DIY: Upcycle Your Old Shoes Into Beautiful Planters!

Do you have an old pair of boots or shoes? Don’t throw them out, upcycle them into beautiful planters!  Here are a few DIY ideas!

Simple Flower Planters
Estimated Time: 10-15 Minutes
Supplies You Will Need:
Drill, Rocks, Newspaper, Gardening Gloves, Tape Measurer,
Pair of Old Boots or Shoes, Flowers of Your Choice.

First, measure the opening of your footwear. You will want to buy plants that come in a pot this size. Ours measured 6 inches across, so we will want to look for plants that come in a 6in plastic pot/container.

Second, very carefully drill a couple of drainage holes in the bottom of your boots. If your boot contains a steel shank or a steel toe, drill your holes along the bottom side of the boot, staying 3-4 inches away from the toe area.

Next, fill the entire foot area of the boot with rocks. This will make the boot more stable and less likely to tip over on windy days. You will then want to stuff the leg of the boot with newspaper until you are 4-5 inches from the top of the boot.

Lastly, place your premeasured plants right in the top of the boot so the pot is fully hidden in the boot.

 

Herb Garden
Estimated Time: 15-25 Minutes
Supplies You Will Need:
Drill, Rocks, Dirt, Gardening Gloves, Box Cutter,
Pair of Old Boots or Shoes, Herbs of Your Choice.

First, very carefully drill a couple of drainage holes in the bottom of your boots. If your boot contains a steel shank or a steel toe, drill your holes along the bottom side of the boot, staying 3-4 inches away from the toe area.

You will then take your box cutter knife and cut out small 3-4 in holes (in the foot area) or 3-4 in long slices in the leg area to place your herbs.

Next, fill the entire foot area of the boot with dirt and plant just your toe area plants.

You can then place some rocks in the ankle area of the boot to give the boot more weight and stability. After you weigh your boot down, you can put plants in the calf portion of your boot.

Lastly, fill the remaining space in the boot with loose dirt and plant your final top plant.

You can also follow these steps using other plants such as strawberry plants or succulents!

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