How to Make Kids' Boots Into Planters


If you have children, you already know that each year they require a new pair of boots and you probably have several old pairs kicking around that no longer fit. Do not send them off to the landfill--convert them to adorable planters. Placed on the steps or sitting on the patio, these delightful planters add a touch of whimsy to your yard that is both functional and decorative. Size and color does not matter, as there are plenty of flowers to choose from to complement any boot design.

Step 1

Wipe down the outside of the boots with soap and water and dry with a soft cloth. Stuff the toe of the boot with crumbled newspaper to hold the shape.

Step 2

Loosen shoestrings and allow them to dangle to create the illusion your child just stepped out of his boots. You can also tie them up neatly for a more finished appearance. Loose strings provide more room inside the boot for plants.

Step 3

Spray the outside of the boots with clear acrylic. Allow it to dry, then repeat with several coats to create a solid finish to the boot. Some prefer a coat of brightly colored paint in brilliant blue, yellow or purple to make a dramatic statement. Choose the method that fits your design plan.

Step 4

Plant flowers in a plant pot and push the pot into the opening of the boot. Plant pots come in a variety of sizes. A 2-inch pot will fit in toddler's boots, while a 4-inch pot is more suitable for larger boots.

Step 5

Place the pair of potted boots together on steps or by the front door to welcome guests to your home. Or, place them near the garden to create the illusion flowers have sprung from abandoned boots left by a forgetful child.

Things You'll Need

  • Old boots
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic spray
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Potted plants


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About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.