Here at Kids of the Wild we love container gardening because our current garden is small. We also love to recycle and upcycle whenever possible. This year we decided to use an old pair of wellies to make a plant container for herbs. It’s a fun kids activity to try with children of all ages.

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

In this super-easy tutorial you will learn how to recycle wellies or old boots to make welly boot planters for herbs or flowers.

Children’s welly boots work especially well and this garden project is ideal for when your wild kids don’t want to part with boots they’ve grown out of – what could be more environmentally friendly than recycling old boots!

It’s an outdoor family activity that helps create nature connection even if, like us, you’ve got a small garden or outdoor space, or even no garden at all – just pop your boot plant containers on the doorstep.

How to make a welly boot planter

You will need:

  • Old welly boots or walking boots
  • Organic peat-free compost or garden soil
  • Broken crocks e.g. terracotta pot pieces, or gravel
  • Bradawl or screwdriver
  • Herb or flower seedlings or seeds
  • Water

What to do:

1. Take one pair of old boots, preferably patterned

2. Create drainage holes in the soles using a bradawl or screwdriver (if they’re not already holey enough!). Supervise children at this stage to avoid injury

3. Layer broken crocks thinly in bottom of each boot to provide drainage and stop the soil leaking from the holes when watering

4. Fill with compost or soil


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

6. Water well and regularly to ensure the soil or compost doesn’t completely dry put as they grow

7. Stand in a sunny or part-shady spot

8. Watch them grow!

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

Plants in containers don’t last as long as those in open ground so why not re-pot them each year, or change the plants with the season?

No garden needed

You can stand welly boot planters on the doorstep if you’re short on outdoor space. Walking boot planters can be hung on a wall with a nail or bracket. Just be sure to water them regularly if they don’t get much rain.

Wild wishes on your expert welly boot planter creation!

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

Grow your own

Click on the images to buy garden supplies at Amazon for your welly boot planters

Ceramic outdoor welly planter (if you haven’t got any old ones to recyle!)

Children’s flower & herb seeds

Wildflower seeds (10 pack for party bags)Children’s gardening tool set

Peat-free compost