Mud-Busting Boot Scrape

A great scrap wood project

Build this handy boot scraper yourself in less than two hours. Now you can clean your muddy boots hands-free and help keep your entryway clean. Works great on snow clogged boots as well.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine


One day




$20 - $100

Build the boot scraper

Ordinary doormats simply can't handle serious muck, but you can clean out packed dirt from even the deepest boot treads with this boot scraper made from 2x4s.

  1. Screw the base pieces (A and B) together upside down so that the screw heads are hidden.
  2. Fasten the uprights (C) to the sides (D), then screw the side brushes on with 2-in. screws.
  3. Screw the bottom brushes to the base with 2-in. screws.
  4. Space the side pieces so that the bristles are roughly 4-1/2 in. apart.
  5. Add a piece of aluminum angle to the front edge so you can scrape boots before brushing them.

Use stiff-bristle brushes—either “bilevel” brushes or deck scrub brushes. You may need to cut off part of the handle so the brush will lie flat.

FIGURE A: Build the boot scraper

Boot scraper details

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Combination square
  • Hacksaw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Three 8-ft. 2x4s
  • Four stiff-bristle brushes (bilevel or regular deck scrub brush)
  • 2-1/2" deck screws
  • 2" deck screws
  • 10" of aluminum angle (any size)

Best to use treated wood or cedar for outdoor durability.

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