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!

Boss is proud to help when disaster strikes.

Boss Gloves was there to help during the recovery efforts after a tornado ripped through Elk City, Oklahoma.   The tornado caused severe damage in the area and at least one death. It was estimated that twenty to thirty Elk City area homes and businesses suffered damage.


Rene Soto, Owner of Aztec Safety Solutions & Supplies, worked with the American Red Cross to assess the damage and serve hot meals to the victims.  They also discussed appropriate personal protection equipment for the clean-up such as the Boss gloves 1JM500 and 1JM600 as well as high visibility safety vests.

“I want to thank Rene for his partnership & allowing Boss to be a part of this tornado disaster clean up. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those whose lives & families were effected.”  Robin Danielson, Territory Sales Manager

 

Celebrating Safety Week with JE Dunn Construction and Aztec Safety Solutions & Supplies

Boss Gloves participated in the Safety Week for JE Dunn Construction together with Aztec Safety Solutions & Supplies. The day started with an early morning breakfast at the project site located on the beautiful campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. After breakfast employees of JE Dunn and Aztec Safety were able to try on various types of Boss personal protective equipment ranging from different glove styles to high visibility safety vests. While trying on the Boss gear, participants shared their needs and feedback with the Boss team. Those in attendance were also offered the chance to win some great prizes!

“Throughout the week we accomplished many things including; have fun in creating excitement about safety, review important training topics & procedures that will safely mitigate daily hazards in our industry, reinforce and empower staff with Stop Work Authority, and engage individuals to create a personal commitment toward their safety and the safety of those around them,” Stated Jason Bishop, Senior Project Manager at JE Dunn Construction.
“We’re off to a great start on the project and feel confident that this week has helped reinforce the commitment to see everyone go home safely each day,” Bishop continued. “With this said, we did want to relay our appreciation and humbly request that everyone stay engaged in their continued communication going forward on site. If we can all put safety first in our communication to our staff on the front lines, we can create the positive behavioral based safety we’re trying to achieve.”

“Building partnerships while educating and providing the right personal protective equipment is our main goal here at Boss Manufacturing. My sincerest thank you again to Rene Soto from Aztec Safety Solutions and Supplies, LLC as well as the entire team at JE Dunn Construction for inviting Boss and me to participate in your Safety Week!” ~Robin Danielson, Territory Sales Manager

Northwest Pipe Fittings & Boss Gloves Contribute to Auto Extraction Rescues

Bob Barbour instilled the core vales of Northwest Pipe Fittings early on by providing customers with excellent service, a wide variety of products, and a knowledgeable staff. Northwest Pipe Fittings’ product offering includes pipes, valves, fittings, plumbing fixtures, well pumps and supplies, hydronic heating equipment, and more recently, turf irrigation products.

Additionally, Barbour believed that the company should be involved in the communities they served. Northwest Pipe employs 44 people and has been a supporter of the local community in various ways over the. years, with involvement in various things at Ellsworth AFB, Mt. Rushmore, Economic Development, Western Dakota Tech, and the Chamber of Commerce. Other local involvements include supporting the United Way, Storybook Island, Children’s Home Society, and various other non-profit organizations in the area.

brianLore

Brian Lore, Northwest Pipe’s Purchasing Manager, also serves as Fire Chief for Minatare/Melbeta Fire & Rescue. Lore was introduced to the Boss 1JM750 last year as an amazing new glove for heavy construction and pipe fitting. Recently, Lore noticed that his fire & rescue team needed better hand protection against sharp metal and glass. Due to the 1JM750’s abrasion and cut resistant palm, he thought his team could benefit from its use during auto extraction emergencies. On top of these features, the 1JM750 also offers impact protection, and its high-vis yellow color makes it a great choice for emergency situations. The Minatare/Melbeta Fire and Rescue Team are now using them regularly. Lore says “They perform very well in all conditions – wet and dry. We are very happy and impressed with their performance.”IMG_0082

See what else Northwest Pipe Fittings and Supply has to offer by visiting their websites: www.nwpscottsbluff.com and www.northwestpipe.com

You can find the 1JM750 here.

Oregon Couple Finds Unique Use for Boss Gloves

Six years ago, Perla and Bill Pearce packed up their life in Tucson, Arizona, and moved north to Bend, Oregon. Even though they were leaving the southwest behind, they weren’t ready to leave the flavor of it. So, they went ahead and brought with them their gourmet salsa company.

With its close proximity to the border, Arizona isn’t short on Mexican-style cuisine or salsa—but moving to Bend came with some new challenges and opportunities. For starters, an untapped market and a new client base that may not understand that salsa isn’t just for tacos and burritos.

“Salsa is a condiment that goes with just about everything,” explains Perla. “From our morning eggs to sandwiches, wraps, salads, on burgers and steaks.”

Currently, Bill and Perla have nine flavors ranging from the mild Fire Roasted Mango for the fruit enthusiast, to the Hot Holy Moly for those “local pepper heads.” One of the challenges for Perla and Bill was finding a glove to use during the manufacturing process. That’s where the Boss® DYNEE white™ came in.

Gloves 3-01-17 - 6

“These gloves are the best we could find and we will continue to use them as long as we are in business. Not only are they comfortable, but they’re also cut resistant to protect our hands while slicing tomatoes and peppers, and their heat resistance and grip helps when placing lids on the hot glass jars (about 190˚) during processing.”

If you’re interested in purchasing salsa from Southwest Salsa Company, you can buy it on their website: www.southwestsalsaco.com

The Boss® DYNEE white™ can be found here on our website.