Make a Boot Scraper

How to make a boot scraper

Keep your boots free of mud and muck with the help of this DIY boot scraper.

Do it:

All year round

Takes just:

two hours

The boot scraper is a handy tool to keep by the back door as the weather gets worse and gardens get muddier. It only takes a couple of hours to make and costs next to nothing.

Of course, if you're dealing with muddy paths, you could improve them by laying a path or stepping stones. Find out how to do it in these video guides to making a brick path and making a decking path.

Discover how to make this handy boot scraper, below.

You will need

  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Large log
  • Thick slate tile
  • Wood glue

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Stand the log for the boot scraper upright and saw off a third, cutting vertically down to make a flat surface.

Stand the larger piece of wood on its flat side and saw two parallel lines about 10cm deep along its length. They should be a few millimetres apart, slightly wider than the width of the slate.

Use a chisel and a hammer to remove the wood between the lines, creating a channel for the slate to sit in.

Slot the slate into the channel so it protrudes about 10cm – cut it to size if necessary.

Remove the tile and squirt a line of wood glue along the channel then push the tile back in. If the tile wobbles, insert some small pieces of wood into the gap to hold it firm.

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Try to choose a log that has attractive bark. Your boot scraper will mellow as it ages and attract moss. We used a birch log with appealing white bark.

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