Upcycled Wellie Planters!

Here's a simple and quick upcycling project you can try during lockdown - a great way to recycle some old and outgrown tattered wellies!

Lockdown is the perfect time to have a bash at a bit of upcycling. Taking some time out to focus on small, simple and quick DIY project’s is great for your mental health and well-being, (I’m talking from experience :)). You can’t beat that feeling of self-achievement, especially right now, it’s so satisfying!

This is a great time to clear out your hallway cupboard (you know that one where every time you open the door loads of stuff falls out) and think about how you can re-use and re-purpose unwanted items instead of chucking them in the tip bag.

Earlier this week I cleared out our “cupboard of doom” and found some old tattered and outgrown wellies and I had a “light-bulb moment” – I know, I’ll upcycle these into brand new colour-popping flower planters!!!

How to Upcycle your Wellies!

Would you like to have a go? Here’s how to do it!

Materials you will need

  1. Polyvine decorators varnish (extra strong)
  2. An old towel/kitchen roll
  3. Paint brushes
  4. Rust-Oleum all surface primer
  5. Exterior wood and metal/all surface paint, eggshell paint or spray paint
  6. Compost
  7. Soil scoop
  8. Flower bedding trays
  9. An electric drill

Step 1

Wipe down boots, get rid of any old mud/dirt and use a towel or some kitchen roll to dry them. Remove all inner fabric linings and soles.

Step 2

Create small drainage holes at the bottom of each wellie by drilling some holes into the sole using an electric drill.

Step 3

Spray your boots with Rust-Oleum surface primer (give them two coats). This will give your top coat something for it to adhere to. 

Once dry, Paint your boots with an exterior wood and metal/all surface paint, eggshell paint or use spray paint (two coats) and leave to dry.

Step 4

Seal your boots with Polyvine decorators heavy duty varnish (I’d recommend two coats) and leave to dry. 

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Step 5

Pop some garden stones inside then using a soil scoop fill your boots with compost and plant your favourite flowers inside! 

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If you decide to make these please send me a photo, I would love to see them! I am going to pop my planters at our front door and add even more vibrant pops to the exterior, I’m a firm believer that the outside of your home should be as colourful as the inside 🙂

Hope you enjoy it!

Rachel x x


Rachel Henderson is a published Author, Interior Artist, and Stylist, whose brand was born out of a love for creating playful and colourful home decor products. She runs a design studio based in Fife, Scotland, where she hosts workshops, designs upcycled furniture and homewares, and creates DIY-based video content for a range of clients. 



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