How to Make Gumboot Planters

September 1, 2021

Cute, quirky and totally practical... Gumboot planters are a great way to brighten up your garden and at the same time, recycle! Here's how to make them.

You will need:

  • Old gumboots - various sizes/designs
  • Potting mix
  • Selection of plants or seeds
  • Optional - hammer/nails if hanging boots from a fence

How to make:

  1. Create 3-4 drainage holes in the bottom of each gumboot then fill with soil to about 1.5cm from the top of the boot (if you plan on hanging the gumboots from a fence you’ll first need to hammer 2 nails into the top of each boot then hammer them onto the fence in your desired pattern).
  2. Transplant individual plants into each gumboot, or if using seeds, sow your seeds at the suggested depth listed on the back of the pack.
  3. Arrange gumboots into your desired layout (we chose a straight line along a fence that gets plenty of sun).
  4. Water your plants then continue to water every few days, unless they get enough from the rain.

Don't just stop at gumboots, you can use loads of recycled items to make interesting plantes in the garden such as old shoes, teapots and toys such as tipper trucks.


Mr Fothergill's has a range of seeds and kits specifically for children view the Little Gardeners range here. And for more child friendly gardening activities be sure to check out our children's gardening blog.


Gum Boot Planter step by step