How to create a planter wind chime from a wooden shoe
I’m always on the lookout for unusual things for upcycling projects, especially garden projects. John and I went to a community yard sale a couple of weekends ago, and ‘wooden’ you know it, I found something super fun.
This $2 super-sized pair of Dutch wooden shoes was just waiting for me to find them. And when I say they’re super-sized I actually mean super-duper-sized. I’m talking size 28 1/2! Who on earth has feet that large?
Anyway, because of their size I saw the immediate future for one of them. The other will be put aside while I continue to ponder what its destiny will be.
This is not my first upcycled wooden shoe project. I used a pair of wooden shoes as craft room storage a few years ago. They were too small to be used for the project I’m doing today, but I kept it in the back of my mind for the day when I found the perfect candidates.
And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
I’m joining a bunch of creative bloggers for the Do It Over Designers blog hop. This is my first time joining in, and I can’t wait to see what everyone has created. The theme for this blog hop was anything wooden. I’m sharing my project with you first, and you can find links to all the talented creators at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out all the fabulousness. I’m sure you’ll be inspired!
Upcycled wooden shoe into planter wind chime
To give you an idea of the size of these babies, here I am holding them. One of these shoes will make a perfect planter but, of course, I couldn’t stop there.
If you’ve been around here a while you know how much I love to make wind chimes. So I couldn’t resist taking this project that one step further.
Supplies needed for this project
- large wooden shoe/clog
- 3 silver plate tablespoons, flattened and drilled
- chains of some sort for hanging
- 5 metal snap clips
- 5 half inch metal split rings
- 2 – 1/2″ eye hooks
- 3 – 1/4″ eye hooks
- 1 large key ring
- drill and drill bits
- little piece of cocoa fiber
- potting soil and plants
To create my wind chime, I’m using 3 silver plate tablespoons. I drilled holes into their ends, and flattened them as well. I find that flattened spoons sound better, but that’s just a personal choice. You can find instructions on how to flatten and drill spoons in this spoon bookmark tutorial. Or you can use measuring spoons that come with holes already.
Creating a wind chime from a wooden shoe
The first thing I did was put in the eye hooks to hang my upcycled wooden shoe. I just sort of winged it, drilled in my small pilot holes, and screwed in my 1/2″ eye hooks. Then I clipped on a couple of metal snap hooks.
I added chains, 2 split rings, and attached them to the top brass ring.
This pair of wooden shoes had a lot of what we in the upcycling/repurposing world call character, so I chose to go with a rustic look with already rusty chains. The shoe and the plants are going to be the stars of this project, and the wind chimes will be their lower key accompaniment.
I drilled a few pilot holes for the 1/4″ eye hooks, and a bunch of drainage holes so water can escape from the inside of the shoe.
I added the snap clips, the chains, split rings, and finally the silver plate tablespoons. Because, as I mentioned earlier, I’m going for the rustic look I didn’t polish the spoons.
Creating Planter from Wooden Shoe
To make sure soil doesn’t leak out of my upcycled wooden shoe planter when water drains, I grabbed a small piece of cocoa fiber from another planter.
And I stuffed it down into the toe of the wooden shoe.
Then I added some potting soil, and the finishing touch is of course the plants. I used a small red verbena, 2 white alyssum, and a creeping jenny.
For a fun and unexpected touch I tucked in one of my repurposed candle snuffer bellflowers, that I shared recently.
Against a fence or on a post is the perfect placement for this upcycled wooden shoe planter wind chime, because you really don’t want to see the back of the shoe.
This was a fun project, and I know I’m going to enjoy the beauty of the planter and the lovely sound of the wind chime for the whole summer season.
I hope this project has inspired you, and now for more inspiration be sure to check out the other Do It Over Designers listed below.
Little Vintage Cottage
Modern on Monticello
Purple Hues & Me
Unique Creations by Anita
Sum of Their Stories
Tea and Forget-Me-Nots
The Apple Street Cottage
Birdz of a Feather
Color Me Thrifty – that’s me!
It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time,