The ultimate reuse: how to make a planter from a sneaker

It may be tempting to toss odoriferous sneakers into the garbage, but spare the landfill and reuse one, or both, as a planter for small succulents. Any sneaker made from synthetic materials may be tossed into a lingerie bag or pillowcase that is knotted at the top and washed with cold water on the delicate cycle. The sneakers do not have to be high tops, but the higher the ankle, the more soil the sneaker holds, which is beneficial to the plants.
Treat the shoe planter as you would a plastic or ceramic planter. Water the plant as needed, but place the shoe on a surface impervious to water, as moisture may leak out of any holes or tears. If the water oozes from the sides, you've over-watered the plants.
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Materials
- Canvas high-top sneaker
- River rocks
- Measuring cup
- Potting soil
- Small trowel
- Small succulents
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Instructions
1. Fold over the high top, if necessary. Pour 1 cup of rocks into the shoe, keeping most of them in the heel.
2. Add potting soil on top of the rocks until it reaches 1/2 inch below the top of the ankle.
3. Transplant one or two succulents into the soil in the shoe. Place the shoe in a location that gets plenty of sunlight.
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