Tennis Shoe Planters For Summer

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This was actually part of a summer wedding movie challenge but I wanted to incorporate something colorful and fun for my garden.

I chose The Runaway Bride as my wedding movie and created some planters from my old tennis shoes!
These were my old shoes. They don't look too bad in the photo but they were bad. I had purchased new tennies about a year before so these were just sitting around waiting for something to happen. I decided to put them to good use in the garden inspired by The Runaway Bride.
After removing the laces I put them in the spray tent and went for it.
I wanted a fun color so I went went teal.
I used the (affiliate link) Krylon Chalky spray paint then when the paint was dry the Krylon Chalky spay wax coat got sprayed over the top. This made them a little more water proof for being outdoors all summer.
The white laces were added back in and then I gathered my flowers, succulents, potting soil, gloves and some plastic grocery bags.

The plastic grocery bags got shoved into the toes so I wouldn't have to use so much potting soil. Then I added the succulents and the flowers. It was sort of a tight fit but they looked cute.
I placed them in the little mini wagon so they wouldn't get lost just sitting on the ground. They were easy to water and the mesh on the shoes made for great drainage.
What do you think? I like that I up-cycled some old shoes and so far...they have held up well with the water.

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  • Mebellucci Mebellucci on May 11, 2018

    I was wondering if when watered the soul discolored the shoes

  • Jann Loyd Jann Loyd on May 18, 2018

    Quick question: do the plants grow root bound in such a small space? I have tons of old tennis shoes I would love to recycle this way.

  • Sarah Sarah on May 18, 2021


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  • Jill Krol Jill Krol on Jul 16, 2020

    I've done this before but without spray painting them. Boots, shoes, whatever is on hand works well. I put rocks in the toes to give them a bit more weight before adding the soil and plants.

  • Guernsey Girl Guernsey Girl on May 17, 2022

    Brilliant idea. A friend used old Wellington boots, drilled holes in the bottom of the boots then filled with soil and plants.