I just cannot bring myself to buy boot trees. I need them, but my Irish blood won’t let me pay $20 for something that will never leave my closet. But I was tired of my boots toppling over so I made enough boot trees for all of my boots and it didn’t take me longer than 30 minutes to make them all.
I used a box cutter to cut a cardboard box into squares that I could fold into thirds and stand up inside each boot. I didn’t measure anything – just eyeballed it.
There’s already a fold in this piece so I just needed to make two more folds to create a triangular shaped tube. I used a ruler held against the cardboard at the point I wanted to make the fold and then wrapped the cardboard up around the ruler.
Wrap some shipping tape, masking tape or duct tape around each triangle so that it holds it’s shape inside the boot.
Because I don’t like to see the cardboard sticking out of my boots I cut each set of boot trees to just below the top of each boot.
I use the empty cardboard tubes of wrapping paper for this. If you fold them in half, they will hold up the boots nicely and even stretch them a little so that they get aired out.