How to Make a Rubber Boot Planter

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July 24, 2017

Rubber Boot Planter - planted ladybug bootsMy son is now on his 4th set of ladybug boots. They are his favorites and a good friend of ours always comments that she wants to steal them from him. So when he outgrew his last pair we decided to make planters out of them and give her one. She absolutely loved it!



  • rubber boots
  • drill
  • small gravel
  • potting soil
  • garden trowel
  • flowers


  1. Drill drainage holes in the bottom of each boot.
  2. Rubber Boot Planter - drill drainage holes in the bottoms of the boots
  3. Put some gravel in each boot.
  4. Rubber Boot Planter - add gravel
    Rubber Boot Planter - boot with a layer of gravel
  5. Then add potting soil, leaving room for the flowers.
  6. Rubber Boot Planter - begin adding potting soil
    Rubber Boot Planter - leave room for flowers
    Rubber Boot Planter - boots, marigolds, and potting soil
  7. Put the flowers into the boots and gently pack the soil. Add more potting soil, if necessary.
  8. Rubber Boot Planter - add plant and more soil if needed, tamp down
    Rubber Boot Planter - little boy admiring his planted boots
  9. Here is my son with his new and old boots!
  10. Rubber Boot Planter - child wearing new boots and standing next to planted boots
    Rubber Boot Planter - new boots and planted boots

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January 26, 2018

Have a pair of rubber boots that are just too cute to toss? You can upcycle them into an adorable planter. Learn how to make it in this short video.

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