How-To: Use crutches as stilts

How-To: Use crutches as stilts


From a life of recurring knee injuries, I’ve got a closet full of crutches. They’re useless as soon as I’m ambulatory, so I’ve been poking around for reuse projects. Flip those crutches upside down and you’ve got a snazzy pair of crutch stilts! And, as one commenter points out, if you injure yourself trying them out, you can then use the crutches to help you walk again (seriously, be careful). As for me, I’ll resume searching for a way to use my abundance of rubber-stroppered aluminum to make myself a coffee table.

6 thoughts on “How-To: Use crutches as stilts

  1. RedLeg says:

    Found this a while ago, and it seems pretty close to what you’re looking for….

    It’s quite popular with my harley ridin’ brethren, who also seem to all collect crutches…….


    1. Becky Stern says:

      Haha, thanks!

  2. Adam E says:

    I’ve never had to use a crutch, but are they easy to get rid of through freecycle or donation to a hospital? Other than the limited specific sizes and possible damage from heavy users that make donations difficult, I’m not sure if it’s ethical to give them away. Just wondering.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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