Just Like That, I am Back

 If I said I was back, would you believe me? Blogging is complicated, and there are so many "get rich quick" blogging schemes that make it look like you are a lost cause if you are not currently earning money blogging. And why are you even blogging if you don't have multiple streams of income and entertainment. If you don't have a brand? I do have this website, but I do not have Instagram, Twitter, TikTok (you don't want to see me dance), or whatever is next.  Heck, I haven't even updated this since before the pandemic. So why am I here, writing about being back and then, probably ghosting for another two years? Life has been rough. It's been painful and overwhelming. I am so thankful for you my readers, or what is left of you. I am so thankful you are reading this post. I am so thankful that you are still committed to making the world a more exciting and more sustainable place.  Keep up-cycling my friends, and you never know, I might be back again with an

Sneaker Planter Tutorial

Thank you so much for checking out this tutorial. I love to upcycle pretty much everything I can get my hands on. Upcycling your old shoes into a flower planter is a great way to keep things out of the landfill and beautify world.

This craft was done an awesome event called Knee High Naturalists put on by the Cleveland Metroparks.  It was so much fun for C1 & C2 and this idea to reuse shoes blew me away.

So here is what you will need to do. 

Pick an old shoe from your giveaway pile. the Cleveland Metroparks staff had every shoe imaginable, but I opted for a canvas goodie. I did this because Chuck Taylors just rock and a canvas shoe will allow the plant's roots to breath (leather will start to smell after a while and does not drain well.)


1. Pick out your shoe (remember stay away from leather and vinyl shoes).  No need to run (unless you just can't wait to start your planter).

2. Have a friend help you decorate your shoe with puffy paint, stickers, and ribbon.  When selecting ribbon you will want to make sure that you do not lace the shoe all the way up.  You will need to get all of the dirt in there somehow.

3. Pick your flowers. this is an easy choice for C1 who pretty much only likes purple.  The blooms are delicious though.

4. Spoon in some nice rich potting soil. Make sure to get it into the toes. Those roots need somewhere to grow.

Nothing beats playing in the dirt (let dad join in the fun too).

5. Now put the flower in the top of your shoe and don't forget to pack the dirt in  around the roots. Feel free to let dad feel like he is helping (even if you don't need him).

6. Show off your work of art. I love it, don't you? My model/ artist in training did a bang up job.

Enjoy the beauty of your work. You totally rock and so does your sneaker planter.

Just think of the possibilities. You will no longer cry when you have to throw away your favorite pair of shoes. Chuck Taylors with holes can have a second life. 

Our sneaker planter has been happy and healthy for the past few weeks. I have even remembered to water it (it's so pretty how can you forget?) I can not wait to make a few more to line the front steps.

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Natasha said…
omgosh, this is adorable! Thank you so much for your tutu support!!!
anne maskell said…
Thanks so much for the idea, I love it! Perfect for little shoes that have been out grown, but you can't bare to part with. It looks like everyone had so much fun doing this. I'm glad they had a great day. I'm visiting you from the pj party, hope you visit me too. (I don't mind if you are in your pj's!)
Super clever with the shoes! I never would have thought of that.

I came over for your linky, but I guess you're not doing it this week. I thought you might be intersted though, since you're into T-shirt refashioning. I made my first T-shirt dress and included the pattern.

Annabelle said…
Super great idea! You know what I like bast about these pictures? The OSU shirt! GO BUCKS!

I'm Annabelle and I'm from Columbus too. AND, am your newest follower.

Great blog. I'll be back!
Helena said…
Great idea! I love seeing creative upscaling projects. And your model is adorable :)

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session at Life in the Pitts.
Teresa aka Tess said…
Wow, what a fabulous idea! My daughter would love a chuck taylors planter. After she gets ovetr the shock of thinking I ruined her favorite pair of sneakers. LOL!! Great tutorial. Love your little gals dress.
DogsMom said…
A great family activity. The style of shoe can depend upon your theme or outdoor decor. You can fix up a formal shoe for a table centerpiece.
I did have some old leather workboots planted on a bench near the barn (fit the mood) but you are right about leather not holding up. A few months of daily sun and a lot of rain was more than they could take. The plants did thrive!
Robin Ange said…
It would be so fun to make a centerpiece with a boot! I never thought of that. Great idea.
Karen T said…
Great idea! My youngest would probably faint at the sight of it since he wears his Chuck Taylors until they're falling apart and even then, he duct tapes them back together.
Hanna said…
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so cute
OMG! I love this idea. LOVE IT! I just took a bag load, a BIG bag load of shoes to the giveaway store. Dang it!
Wish I would have seen this about 2 weeks ago. Oh well, have grandkids so no worries, there will be other shoes!
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