What to Do with Old Shoes
Shoe Craft Ideas
Re-purposing shoes into a craft or DIY project takes a little creative vision.
- Shoe Planters: Fill with soil and plant succulents, cacti, or hens and chickens plants.
- Shoe Bird Houses: Attach a roof or hang on the side of a fence for small birds.
- Shoe Wind Chimes: Hang chimes or similar objects under the shoe by punching through the sole.
- Shoe Wreaths: Place them on a circle, attach to a circular structure, decorate as desired.
- Sole Stamps: Carve designs in the soles, cut the to the desired shape.
- Shoe Bookends: Fill with concrete or any other heavy material, do a mosaic, spray paint, use markers, use stickers.
- Boot Vase: Place a water reservoir such as a water bottle inside the boot and add some cut flowers.
- Shoe Door Stop: Add something heavy and decorate. Cut a wedge shape out of a shoe with a thick sole.
- Jewelry Display: Fill the inside with folded soft material. Place rings in the folds of the material.
- Phone Charging Stand: The phone can stand inside the shoe. Cut a hole for the wire.
New or gently worn shoes can be donated at a variety of philanthropic locations.
Try to get as much use out of shoes as possible. Reuse shoes for these purposes.
- Hiding valuables: No one will suspect a wad of cash or other valuables to be stored in old worn out shoes.
- Mowing and gardening: Rotate old shoes to lower expectations before throwing them out.
- Canoeing, kayaking, or tubing: Protect your feet with a pair you don't mind throwing out after being in the river or lake.
- Turn tennis shoes into flip flops: Cut the top off of the sole in a way that allows your shoes to function as flip flops (sandals).
- Garage Sales
- Consignment Stores