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Making Shoe and Boot Planters

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


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By 10 found this helpful
July 30, 2012

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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December 18, 2009

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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By 19 found this helpful
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. We had the children come one class at a time. Any shoes that had holes, rips, or were very old we put soil in and about 6-8 seeds.


The kids lined them up against one of the school's walls. The classes are taking turns watering their shoes and now one month later little sprouts are popping up. The children are so happy and so are we.

The shoes that were in really good condition and were in pairs, we donated to a store where they sent them to Haiti. So two great things with one project. Go Hillcrest!

By LisaLou from Los Angeles, CA

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By 7 found this helpful
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.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes




  1. Place potting soil inside of shoe.

  2. Press your finger into the dirt where you want your plants to go.

  3. Place your plants into the dirt.

  4. Water and place in sunny location.

By Grace G. from Port Orchard, WA

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By 35 found this helpful
April 28, 2011

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 Southeastgeorgiapeach

Boot Memory Keepsake

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July 7, 2011

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 Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, Ca.

Boot Planter

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