|How to make wellie-planters|
|I regularly recycle children’s clothes into memory keepsakes, but I’ve been having a think about what I could make from a couple of pairs of wellies that my children have grown out of. The wellies now seem so small, that I’ve started to feel quite sentimental about them. You can tell that they were well used: after they’d been used for puddle-sploshing and my sons had kicked gravel, sticks, & anything-else-at-ground-level in them, the wellies looked quite downtrodden and one of them had a couple of splits.
So I gave them a good wash, removed the insoles, and put in several drainage holes in the sole of each wellie (I’m pretty sure I didn’t use the safest method of piercing the wellies, I guess you could use a skewer, or a drill?).
Then I added a layer of small stones, and bits of broken pots, into each boot to act as drainage. Next I put added some potting compost into each boot, filling it until it was about 2/3rds full. And then repeated with the other wellies. Then the plants: I chose a mixture of trailing plants and upright ones. I’d thought about planting some scented flowers in the boots, so I could joke that the wellies smelt nicer as planters than they ever did in their first life, but I couldn’t find anything suitable.
I then filled up the gaps around the plants with more soil and pressed the plants down. And after a good water, this was the result…
Ta dah! I’m really pleased with how they turned out. These wellie planters are now displayed proudly outside and make me smile every time I walk past!