|Not-big-enough paper shoe - Needs more room for chocolate|
- Scrap papers
- Cardboard from a cereal box (for making the original shoe, if you haven't already)
- Printed templates (see below)
- A pen or pencil
- A pair of scissors
- A glue stick (preferably the strong craft kind) or white glue with a toothpick or something to apply it.
- A handful of unused tissues
- A smidge of patience and frustration tolerance
1.Make the paper shoe from the template and tutorial here.
2. Print out this new template for the boot's upper, and transfer it to a paper of your choice.
5. Now glue the sort of pointy part of the other piece of upper onto the top of the shoe. (There are probably fancy technical names for these parts, like "flange" or "gasket" or "whippersnapper," but I don't know them.) BE PATIENT. It will be much easier to do the next, a-little-bit-fiddly step if you let the glue dry.
6. Pressing hard, run the glue stick along the edges where the boot part will attach to the rest of the shoe upper and turn the corner to run glue along the part that will stick to the piece you already attached to the heel of the shoe.
This is easier said than done. In truth, it is a bit fiddly. It might not be perfect. I have a little gappy place in mine. That's okay. This is a paper boot, people, not a pair of ridiculously expensive Frye boots like my daughter wants for Christmas. Just pretend you're one of the little elf guys in this story.
Do one side at a time, because otherwise the glue on the other side will dry out before you finish attaching the first side.
Here's a closeup of the attached bits.
There! Not bad for a paper boot, is it? And it totally beats those envelope ones in the important capacity category. You can have a rush of enthusiasm and decorate it if you want - glue some ribbon or rickrack around the top, attach some real or paper buttons or silk flowers or something. Be creative - I bet you can come up with some very
Just don't forget to put it out for St. Nick on the night of December 5th. Because it really looks best all filled up with chocolate and other lovely goodies.