Repurpose an old sneaker to make a DIY cement planter.
I saw a cement planter that someone made using a rain boot and I thought it would be really cute to make a planter out of a Converse high top sneaker.
I love experimenting with unique shapes of existing items to make planters out of. Why not a cement sneaker planter?
My biggest challenge was actually just trying to find cheap high top converse sneaks.
I was hoping to find an old pair at a Goodwill store, but I skipped the trip and took the easy way out and ended up getting a pair on eBay for 12 bucks.
You may want to check out another cheap cement planter tutorial, the multi-compartment Handmade Succulent Planter.
Cement Sneaker Planter Video Tutorial
This is a good project for making a quick and unique planter and if this interests you, then you might also like my cement balloon planter.
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DIY Difficulty Level | Easy
Materials For Making A Cement Sneaker Planter
- Old sneaker of your choice
- Durable nitrile gloves
- Disposable plastic mixing bowl
- Plastic grocery bag (for disposing of the leftover cement)
- Disposable plastic cup
- Plastic wrap (if you wish to try to keep the markers from drying out)
- Old, cheap paintbrush
- Paint or craft sticks, or use gloves (for mixing)
- Rags and/or paper towels
- 4 plastic tube shaped objects that are rigid, like old markers. You can also use plastic cake dowels (trimmed)
- Power drill
- Approximately 1/4″ drill bit and 1/2″ drill bit
- Needle nose pliers
Cement Sneaker Planter Tutorial Steps
Step 1 | Prep The Sneaker
**Not all plants do well in concrete and cement planters. While they are loved by most succulents, other plants may not share that love. There are easy fixes for this. Please see Are Concrete Planters Safe For Plants? to learn more.
Remove the sole insert from the sneaker.
Step 2 | Make Drainage Holes
Create drainage holes using a drill. Start with a smaller drill bit, like 1/4″, and then switch it out to a half inch.
I had one hole that was in a spot much thicker than the rest where I had to make several passes.
Be sure to not drill through the actual fabric of the sneaker.
Take the tubular object – in my case, markers and push them through the holes so that only the cap is left inside.
If you are struggling with getting the marker into the hole, then try sizing up with a drill bit, or use an X-acto blade to widen it.
Make sure the open end of the cap is on the underside so that cement doesn’t get inside it and that it’s not sticking out of the bottom too far because you’ll need to put the sneaker down flat while working on it.
You also need it long enough that you can grab it with the pliers when you remove them.
If you want to salvage the markers, you can wrap plastic wrap around the tips while the caps are in the sneaker.
Step 3 | Mix The Cement
Mix the cement with water, in the disposable mixing bowl. You want the consistency to be like a milkshake.
Step 4 | Coat The Sneaker With Cement
Pour it into the sneaker to coat the inside. Be sure to get all the fabric coated so water doesn’t seep through and create mold.
After the inside is coated, use your gloved hands to scoop the cement onto the outside of the sneaker.
Keep going around the sneaker until it’s fully coated. Be sure to get the laces, under the laces and the tongue.
Step 5 | Clean Up The Sneaker
Next, wipe the cement off of any spots with rubber. Start with a dry paper towel, then use a wet one.
I wanted the Converse logo to be visible, so I also wiped that off.
Step 6 | Cure The Cement
Let it cure.
This can take 1 to 3 hours, depending on temperature and humidity of your working environment.
I actually put mine in the sun to speed up curing time.
Step 7 | Remove Drainage Caps
Once it is cured, remove the marker caps with the pliers.
Step 8 | Re-Coat The Sneaker If/Where Needed
If you have some spots that need to be filled in or smoothed out.
Mix up some more cement, then using the paintbrush, dip it in cement to fill in and smooth out the surface, if needed.
Final Step | Plant The Cement Sneaker Planter
Once that layer has cured, you are free to place plants in your new sneaker planter.
If you love making cement planters then you can read more here on How To Make Concrete Planters & Everything You Need to Know. Also, take a look at the 21 Unique DIY Concrete Planter Tutorials.