12 DIY Entryway Boot Tray Ideas

If you're sick of cleaning up mud, slush and snow from your entryway, it may be time for a boot tray. Boot trays don't have to be fancy to do the job. Here are 12 DIY entryway boot tray ideas, some of which you can make in just minutes!

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Cooler weather is coming up, so now is the time to make sure that you’ve got a spot for your family’s boots to dry and stay handy. We’ve rounded up 12 DIY ideas for you so that no matter your style, your boots will have a place for the season.
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Wood Boot Tray

If you have some scrap wood around the house, you can make a wood tray and add some river rocks to help the dirt and slush drain to the bottom. This type of boot tray can be customized to fit the space in your entryway or mudroom.

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Rolling Tray

Do you have a closet in your entryway? Instead of having all those boots end up in a pile on the floor, try a boot mat tray equipped with a cabinet handle and wheels. Pull out the tray, line up the boots and push it back into the closet, out of sight.

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Drawer Tray

Try using an old dresser drawer as a boot tray. Sand if needed, add a coat of paint or stain and attach casters. Inexpensive and attractive!

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Framed Plastic Tray

Head to a discount store or garage sale and pick up a plastic tray. Add some medium-size stones for drainage and you have an instant boot mat. To keep the stones in place and give the tray a handsome finished look, build a simple frame around the tray.

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Cork Tray

You were saving those wine corks for a reason, right? Try adding wine corks, for drainage, to a plastic tray. Adding wine corks to an old boot tray will give it a new look.

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Tray with a Message

Looking for an easy woodworking project? This wooden boot tray is functional, looks great and comes with an inspiring message.

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Plexiglass Tray

Here’s another boot tray that uses rocks to help drain the water from wet and muddy footwear. This DIYer used a scrap piece of clear plastic, and heated it in an oven to mold the small lip on the edges of the boot mat tray. The lip keeps the rocks from falling off.

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Baking Sheet Tray

Try using an old metal baking sheet as a boot mat tray. Depending on the size of your entryway, you can use multiple trays lined up in a row—maybe one for each member of the family.

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Plastic Bin Tray

This boot tray comes together quickly with a plastic container with lid, a drill, utility knife, ruler and marker. When the bin gets dirty, just rinse it out.

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Shell Boot Tray

Instead of using rocks to help boots drain, use seashells! This DIYer used a $1 mat and lined it with shells and sand dollars from her collection, along with a few rocks to fill in the space for a ocean-inspired boot mat.

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Dowel Boot Rack

This simple boot rack accommodates taller boots in the back and shorter boots in the front. This rack helps bring some organization to your mudroom or porch and can be customized for any number of boot wearers.

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Wood Stake Tray

Here, wood stakes are held together with rope for a sturdy great-looking boot tray. These instructions show you how to make one.

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