Cement Sneaker Planter

plants inside DIY cement sneakers

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, but I skipped the trip and took the easy way out and ended up getting a pair on eBay for 12 bucks.

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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     Difficulty level- Easy

Materials

  • Old sneaker of your choice
  • Cement All, Rapid Set
  • 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)

Tools

  • Power drill
  • Approximately 1/4” drill bit and 1/2″ drill bit
  • Needle nose pliers

materials for cement sneaker planter

Cement Sneaker Planter Tutorial Steps

Step 1 | Prep The Sneaker:

remove sole from sneaker
Remove the sole insert from the sneaker.

Step 2 | Make Drainage Holes:

drill a hole in bottom of sneaker

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.

insert tubes into 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 cement for sneaker planter

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:

coat the sneaker in cement

sneaker coated in 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:

sneaker with cement converse logo

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

remove tubes from sneaker planter

Once it is cured, remove the marker caps with the pliers.

Step 8 | Re-Coat The Sneaker If/Where Needed

redcoat sneaker with cement

If you have some spots that need to be filled in or smoothed out. Mix up some more cement, then using the paint brush, 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.

plant inside cement sneaker

plant inside cement sneaker

plant inside cement sneaker

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