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Easy DIY – A Lucky Leprechaun Shoe Planter

Talk about the luck of the Irish! My hubby has a closet full of shoes that he can’t wear anymore. Well, I don’t know if that’s actually lucky, you see one of our fur babies has a shoe fetish. Especially when it comes to my hubby’s shoes 😀 And he has quite a few that have lost their sole mate. Something needed to be done and with St Paddy’s Day around the corner, it seemed like a good idea to recycle one of those lonely soles into a Lucky Leprechaun Shoe Planter. I mean, who doesn’t love a good shoe upcycle?!

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round. ACraftyMix.com #SpringTrend #StPatricksDay #ShoePlanter #ShoeUpcycle #Repurposed

It looks pretty Leprechaunish, right? Is that even a word? Legend has it that these cheerful and mischievous sprites spend quite a bit of time making and mending shoes. That is if they’re not chasing pots of gold at the end of the rainbow or dancing the night away.  Just like my hubby 😉

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This is the poor shoe that we used for the planter.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

Besides a shoe you’ll also need:

  • A pot that fits nicely inside the shoe
  • A piece of wire, masking tape, and aluminum foil
  • Some sheet moss or reindeer moss and glue. We used E6000
  • Black ribbon and craft foam
  • Green spray paint and a small bell (optional)

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How to Make a Lucky Leprechaun Shoe Planter

Give the shoe a good wipe to get rid of any grimy, dirty bits and then use the tape to mask off the sole. You can skip this step, but it does make the end result looks so much prettier. Cut a piece of wire that’s twice the length of your shoe and push it into the toe.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

Bend the wire to form a curved shape as shown above. Next, take some aluminum foil and tear it into strips. Press the aluminum foil to the toe of the shoe and stick it down with masking tape. Start scrunching and wrapping the foil around the wire to give it a “hornish” kind of shape.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

Once you’re happy with the look, cover the aluminum foil with masking tape, before painting the whole thing green.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

If you don’t have spray paint, don’t worry too much. I just find it makes it easier when you add the moss later. It hides any gaps 😀 Once the paint has dried remove the masking tape from around the sole before adding lots of sticky, tacky, gooey glue onto the shoe. While the glue is still wet grab some of that moss and squish it into the glue. It’s best to work in sections until the whole shoe is covered. We did the same thing when we made this little fairy toadstool and this beautiful mosaic and moss mannequin with her faux concrete paint effect.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

Adding the Finishing Touches

To finish the Lucky Leprechaun shoe planter off, cut a buckle shape out of craft foam and paint it gold. Cut a piece of black ribbon to fit around the top part of the shoe and glue the ribbon and the buckle down.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

Finally glue a small bell onto the toe, fill the pot with flowers and insert it inside the shoe planter.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

We planted some Creeping Jenny in ours. She’s native to Ireland and her Irish name,  Lus an dá phingin translates as ‘Two-penny plant’ or Moneywort 😉 Quite appropriate for a Leprechaun planter don’t you think? We also added a few beautiful yellow pansies. They always remind me of Spring and chubby-faced little babies. So cute.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

I’d love to know what you think of the idea. Is it something you’d make for St Patrick’s Day and welcome in Spring? Let me know in the comments.

If you like the idea don’t forget to share it with your friends and/or save it to Pinterest.

Welcome Spring with this whimsical planter. Quick, easy and budget friendly. A one of a kind planter with step-by-step tutorial | DIY whimsical repurposed shoe | Before & After | ACraftyMix.com #SpringTrend #StPatricksDay #ShoePlanter #ShoeUpcycle #Repurposed

Pssssst, if you’re keen to make something else for St Paddy’s day then why not try this really easy Leprechaun bottle topper.

This adorable lucky leprechaun shoe planter is perfect for St. Patrick's day. Quick and easy to make, it will add some festive cheer all year round.

BTW if you want to make your own I’ve saved you the hassle of trying to find some of the materials we’ve used. Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us feed our fur babies real food instead of shoes 😉

E6000 Craft Adhesive, 3.7 Fluid Ounces
Super Moss 21669 Reindeer Moss Preserved, Chartreuse, 8oz (200 cubic inch)

And as always, here’s wishing you a beautiful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit. ♧Sláinte Mhaith♧

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Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Fairy Garden Crafts, Holiday Crafts, Home Decor Crafts, Trash to Treasure, Wire Crafts


  • Posted: September 30, 2019 23:38


    I’m sure glad there’s people like you with such creativity, and I really appreciate that you share your ideas. These are all absolutely the cutest and most inspiring crafts I have ever seen. I’m blown away! Thank you so much and I’m excited to receive your newsletters for more ideas. Kiddos!!
    • Posted: October 1, 2019 13:49


      😊 Thank you so much for subscribing and commenting Cheryl. I can't tell you how much we appreciate it.
  • Posted: July 11, 2019 20:36


    What a clever elf you are. Looks wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial.👍👍
  • Posted: July 11, 2019 12:15


    Too cute for words. Luv it!
    • Posted: July 12, 2019 04:49


      😊 Thank you, so happy you like it
  • Posted: May 30, 2019 12:48


    This is the cutest thing ever!!!
  • Posted: February 11, 2019 15:28

    Marie Blackburn

    Seriously girl, you ALWAYS come up with the coolest ideas! Visiting from our friend Mary, The Boondocks Blog and had to come over and check out this adorable luck leprechaun shoe planter. How did I miss this one? This is definitely my favorite Spring planter EVER!! Pinned :)
    • Posted: February 11, 2019 16:42


      😍 hello Marie 😍 So happy for the pin and the visit
  • Posted: September 13, 2018 16:09


    This is SO CUTE! I’m definitely going to try this one! Thanks Michelle for the great idea!
    • Posted: September 13, 2018 16:22


      😍 YES!!!!! So glad to hear that Jeannie
  • Posted: April 22, 2018 15:28

    Debra Meade

    Can I ask a question? Will the moss die and lose it's green color since you glued it on. I want to try this idea. So cool!
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 05:07


      Hey Debra, the color will probably fade after a while, but I figured I would just use some acrylic paint to touch it up again. Wouldn't it be lovely though if we could get real moss to grow on the shoe. I need to experiment
  • Posted: April 20, 2018 18:36


    Michelle, this shoe upcycle is awesome!! What a genius idea for a St. Patrick's Day planter. It's super cute!!
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 15:23


      Thank you my friend. It's one of my favorite planters right now and so many people comment on it too.
  • Posted: March 16, 2018 21:57

    Denise Bryant

    This is so very cute and clever! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party. Can't wait to see what you are up to this week.
    • Posted: March 19, 2018 14:33


      Thank you Denise, I'm real glad you like it and thank you for hosting Waste Not Wednesday. I really enjoy the party
  • Posted: March 15, 2018 02:39


    You always amaze me with your wonderful creations. This is such a fun idea!
    • Posted: March 15, 2018 04:36


      😉 Thank you Debra and this one was so much fun to make too
  • Posted: March 14, 2018 20:18


    Michelle, Love your leprechaun shoe. So cute. Please stop by Thursday Favorite Things since you are being featured. Hugs, Bev
    • Posted: March 15, 2018 04:42


      That's so awesome thank you Beverly
  • Posted: March 14, 2018 20:11


    Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #ThursdayFavoriteThings this week. Visit me at https://www.marilynstreats.com on thursday morning to see your feature! All hosts choose their own features from the comments left on their blog so be sure to return to my blog to see your feature. I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!
    • Posted: March 15, 2018 04:44


      Ahhhhh Marilyn, thank you so very much for the feature 💕 I'll definitely pop by again. I found so many new bloggers at the party which I'm going to enjoy getting to know better
  • Posted: March 13, 2018 23:59

    Sam - Raggedy Bits

    Michelle, you come up with the best projects!! This has got to be by far the BEST repurpose of a shoe!! Such a clever and creative idea!!
    • Posted: March 14, 2018 05:21


      😊 Thanks so much Sam 😊
  • Posted: March 13, 2018 21:48


    Michelle, What a great project!! It came out so cute!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for taking the time to visit!! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: March 14, 2018 05:18


      Thank you Debbie. When I saw how you'd decorated for St Patrick's day I thought the shoe would feel right at home in between all those beautiful things you've collected over the years. Hope you have a lovely week and that the weather has started improving on your side of the world xoxox
  • Posted: March 13, 2018 17:22


    I bow to your brilliance! I mean really so so so so cool!!!
    • Posted: March 14, 2018 05:02


      🙂 Thank you Deborah 🙂
  • Posted: March 13, 2018 14:02


    Michelle, this is the cutest thing ever! Looking at it makes me happy inside. You guys are amazing!
    • Posted: March 14, 2018 05:22


      😊 Thank you Carolann, I'm so glad you like it
  • Posted: March 11, 2018 08:25


    Michelle, what a super use of an old shoe! This would make a perfect garden decoration not just for St. Paddy's Day but all year round!
    • Posted: March 12, 2018 05:00


      Thank you Maya. I'm really happy with how it turned out
  • Posted: March 10, 2018 21:13

    T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet

    This is such an amazing idea!!!! What a great way to upcycle an old shoe! Pinning!!!
    • Posted: March 11, 2018 04:54


      Thank you T'onna, I'm glad you like it 🙂
  • Posted: March 10, 2018 02:17

    [email protected]

    This is too cute! I love your imagination and creativity. Plus, you've at least found a use for the extra shoes left behind from your fur baby! LOL Pinned :)
    • Posted: March 10, 2018 08:44


      😊 Thank you so much Wendi
  • Posted: March 9, 2018 22:57

    Michele Michael

    So darn cute. Very creative. I wish someone would give me one of these. A great way to upcycle so many shoes that would otherwise see the garbage. #Recycle It must look great in person. Slightly jealous.
    • Posted: March 10, 2018 08:42


      Thanks a bunch Michele. It's always so much fun trying to find a new purpose for something that most people would throw away
  • Posted: March 9, 2018 22:00

    Jas @ All that's Jas

    That is amazing, Michelle! It got me thinking...since your hubby has more shoes to repurpose, I payback challenge you (it's not really a challenge, it'll be a piece of cake for you) to create a fairy tale old shoe house. You know what I'm talking about, right? If not, just Google it. ;)
    • Posted: March 10, 2018 08:41


      Ahhh now that's a brilliant challenge. I think I'll take you up on that one Jas 😉
  • Posted: March 9, 2018 19:27


    Michelle, you have one of the most creative minds! This lucky leprechaun shoe is sooooo cool! If this planter doesn't make people smile from ear to ear, then I don't know what will. Just love it!
    • Posted: March 10, 2018 08:40


      🙂 Thank you so much Jelica 💕
  • Posted: March 8, 2018 11:41


    Oh wow, Michelle!! What an incredible DIY project! And I mean it! It looks super professional and something I would purchase at the florist's if I wanted to decorate for St. Paddy's Day! Amazing how you hid the actual ankle boot and created this fairytale leprechaun shoe :) x Nadia (Miel and Mint blog)
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 12:12


      Thank you so much Nadia ❣ I really appreciate that, such a lovely thing to say
  • Posted: March 8, 2018 10:12


    This project is sooo amazing! The final result is incredible, I am at awe at your talent and creativity.
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 12:13


      Thank you very much Nati
  • Posted: March 8, 2018 03:15

    Agnes Vazhure

    Oh, my Michelle!! That is so creative. This leprechaun shoe planter is so awesome. I will surely try this DIY.
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:43


      Thank you Agnes 🙂 let me know how yours turns out.
  • Posted: March 8, 2018 03:00


    Michelle, you never cease to amaze me with your cleverness and creativity! The shoe planter is awesome! The way you made the horn with just wire and aluminum foil! How did you get the wire to go through the end of the shoe? I love love this idea!
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:45


      Thanks my friend 😊 We used a really sharp skewer to make a small hole in the toe of the shoe for the wire to fit through. You could also drill a hole if that's easier. Some shoes are tougher than others 🙂
  • Posted: March 8, 2018 01:28


    You are so creative! I am always awed by what you come up with. :)
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:45


      Thank you Kim 😊
  • Posted: March 8, 2018 00:43

    Gail @Purple Hues and Me

    Wow, Michelle! This is so adorable and very creative! You really come up with some awesome and unique creations! Great thinking outside the box!
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:46


      Thank you Gail 🙂 You know when I saw the beautiful ball planter that you made I was thinking about how awesome the two would look together
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 22:08


    This is ridiculously cute and so so clever! I absolutely love the finished product. This is something my kids would really love to join in making.
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:47


      The kids will love making this with you Claire 🙂
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 21:37

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    What a fun, and adorable Leprechaun Shoe Planter. Just think if your fur babies didn't have a shoe fetish then you may not of thought of using one of the shoes without a mate. No that's not true, I'm sure your creative mind would of thought of it anyway. ;)
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:51


      😆 You're so right Linda, that fur baby did me a huge favor with this one 😉 Thank you my friend
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 20:12

    Sadhna Grover

    This shoe planter is really beautiful, I like the curved shape at the top. This is a good artwork for St, Patrick's day. What is the difference between St. Paddy's day and St, Patricks day
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:53


      Thank you Sadhna. There's no difference between the two, St Paddy's day is just a nickname I suppose for St Patrick's day
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 17:57

    Christina Makri

    Oh my God! Every time I see a creation from you my jaw is dropping! We have not such a celebration in our country but I always enjoy to see such beautiful crafts!
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:55


      🙂 Thank you 🙂
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 16:49


    This is absolutely incredible. It makes me wish I was Irish! Next time you have to make sure Shaun looses more shoes if this is going to be the result. And I'm happy to see you have affiliate links for us. Thank you for the inspiration. I'm sharing it with a friend!!
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 07:01


      😁 I'll tell Shaun Mary 😁 and I'm glad the affiliate link made it easier for you. I struggled a little to figure out how to do it though
      • Posted: March 9, 2018 13:10


        Everything has a learning curve but once you do it a few times you get the hang of it. :)
        • Posted: March 9, 2018 13:43


          So true Mary ❣
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 16:44


    This is the greatest planter DIY ever. Its amazing how you created that mold. Maria
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:58


      Thank you Maria 🙂
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 15:56

    Kathy A

    Me last name was O'Malley for 15 years! I love it! Maybe next year. I can see myself doing it as a pixie shoe for Christmas or a fairy shoe for the garden, also!
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:58


      Well pleased to meet you Kathy A O'Malley 🙂 It would make an awesome pixie shoe for Christmas, especially if you add some poinsettias
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 15:32


    Every time I visit your blog, I am amazed at your creativity. This is indeed the coolest makeover of a shoe. Such great diy, I have few pairs of my hubbies shoes he does not wear, I am going to try this.
    • Posted: March 8, 2018 06:56


      Yay, Preet I'm so glad to hear that. Let me know how yours turns out, I'd love to see it
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 08:39


    You work really is art. This is brilliant. There isn't an Irish club in the world that wouldn't want one of these shoes. It's simply fantastic.
    • Posted: March 7, 2018 12:34


      😊 Thank you Leanna 😊
  • Posted: March 7, 2018 06:07


    I love this!! I had no idea it had a real shoe in it at first. Such a clever way to upcycle. Your doggy helped you create art! 😆 The flowers you used are perfect for a Leprechaun shoe.
    • Posted: March 7, 2018 07:55


      😉 Fur babies are the best even when they eat our shoes 😉 Thanks Sam
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 22:17

    Tanvi Rastogi

    This look sooooo cute and actually perfect for the front yard or entrance. I can truly say that you can repurpose no matter what. You are a magician.
    • Posted: March 7, 2018 04:30


      🙂 Repurposing is so much fun Tanvi. We love trying to find new ideas or ways to use something that would normally just end up in the rubbish heap
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 21:58

    Michelle James

    Seriously, this is the coolest thing ever!
    • Posted: March 7, 2018 04:26


      😊 Thank you Michelle
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 21:17

    Elizabeth O

    This is such a creative and lovely way to celebrate St Patricks Day. I hope you have a great time.
    • Posted: March 7, 2018 04:28


      Thank you Elizabeth 🙂
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 19:03


    If this doesn't scream luck I don't know what! Such a unique idea Michelle, you've done it again, the planter is so so adorable and just happy and fun to look at!
    • Posted: March 7, 2018 04:28


      Thanks so much Katrin. I'm hoping the moss acts as a disguise so our little fur baby with the shoe fetish doesn't decide to eat this one too 😀
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 16:33


    Michelle this looks incredible! I am so often dumbfounded by your creativity and wonderful execution of your creations. Maybe it sounds weird but I love that the sole/heal of the shoe still shows. This is just magical in all and the yellow flowers finish it off perfectly! People should be paying you millions to make all these beautiful creations!
    • Posted: March 6, 2018 16:53


      LOL, I wish Ithi 😉 Thank you so very much though, you've just made my day
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 15:22


    That's an amazing re-use of an old shoe!! Seriously, so impressed. You are so talented!
    • Posted: March 6, 2018 15:26


      😊 Ahhh Claire, thank you so much. There's still a whole closet full of them that need to find a new purpose in life
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 15:11

    Sue Tanya Mchorgh

    This is a pretty cool and neat DIY idea. I would have never thought of it. I hope I can get to try it soon.
    • Posted: March 6, 2018 15:20


      Thanks Sue Tanya 🙂, I'm glad you like it and hope you get to try it
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 14:30

    Julia - Vintage with Laces

    I don't decorate for St. Patrick's Day but this is a super cute idea, Michelle! I'm sure the poor single shoe is now happy that it lost it's better half and became such a lovely decoration piece. :)
    • Posted: March 6, 2018 14:38


      Hey there Julia 💕 I've been thinking of you. Hope that new fur baby of yours is doing well.
  • Posted: March 6, 2018 09:50

    Evelyn, PathofPresence

    OMG how fun is this?? Repurposing old tired shoes into whimsical craft is genius. I love this so much and saving it to guide me (and the kids) as we make our leprechaun shoes this year. The moss is brilliant. 🍀 💕 xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋
    • Posted: March 6, 2018 10:26


      😀 I'm glad you like it Evelyn. Hope you and the kids have loads of fun making some Leprechaun shoes for St Patrick's day 🍀