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Fabulous DIY High Heel Planter Tutorial! Total Shoe Love!

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I think I’ve just died and gone to heaven…shoe heaven, that is. If you’re anything like me–or if you’re female–then shoes are like candy for your feet…and for your eyes…and for your heart…and… Anyway, I am so in love with these high heel planters. I’ve even had a few friends tell me I should make and sell them… and then they followed up by asking me to make them some. But now, I am thinking that I might actually more high heel planters and open up a little Etsy shop. If you’d like me to let you know when my Etsy shop is opened (probably in a few weeks), then either sign up for email alerts (in the right margin) or send me an email ([email protected]) and I’ll make sure to give you an update.

[May 29, 2014 Update: I’ve just opened my Etsy shop at etsy.com/shop/SophisticatedBroad. I’ve named the shop Sophisticated Broad. Planters are limited at this time (I’m only starting with four), but I’ll be adding more in the near future. The new planters are a bit different: sleeker and elegant. I’ll be posting about them & that tutorial tomorrow and I will be GIVING ONE AWAY! In the meantime, check them out at the Etsy shop.]

Now, on to the tutorial! My inspiration for these high heel shoe planters is three-fold. First, I recently shared these concrete hand planters that I made and that got me to thinking: What else can I use as a planter that you don’t see everyday?

 

diy concrete hand planter

Concrete Hand Planter

Second, I’ve seen tons of boot and shoe planters on Pinterest, but I haven’t come across any fabulous heels. My third inspiration comes from these amazing high heel cupcakes that I featured a while back by Sweet Art by Elizabeth. They really are fabulous, aren’t they?!

diy high heel cupcakes

source: Sweet Art By Elizabeth

 

Put all three of these inspirations together and the obvious solution is a pair of high heel planters. So I headed over to a local thrift store and found these scary looking things…

 

high heel planter

Before

 

I didn’t care for the white vinyl, but that’s all the store had with a platform heel and since they were only a few bucks I thought I’d pick them up and see if I could paint the vinyl. I had a vision. So I also picked up these supplies for decorating…

 

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Supplies

 

The material is a vinyl covered cloth. The paints are Testor brand in red, hot pink, and black. I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the hot pink or the red, so I got both. Then I also got an assortment of ribbons. The first thing I did to the shoes was to cut off the uppers…

 

high heel planter

Removing the upper

 

This is what the inside of a shoe looks like…

 

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Decomposed

 

I thought the platform would be hollow. Nope. The platform was made of some pretty heavy duty plastic. There was no way a utility knife was going to cut it…. get it, cut it? Okay, lame. I gave one shoe a quick coat of pink just to see if I liked it. Yup. Decided to go with the pink. Then I got out one of my trusty Dremels to hollow out the platform. — Don’t you think Dremel should sponsor me with all the promoting I do for them?? — Either way, I do love my Dremels.

 

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Hollowing out the platform

 

Here’s the hollowed out platform…

 

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Hollowed

 

I traced and cut the vinyl cloth and glued it to the top and bottoms of the soles.

 

high heel planter

Zebra

 

Then I drilled a few holes in the bottom for drainage…

 

high heel planter

Drilling

 

I used painters tape to hold the zebra striped vinyl in place while it dried because I have no patience waiting for anything to dry and I wanted to start drilling right away. Next, I added a few more coats of paint (I did have to wait for that to dry) and then glued ribbon around the edges. I also added a bow to the back of each shoe and then planted a cactus in one shoe and a succulent in the other. Here are the final products…

 

high heel planter

Ta da!

 

Umm…total LOVE!

 

high heel planter

Cactus heels

 

I like how the cactus looks like a little pompom on the shoe. And I love the little flower that’s blooming on the cactus…

 

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Cactus

 

Here’s the succulent planter…

 

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Succulent heel

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Succulent heel

 

And the pretty bows…

 

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Pretty bows

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High Heel Planters

 

There you have it. Like I said…total LOVE! Again, if you’re interested in finding out when my high heel planters will be available, either shoot me an email at [email protected] or sign up for email alerts by subscribing in the right margin.

[MAY 31, 2014 UPDATE: I just posted a second tutorial for these newly completed high heel planters

high heel planters succulents

Fabulous High Heel Planters

 

And I’ve opened a little Etsy shop where you can purchase! So check it out!
Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers, Jenise

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36 Comments on Fabulous DIY High Heel Planter Tutorial! Total Shoe Love!

    • Jenise
      May 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Audra! I’m totally loving them!!

      Reply
  1. Kristina & Millie
    May 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Super cute!! Love this planter lol! Hope you will stop by our Snickerdoodle Sunday sometime!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 18, 2014 at 11:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Kristina & Millie! We’re all linked up!

      Reply
      • Kristina & Millie
        May 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm (3 years ago)

        Love this and glad you linked up! I shared a few places too :)

        Reply
  2. Tonia
    May 19, 2014 at 9:07 am (3 years ago)

    Those are absolutely adorable! I’m not a great gardener but I like little easy to keep plants. I am going to have to take a trip to the second hand store now – these would look so cute on my nightstand! Love this idea!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Tonia! Cacti & succulents are really easy to maintain so you definitely don’t need a green thumb for these.

      Reply
  3. Pauline Molinari
    May 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm (3 years ago)

    So cute and so crafty! What an amazing idea! Thanks for being a part of the Monday Funday Link Party!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 19, 2014 at 11:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  4. Linda B
    May 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Those shoe planters are HOT. You go girl! But, I suggest you put them on your own website. Found you through the Create with Joy Linky.

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Linda! You mean instead of Etsy? I was thinking that also. :-)

      Reply
  5. Marilyn
    May 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, this is such a fun planter! I love how you upcycled your shoe like this..very clever!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Marilyn. They were totally fun to make!

      Reply
    • Jenise
      May 21, 2014 at 11:17 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Marty!

      Reply
  6. Karren Haller
    May 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Well now, arent those the cutest things I have ever see!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 22, 2014 at 9:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Karren!!!

      Reply
  7. Kim
    May 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m saw this go by on Facebook and I have to say, you are one crafty girl! Cute!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Kim. That’s a huge compliment!

      Reply
  8. Wendy @ www.mamasblogcentral.com
    May 23, 2014 at 10:36 pm (3 years ago)

    These are super cute! Such a great idea
    Thanks for sharing @ my T.G.I.F. party. Have a great Memorial weekend!! :)

    Reply
  9. Simple Nature Decor
    May 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm (3 years ago)

    SO SO AMAZING I love those cupcake shoes! Thanks for stopping by my PARTY
    Maria

    Reply
  10. Dee
    May 24, 2014 at 2:12 am (3 years ago)

    These are so cute! This would be a nice gift for a girl or even a unique hostess gift. :)

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Dee! They’re definitely fun and I’ve already have a few people who’ve requested them!!

      Reply
  11. Create With Joy
    May 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm (3 years ago)

    What an amazing project!
    Congratulations – you are one of our featured guests at this week’s Inspire Me Monday party at Create With Joy!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 25, 2014 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

      I just saw it on your page! Thank you. It’s an honor to be featured!!!

      Reply
  12. [email protected] in Pyjamas
    May 26, 2014 at 9:32 am (3 years ago)

    Such a fun idea. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you very much Arnoldo! It is an honor to be featured.

      Reply
  13. Richella Parham
    May 29, 2014 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

    These are just adorable–and so very creative! I have to say I admire your vision and perseverance. I probably would have given up somewhere along the way, but creative something really fun!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home. I’m featuring you this week!

    Reply
  14. Linda
    May 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow. You really worked on these things, didn’t you? Very nice. Linda at Crafts a la Mode Featured PINNED and shared on social media = but not in that order because I’m sharing this tonight on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Take care……..

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    • Jenise
      May 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Wow and thank you Linda! I am really honored that you are featuring my planters! :-)

      Reply
  15. Natasha in Oz
    May 30, 2014 at 7:42 am (3 years ago)

    Thanks for linking up to the Say G’day Saturday linky party. I’ve just pinned your post! Hope you can say g’day again tomorrow!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    Reply
    • Jenise
      May 30, 2014 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Natasha and thank you for hosting!

      Reply
  16. Jeanette "Jaye" Baker
    February 23, 2016 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    These are so clever and awesome for giving any divas you know a nice gift. I am totally going to give it a try

    Reply
    • Jenise
      February 24, 2016 at 4:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Hope they turn out awesome. I’d love to hear how they turn out! :-)

      Reply

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