Condo Blues: How to Make Old Doc Martin Boots into a Hip Flower Pot




Thursday, September 11, 2008

How to Make Old Doc Martin Boots into a Hip Flower Pot

Husband and I spent at weekend at the Dublin Irish Festival. We saw the sights, we ate some pretty good haggis (yes, it’s a Scottish food, but we Celts in America sometimes have to have Scottish stuff at our Irish events because we don’t have access to 100% Irish entertainment or food vendors all the time like they do in say, Ireland), listened to great bands such as The Tartan Terrors (friends of ours from our Renaissance Festival days), Gaelic Storm (you might recognize them as the steerage band in that tiny film about a boat that sank), and spent quite a bit of time at the Celtic rock stage listening to The Prodigals, and yes, Bad Haggis.

After that I got the itch to make something creative and yes, a little bit rock and roll. Even, dare I say, a little punk rock? I decided to dig out my very first pair of Doctor Martian boots and make a flower planter out of them.

First I made a self watering planter from a plastic water bottle Husband got after running a road race and a bit of leftover t-shirt material.

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The original laces from my boots were long gone. I think I cannibalized them as laces for one of my many Elizabethan bodices. No worries! I used a pair of pink shoe laces that I got from a past Race For The Cure to lace the bottle planter snugly into each boot.

I planted some free wildflower seeds that I got from an Earth Day event into each boot. I watered and waited and watered and waited.

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My apologies for the photo quality. I had to use my PDA.


Ta da! My boots are now a punk rock planter.

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20 comments :

Green Me said...

LOL!!!

I have to say that look would be hard to pull off in most homes, but would be really cute out side the door to a funky gift shop, art gallery, cafe or shoe store!

Condo Blues said...

Thanks Green Me. It's just one part of my whole Scare The Neighbors iniative. :) Do you think it's working?

Actually I've seen this look using work boots in country homes. Since I'm far from being a Country Girl, I figured Punk girls plant flowers in their old Docs.

Rebecca said...

What a great way to memorialize your old Docs. You should post an ad on Craigslist offering your "Doc Marten Planter" services. Seriously!

Thanks for joining us for Thrifty Green Thursday!

Carole said...

Those are awesome - I love it! The pink laces are perfect! :-D

Megan said...

How cool is that! I wish I knew where my first pair of doc martins were!

Cathy said...

Very cute! We've got some my husband's old work boots lying around--I may have to try that. :)

Penny said...

Hee hee! That's cute - I like the pink touch ;)
I have some old wooden clogs I got in Holland that I've always wanted to turn into a planter.

Annie said...

Ha! That is really cool!

Goddess said...

Awesome! So creative and clever!

PurrPrints said...

That's brilliant--if I didn't have such a black thumb I'd have to try that out :)

Oh, and thanks for the pendant compliments--if you'd ever like a dog version just let me know--i just don't post my dog drawings to avoid confusion :)

Kathleen said...

They're so cool! I wish I had my old Docs, but they conked out on me years ago. I wouldn't care how they looked outside. The quirkier the better at my house.

Joy said...

Brilliant idea! I've seen boot birdhouses and boot planters, but it's never occurred to me to make them myself--until now! Thanks for making recycling look so very hip--and for joining us on this Thrifty Green Thursday.

autismfamily said...

That is really neat idea, good job on that.

Condo Blues said...

Penny, you can totally do this with your wooden clogs. I tricked out a pair of old Doc Martin Gibsons using the same method!

ALMOST MRS AVERAGE said...

LOL Lisa - those are fab. I love 'em. I've done something similar with my kids welly boots and it's fun to see them dotted around in the garden. Thanks so much for sharing it on this month's Carnival of Trash, which has been published today. Best wishes Karen ;-D

RecycleCindy said...

I just followed your link from over at the Carnival of Trash about those Doc Martin boots. I love the boots and the pink laces are so cool looking. What a wonderful way to recycle those old Docs!

Suesan said...

My sister has some work boots that she's made into a planter. It's a great look. I really like your Doc's version.

http://froufrugal.blogspot.com

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Thanks sharing your punk friendly planter, saw your answer above, with us at A Crafty Soiree! I know many a friend who could make their very own, including me! Mine aren't quite as well loved, but getting there! I hope to see you next week too!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

LOVE this idea!!! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I love to see the creative talent of other fellow bloggers. Hope you will stop by again soon :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Too funny! They just wouldn't have had the same impact without the pink shoelaces though. ;)

Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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