Ok....this wasn't actually an original idea of ours. We plan on sharing original-thought-up-by-Jill-and/or-Eric ideas in the SMRT IDEA series. But since this idea was originally, Jill's dad's, we have decided to run with it. We also thought it was a fitting idea to share since January was our month to go skiing. You can read more about that here if you so choose.
Now on to the good stuff.
Not sure about any of you, but carrying ski boots is a pain in the rear end. Correction: Carrying ski boots and skis and poles and extra gear and lunch... is a pain. So a long while ago Jill's dad created these cool ski boot carriers for everyone in the family.
They are really rather simple to make. Here's a quick step by step tutorial:
1- Get your supplies.
- A piece of wood (ours is about 4.5 inches long by .5 inch by .5 inch), you can make the length longer or shorter depending on the size of your hand. You should be able to easily purchase a square, dowel rod. We aren't sure what type of wood was used, but it should be a strong type of wood)
- Some sandpaper
- Some rope (ours is about 20 inches, but a little longer wouldn't hurt)
- A drill
2- Drill a hole, off-center, all the way through the wood. The hole should be off-center so it is more comfortable to carry.
3- Sand the block so the edges are smooth and not ripping your hands to shreds
4- Fold the rope in half and thread both ends through the hole in the wood. Tie the two ends together in a knot.
5- Voila. You have a finished product. If you want to decorate your carrier you could totally paint it or even decorate with sharpies.
6- To carry your ski boots, thread the rope through the open clasp on each boot, close them and pull up on your wooden handle and get ready to hit the slopes!
Hope you have enjoyed the first edition of SMRT IDEA!