We love container gardening here at Kids of the Wild as our current garden is small, and we love to recycle and upcycle whenever possible. This year we decided to use a favourite pair of patterned wellies to make a plant container for herbs.

Kids and wellies…go together like cream and jelly?! Holey herbal wellies, I should write a song!

In this super-easy tutorial learn how to recycle wellies or walking boots with your kids to make cute plant containers for herbs or flowers.

Children’s wellies work especially well and this garden project is ideal for when your wild kids grow out of theirs but don’t want to part with them – you can’t get more environmentally friendly than recycling old boots!

It’ helps create nature connections with your kids even if you’re short on outdoor space like us or don’t have a garden at all – just pop them on the doorstep.

How To Make Plant Containers from Old Wellies or Walking Boots

You will need:

  • Old wellies or walking boots
  • Organic peat-free compost
  • Bradawl or screwdriver
  • Herb or flower seedlings or seeds

What to do:

1. Take one pair of holey old wellington boots, preferably patterned and definitely not suitable for hand-me-downs

2. Create drainage holes with a bradawl or screwdriver if they’re not already holey enough

3. Fill with compost


4. Plant herb seeds or young plants in each welly boot

5. Water in, stand in a sunny spot and watch them grow

6. Take some silly pictures and post them to Kids of the Wild’s Facebook page

These don’t even require a garden, you can stand them on the doorstep if you’re short on outdoor space but make sure to water them regularly if they don’t get much rain.

For more gardening inspiration read 25 things to do in the garden and for more fun ideas on gardening in small spaces, create your own mini wildflower meadow in a wheelbarrow