Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Make Boots For Your Costume

costume boots

A rebel x-wing pilot just doesn’t look right in tennis shoes. If your Halloween costume could benefit from a pair of jack boots, but you just don’t feel like forking over the $300, don’t despair. You can make a pair of decent-looking costume boot tops in pretty short order.

costume boots

Make A Pattern

While wearing the shoes that you will be using as the basis for your “boots”, wrap your leg in several layers of newspaper and tape. Use plenty of tape. Once you have this paper boot roughly the shape and size that you like, split it down the inside of the leg with a pair of scissors, and flatten it out. Use this pattern to cut out the material for your boot. I cut mine from a scrap of black vinyl that I got from an upholstery shop.

costume boots

Sew it up

Fold the top edge back and sew a small hem to make the boot stiffer and give it a finished look. Then simply sew the tube shut and turn it inside out.

costume boots
costume boots

For an extra stiffening and to maintain a smooth look, you can glue a sheet of stiff paper or light card stock to the inside of each calf. After slipping these tubes onto your legs, just put on the matching shoes and there you have them, boots!

7 Responses to “Make Boots For Your Costume”

  1. Elaine Says:

    Thanks for the useful information.
    I have used the same method to make pirate fancy dress boots.
    I just added a wide top and some trimming.
    Thanks again
    (merseyside , U.K)

  2. 511 boots Says:

    Thank you very much for the great information

  3. Andrew Says:

    Fun. Saw lots like this at Dragon Con this year in Atlanta. :)

  4. Neil Says:

    Or you could buy a second hand real pair of Boots and save a lot of time.

  5. The Other Sarah Says:

    Another thing you can do is buy rubber boots at e.g. wal-mart. There are shiny kids’ ones that cost about $12. You can cut the top off just below the ankle flare and you’ll have the same boot effect with lots less effort (plus color choices).

    State Line Tack has “paddock boots” of rubber, which are shiny, black and look like jackboots, for about $40.

  6. nicki Says:

    thank you so much for the great idea. you’re the only one i can find on the internet with anything close to a pattern for diy pirate boots. i’m starting my set tomorrow

  7. puja agarwal Says:

    i got idea for making cosdtume with newspaper . for newspaperboy (fancy dress competition). thnx