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?
This is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project that only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps based on my experience:
- Place one of the shoes on the foam
- Use a pen to trace around the shoe
- Cut out the shoe pattern on the foam with a pair of scissors
- Insert the pattern into the shoe and make adjustments by trimming the insole
- Flip the final pattern over and place it on the foam sheet
- Trace and cut the second pattern for the other shoe
- Insert the second pattern into the other shoe and make adjustments
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.