from foam

This is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project that only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps based on my experience:

  1. Place one of the shoes on the foam
  2. Use a pen to trace around the shoe
  3. Cut out the shoe pattern on the foam with a pair of scissors
  4. Insert the pattern into the shoe and make adjustments by trimming the insole
  5. Flip the final pattern over and place it on the foam sheet
  6. Trace and cut the second pattern for the other shoe
  7. Insert the second pattern into the other shoe and make adjustments

shoe insoles pattern from recycled foam

That’s it. It’s that easy. In my case, I was able to use the pattern for my boots on my slippers too with only a minor adjustment or two. One other note: the insoles work great for my slippers. However, the thick insoles made my boots a bit tight. Luckily, after about a week, the foam compressed and now the insoles fit great on my boots too.

recycling foam to make insoles

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