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MAKE IT YOURSELF: A weekly column with Flowers 'n' Things of Spalding


By Spalding Today Columnist


Turn yourEveryone seems to have a pair of shoes laying around that they no longer wear. Perhaps your kids have outgrown their wellies, or you’ve got some trainers that you’ve only worn once because they gave you blisters? This month we’re going to show you how to make the most of those shoes, by turning them into fun planters!

Step 1 (9475583)
Step 1 (9475583)

For our planter, we’ve grabbed a pair of old boots as well as some soil, scissors and few bits of bark for decoration. We’ve also chosen a few different succulents ready to pop in when we’ve prepped the shoe.

Firstly, we need to create some drainage holes. If your shoe has soft soles, then you should be able to poke some holes through with a screwdriver - otherwise it might be time to break out the drill! These drainage holes will help your plants thrive, and reduce the chance of issues like root rot.

Step 2 (9475585)
Step 2 (9475585)

Next, fill the boot with soil. Make sure you get it right into the toes ready for the next step - which is to cut a square out of the boot to create an extra planting space. Now you’re ready to plant those succulents up... be sure to add a little more soil around the plant and tuck it in firmly. Once your plants are in, you can add any extra décor, like the bark we’ve popped in.

And there you have it, you’re very own repurposed succulent planter. Why not have a think about some other fun ways you can repurpose household items into planters? Maybe you’ve got an old bike helmet you could turn into a hanging basket, or some old jars you can paint up and use as vases.

The finished display (9475592)
The finished display (9475592)


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