I saw the Croc planter below on Pinterest (originally sourced from here and here.) It was so cute, I thought that "up-cycling" old shoes would be fun. (I didn't consider the lack of drainage in old shoes until now... hmm.)
Also, kids can plant something in their old shoes and see what happens. Grab one shoe from each member of your family and have a little representation in the garden. Next year, when your shoe succulents are overflowing, tell your friends to bring an old shoe over and you'll make them a planter. (Either that, or you'll make a fine succulent swimming pool.)
Succulents grow like crazy and they don't take much work. They like hot weather, but even here in zone 5, mine multiply and fall out of their pots every spring.
To do this project, you'll need:
Next year, you can vertically hang the shoes on the side of the house or just leave them in their natural state at the back door. You can act surprised when your guests ask what happened to your shoes.
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