No entryway or mudroom is complete without a place to store your wet or muddy boots and shoes. Here are a couple of easy and cute ideas on how to make your own.
Good Housekeeping: Cork-Lined Tray
Gather a well-worn baking or jelly-roll pan (or buy an inexpensive new one), a roll of cork (from an office-supply store), a pencil, and scissors. Measure the sheet's interior; cut cork to fit, and place in the pan (don't worry, the shoes' weight will flatten the cork); replace as needed.
Martha Stewart: Pebble-Filled Tray
Fill your tray with stones (found at garden centers). Ice and snow will melt and drain through the rocks to the bottom of the tray, so your boots won't stand in a puddle. Most of the moisture will evaporate, but you should clean out the tray regularly.
I'm loving the pebble-lined tray. I wonder if I can pull it off or if I'm just asking for trouble. I can L'il Buddy strewing pebbles throughout the house on a daily basis.