Make Potted Gumboots

  • Make Potted Gumboots

Turn an old pair of gumboots into fun containers for growing herbs or plants on the kitchen doorstep, a small balcony or in the garden. 

Give them two coats of red spray paint, or any other bright colour, choosing a pair with a matt rather than shiny finish for the best results.

For a Christmas feel, plant up the boots with strawberries and write notes to Santa using clip-on labels. The kids will love them.

TIP You can also paint the boots using paintbrush and an oil-based gloss enamel instead of spray paint. 

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Put your old gumboots to good use in the garden as festive red planters


Step 1. Make drainage holes

Drill four holes in the base of each gumboot to create drainage for the plants, positioning the holes on either side in the centre of the sole and drilling from the outside. The size of the holes will depend on the size of the boots. For this large pair a 4.5mm drill bit was used.

Step 2. Spray the boots

Clean the boots, then apply two coats of Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer For All Surfaces. Put a drop sheet on the ground outside or in a well-ventilated area. Hold the can 300mm from the surface and spray each boot all over, then leave to dry. Apply a second coat, if necessary.

Step 3. Pot up the plants

Add scoops of blue metal gravel to each gumboot to fill just the foot section, taking care not to damage the paint. Fill half of the leg of each boot with a quality potting mix, then add the herbs or plants of your choice, filling in with mix around the roots. Water in well.

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