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Retired Rainboot Planter

Another garden project! This was originally a guest post over on White Lights on Wednesday but I thought I’d share it over here too.

See that tiny plant in the pot? That horseradish is now 1.5 feet tall! What a difference a month makes

 I’d like to share an upcycled garden project. It’s so simple! You can probably do it with stuff you already have, if not you can get every thing you need for pretty cheap.

I started out with a ‘retired’ pair of muck boots (they get retired when you step on a screw and need a tetanus shot and antibiotics). I also used a drill, gravel, potting soil and a dwarf coreopsis.

Start by drilling a few (more) holes in the bottom of the boots. I needed to use a large bit to get drainage holes, the soft rubber closed up over small holes.

Fill the bottom of the boots with gravel, the plants make the boots top heavy and the wind can easily catch the plant and knock them over. This is especially true if you use high boots. I filled the entire ‘foot’ part of the boot. Make sure to shake the gravel into the toes.

I received this plant as a gift for my birthday. I think the bright yellow flowers will look really cheery with the blue boots. Before you buy a single plant like this to divide make sure it has multiple stems. This was large clump and I just pulled it apart with my fingers. Take care to separate the leaves, they might be tangled together.

Gently stuff the plant in, you might need to add potting soil to the bottom of the boots to lift the roots. If you have extra room around the plant fill in with more soil.
Finish the other boot.

I tied a scrap of white fabric around each boot to brighten it up.

The Coreopsis  is a perenial so when the seasons over I’ll cut them back and plant them in a flower bed, saving the boots for more flowers next year.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking the rain will keep these watered! I did and ended up with some pretty droopy plants even after near-constant thunderstorms.
All the above pictures are from early May, this is what they look like now:
The flowers practically glow!


  1. Very cool!
    Sorry it was such a painful way to have to retire those boots, though! OUCH!

  2. What a project! It makes me want to have a green thumb. hehe

  3. That is such a cute idea! Love the boot! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  4. Oh man! I wish I had seen this before I sold my daughter’s old rain boots. She would have loved to take care of her own flowers in her boots lol.

  5. What a neat idea, we are starting to teach the boys about gardening, what a fun craft.

  6. Awesome project & great smile. Those are some pretty pictures!
    CJR @ TMB

  7. My dad died 5 years ago. When we arrived at the funeral home we noticed a very unique flower arrangement. His best friend had a boot from my dad’s army days- In the last 60’s when he was drafted for the Vietnam War-it was all beat up but has my dad’s name on it. John had the florist plant flowers in it. John was worried about how we would “take” seeing it but it really was such an awesome and heartwarming gesture.

  8. Fabulous idea! Your planter boots turned out so cute! I have a pair of leaky muck boots that I was going to get rid of, but now will plant flowers instead. Thanks for the inspiration. So happy to be now following! 🙂

  9. These are so cute! Great way to repurpose them! Looks like yore having a great time in the photos too.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  10. I was wondering what to do with my son’s old frog boots and other collection of rain boots

    • How cute would a whole line of too-small boots be?!

    • I am trying to figure out where to put them so it doesn’t look cheesey…my son wears the boots so much he cracks them…we have 3 pairs of frog boots, and then the ones he got from his older brother, one red and one yellow…what color flowers would you put in them? we actually have 3 more pairs, they just aren’t messed up yet 😉

  11. I couldn’t resist featuring you on Facebook tonight!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina