My Upcycled Boot Top Baskets

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I refashioned a pair of cowboy boots awhile ago and held on to the chopped tops as I knew I'd find a use for them eventually!

I finally had a DIY diva brainstorm and came up with a quick and quirky project for those chopped boot tops:

Here’s how to create your own upcycled boot top baskets - these are fab for plants, storage and as funky gifts too!

Grab a couple of chopped boot tops, some coordinating scrap fabric, a cardboard circle that fits into the boot top bottom and a glue gun or simple all-purpose glue if you don’t mind waiting for it dry.

I created my perfectly-fitting cardboard circles by painstakingly trying every small bowl in my kitchen in the bottom of the boot tops until I found one that was a snug fit, then used it as a template to trace and cut out my cardboard.

Cover the cardboard circles with the fabric.

Pop the fancy boot top basket bases in place and secure with glue.

Add a bit of vintage lace embellishment or ribbon trim to cover up any messy bits and find a use for your cool new baskets!

Suggested materials:
  • Chopped boot tops
  • Cardboard
  • Scrap fabric
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  • Aprile Aprile on Jan 20, 2022

    What about when you water the plants; doesn't the cardboard fall apart?

  • Phil Phil on Jan 21, 2022

    What did you do with the test of the boot? Still wear them?

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  • Shuganne Shuganne on Feb 14, 2022

    My mother did a variation of this, when my brother's work boots finally died. She filled them with dirt and potting soil. Then she cut half-ciircle flaps, planted succulents (hen-n-chicks) in the flaps with more dirt. They were fine to water the plants, as the leather was work-boot sturdy and waterproofed, and as they were non-functional as footwear and given a second life as flower pots. I wish I'd taken a photo of them; they were unique.

    I'm so glad you saved the boot tops! It is wonderful to repurpose the beautiful hand tooled leather and make it such a focal point in your decor.

  • Lillyrose Lillyrose on Feb 18, 2022

    Great idea for something that was to be thrown in the trash. Can you please tell me the name of the plant with the long leaves with the stripe down the middle. I have got one just like it, had it for a couple years, slow grower. It is getting tall, but is not sturdy enough to stand alone. I have a bamboo stick holding it up. I know nothing about it, best way to water, does it need direct sun or shade/ Please help me. I cannot find this in any of the plant books or online. thanks a bunch.

    • Unfortunately I have no idea what that plant is. I created this tutorial a few years ago when I still lived in Germany & no longer have those plants with me. From what I can remember though I didn't water too often, kept it out of direct sunlight & it did quite well. 😊