Shoe Planters – Recycled Footwear makes a Great Garden Planter

Some of the most interesting planters and those that recycle items used for other purposes.  These unique boot and shoe planters make great use of old shoes and boots. Some have seen their better day and some look like new but all showcase indoor plants in new and unusual ways.

Do you have some old shoes or boots laying around that are still presentable looking but have lost there wearable appeal for you?  Make them do double duty by turning them into creative planters.

These boot and shoe planters are a creative and unique way to add a whimsical touch to your garden. #shoeplanters #bootplanters

Shoe Planters Make Unique Garden Containers

These creative ideas to recycle footwear turn one man’s trash into a garden lover’s treasure.  Many of the planters use succulents, but annuals and perennials can also be used as long as the size is right.  The possibilities are endless and as close as your closet or tool shed.

Bicycle planter with tennis shoes as well!This is one of my all time favorites.  It is shared from Carlene of Organized Clutter.  Carlene has had the bicycle for three years and it came painted white. She added the basket planter and then made those ADORABLE white tennis shoe planters.  Sweet as can be. See the tutorial for this project at Organized Clutter.

Mother and Daughter Shoe PlantersMy Friend Jacki from Drought Smart Plants had a contest with her readers and one of them entered this lovely idea – a pair of Mother Daughter shoe planters with mom’s old shoes and daughter’s clogs. Such a great idea! 

Boot planter with pansies

I love the softness of the pansies against the rustic look of this old boot planter.  Victorian boot planterFeeling nostalgic for a trip to the past? This Victorian Boot planter with Lilies and Hydrangeas should take you there in no time at all.  Source:  Rook No. 17

Orange kids boot planter

This bright orange plastic kid’s shoe with a green pattern is the perfect match for the green crassula with orange tips. Even the tiny orange pebbles is a color match!

Boot planter with succulents

This great planter idea has a romantic feeling about it. The soft pink tones of the hens and chicks blends with the color of the old boot as though they were meant for each other.boot planter with dracaena The simplicity of this planter comes from the plain boot that is planted with green and yellow striped dracaena. It’s a nice combination that shows that you don’t need flowers for this idea to work..red boot planter

Great idea if you have a plain shoe design.  In this case the African Violet plant is almost inconsequential. It is the orange polka dotted shoe that makes this little garden scene.  The boot was painted first with glue to make it waterproof and then with paint for the color and design. Source:  Thrifty Fun

High heel planter

This ladies high heel shoe is filled to the brim with succulents. The roots of them are very shallow and that means you can plant a lot of them in a single planter.  See more creative succulent planters here.

Pair of boots with annualsWho says the shoe has to be small?  Shabby Chic is in with this pair of sturdy word boots.  In this case, a pair of boots are planted together with annuals for a look that really softens the look of the bootsCrock planterI love this idea!  A red rubber croc is hanging from a S hook and filled with trailing plants for a unique hanging planter..  Source Full Circle.

Acrylic heel planter with succulentFor the girly gardener!  How cute is this   A fashion conscious garden planter made of a clear, see through silicone stiletto shoe Planter. This one is actually intended as a planter and uses solar power –  Source Trend Hunter  Victorian Shoe planterAnother Victorian looking shoe planter. This one is planted with greenery for a great casual look that matches the shoe.  Source:  The Enchanted Cove on Tumblr.Tennis shoe planterWhat a neat way to use your child’s old high backed tennis shoe.  It even seems to fit the look of the cushion near the pool side.  The shoe is filled with an assortment of various succulents that look right at home!  Tennis Shoe Planter – Source Pinterest.

Wellington boot planters

These Wellington boots have a fabulous teal polka dot pattern and are planted with begonias for a cheery look.  I love the placement of them against the stone wall.

Mans dress shoe planter

This light blue man’s dress shoe is filled with the vinca annual and propped near a teal front door for a dramatic contrast of colors.  I wonder what hubby thought when he came home?

Great selection of unique shoe planters

Have you used shoes or boots as planters? Why not upload an image to your comment?  I’d love to see your creation.

Need some more inspiration for Shoe Planters?  

Here are a few more ways to turn shoes and boots into creative planters.

Wooden shoe Planter

Cowboy Boot Planter

Rain boot Planter

Gum Boot Herb Garden

Teal Tennis Shoe Planter

Child’s Shoe Planter


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  2 comments for “Shoe Planters – Recycled Footwear makes a Great Garden Planter

  1. Bonnie
    06/28/2014 at 8:59 am

    Love these!

    Wondering, in an attempt to preserve the shoes, can polyurethane or something similar, be applied to the them?

    • admin
      06/28/2014 at 9:48 am

      They could but if you put this on the inside of the shoe, it would not drain the water out so the plants might rot. Carol

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