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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Several months ago I met up with darling Emily of Eleven Gables to browse Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx together.  She was wearing these super fun boots, and as the winter has progressed I've wished for a pair of my own.  But really, I already have more boots than I can wear, so I couldn't justify seriously considering them. (Although I will admit I have my eye out this year for the perfect cognac colored boots on clearance this year!)

Then, a few weeks ago, I found these in my closet that I had totally forgotten about (that might tell you a little about my closet...).

I got them a year or two ago at my favorite end of season Dillard's clearance for next to nothing.  They're a cute little suede pair from Vince Camuto (found them online here) and I've probably only worn them once or twice.  And then a light bulb went off.

Could I possibly fake a pair of fringe boots?

Well, as it turns out, yes, yes I can!

Hobby Lobby carries this suede fringe sold by the yard, and the color just happened to match perfectly.  So, for around $7 I had a sassy new pair of boots!

At first I planned to wrap the fringe all the way around the boot, but as I considered my options I decided not to cover up the vertical boot strap section.  I started right on the edge of that and used a small dot of hot glue to attach the fringe, and then continued around with another dot of glue about every inch or so until I got to the other side.  Then, I repeated that 6 times per shoe, giving me 3 layers of fringe.

I didn't measure my spacing, just eyeballed everything.  They're pretty forgiving.  With all of that fringe flying when you walk, a mistake would be impossible to spot anyway!

I realize that this project is a little specific to these boots, but as the time draws near for end of the season clearance sales, keep an eye out for a pair of boots that you could add some whimsy to.  They're so fun to wear!

Have a great Tuesday!  Today I'm photographing my daughter Emily's room and the plan is to share that with you on Thursday.  I'm VERY happy with how it turned out!

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  1. What fun!! So adorable Jennifer!! Love that you were able to transform your old boots - what a great idea :)

  2. Oh I love this idea and they are so cute. What a fun project and you look totally amazing.

  3. This is brilliant!! I will not be so quick to give up on the shoes that have been sitting in my closet for ages! I'm hoping I can update a pair as cute as these!!

  4. They look as though you bought them that way. I never would have guessed that was an 'after market' addition. :) Great job!

  5. Pam @ Simple DetailsJanuary 20, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Super cute, brilliant friend!! I've been on the hunt for cognac boots too, I've already bought two and returned them - ugh! I might have to try a version of your's or Emily's!

  6. Wow! So clever and they look like you bought them that way! Cute with or without fringe :)

  7. Very nice. I'll have to rethink about getting rid of a few of my boots now.

  8. Beth @ designPOST interiorsJanuary 20, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Is there anywhere you can't make fringe look good?! How lucky that it matched so perfectly and you look adorable!

  9. Lisa @ Shine Your LightJanuary 20, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    They turned out so cute!!!! I can't believe the Hobby Lobby fringe matched exactly - it was a match made in heaven!!

  10. You are just genius Jennifer... and super cute on those boots too btw!

  11. So cute, Jennifer! I love that you are always thinking outside of the box!! It was so much fun spending (never enough) time with you last week! I think we need a girl's trip! xox, Emily

  12. Kudos to you! Home run on the boots. And you look just adorable.

  13. Love these! My daughter has a similar pair that I just love, wish they were my size! :)


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