Making Shoe and Boot Planters

Old shoes make interesting planters for your yard and garden. This is a page about making shoe planters.


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I couldn't bear to toss my favorite gardening sneaks. So I used them for planters instead. I nailed them to a fence post and planted some orphaned pole beans in them. Even if I get no beans from the plants, it will be an interesting look.

Source: My own frugalicity :)

By ~gloria from upstate NY

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I painted the boot with PVA glue to waterproof it then painted the surface with acrylic paint and added a potted plant

By Isobel from Scotland

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April 19, 2010

Our PTA president had us ask the school for a week to bring in old shoes for our green theme. Lots of the children brought shoes and the PTA bought soil and seeds.

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October 14, 2011

Reuse an old leather shoe as a planter for hen and chicks or other small succulents. This is a great gift idea.

Shoe Planter with Hen and Chicks planted inside

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This is something that I did nearly 10 years ago. My father passed away in 2001. After the funeral, I went to his closet and picked one of his work boots, or his "brogans" as he called them. My father was in timber all my life until retiring.


I took the boot to a local florist and asked for a "woodsy" looking arrangement in the boot and to NOT change anything about the boot. I wanted it with all the scuffs intact.

I think the arrangement turned out great. I cross-stitched the picture above the arrangement as a gift to him for Christmas 1994. There is actually a photo of Daddy inside the framed picture of him holding the gift.

The boot is on top of his antique Franklin rolltop desk that I inherited. Everytime I pass the desk, I look at the boot and picture and think of him.

Take a look at your parents' things BEFORE you discard them! Once gone, you can't get them back. I am so thankful that I chose to do this memorial to my father.

By Lee

Boot Memory Keepsake

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This is the other worn out boot from our great granddaughter. The birdfeeder mate was sent in earlier. I love it that she is already recycling her things. She is 7 years old. It will go out in "The Path Garden" when I'm sure the plants will live.


By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, Ca.

Boot Planter

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December 4, 2017

This is a page about rubber boot planter. Do you have a pair of rubber boots that your child has outgrown? Turning them into a planter is a fun project that your child can help with and it lets you repurpose them.

Rubber Boot Planter - planted ladybug boots

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December 18, 2009

Garden: Boot Planter
Garden: Boot Planter

I love to find new things to plant in, this pair of boots had seen better days,so into the garden they went,I also used my girls rubber boots,they are so cute.


Boots make great planters!

By sherry from Onset, MA


Garden: Boot Planter

Very cute. My husband is a lobsterman. I am going to try to steal some of his boots and plant them. (06/11/2009)

By Janet

Garden: Boot Planter

What a neat idea! Very clever, very cute, (06/11/2009)

By Candy Killion

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June 10, 2009

I want to make a planter out of work boots. Do they have to be lace up ones?

Linda from NW Iowa


Boot Planter

I wouldn't think so, actually you would probably lose less soil if they weren't. (04/27/2007)

By Mary Lou

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