Cement Sneaker Planter

4 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy

I saw a cement planter that someone made using a rain boot and I thought it would be really cute to make a planter out of a Converse high top sneaker. I love experimenting with unique shapes of existing items to make planters out of. Why not a cement sneaker planter?


My biggest challenge was actually just trying to find cheap high top converse sneaks. I was hoping to find an old pair at a Goodwill, but I skipped the trip and took the easy way out and ended up getting a pair on eBay for 12 bucks.

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This is a great project for making a quick and unique planter!


STEP 1:


Create drainage holes using a drill. Start with a smaller drill bit and then switch it out to a larger one.

I had one hole that was in a spot much thicker than the rest where I had to make several passes.


STEP 2:


Take the markers and push them through the holes so that only the cap is left inside.


Make sure the open end of the cap is on the underside so that cement doesn’t get inside it and that it’s not sticking out of the bottom too far. You want the sneaker to stand flat, so if the marker is sticking out it will impede your ability to coat it with cement.


STEP 3:


Mix the cement with water. You want the consistency to be like a milkshake.


STEP 4:


Pour it into the sneaker to coat the inside. Be sure to get all the fabric coated so water doesn’t seep through and create mold. After the inside is coated, use your hands to scoop the cement onto the outside of the sneaker.


Keep going around the sneaker until it’s fully coated. Be sure to get the laces, under the laces and the tongue.

STEP 5:


Next wipe the cement off of any spots with rubber. Start with a dry paper towel, then use a wet one. I wanted the Converse logo to be visible, so I also wiped that off.


STEP 6:


Let it cure. This can take 1 to 3 hours, depending on temperature and humidity of your working environment. I actually put mine in the sun to speed up curing time.

STEP 7


Once it is cured, remove the drainage caps/marker caps with the pliers.

STEP 8:


Use a brush to redcoat with a thin skim coat of the cement.


FINAL STEP:


Once that layer has cured, you are free to place plants in your new sneaker planter.


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  • Chrissy mcneill
    on Oct 13, 2019

    So cute...but why don't you just take the insoles out? Then just drill the holes and stick a twig through to keep the holes open? Then I think the mold problem would be much less of an issue because you took out all the fabric insole and padding. Just a thought. And really cute idea!!!

  • Annette
    on Oct 14, 2019

    These are too cute.

  • Deb
    on Oct 16, 2019

    You are a very creative thinker.what a darling idea

    • Gail
      on Jul 11, 2020

      Great thing to do with grandchildren's or other "sentimental" sneakers


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  • Stephany
    on May 27, 2020

    What a totally cool idea! This would be a great present or decor piece for a boy's room.

  • Rosanne
    on May 28, 2020

    I made cowboy boots like this in the past. they turned out really cute! You can use any kind of old boot or shoe for this idea.



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