Are you looking for a unique way to spruce up your garden? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s easy to make, and with a few simple materials, you can create a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space.

Are you looking for a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the full tutorial @ACRaftyMix

Formed out of moss and chicken wire, the planter makes a great conversation piece.

Are you looking for a a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the full tutorial @ACRaftyMix

I love using chicken wire to make natural planters. It’s a great medium to create a basic form that doesn’t overpower the moss lining. If you don’t have chicken wire or you’re not keen to work with it, you can adapt this Leprechaun shoe tutorial to make something similar.

Are you looking for a a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the full tutorial @ACRaftyMix

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What you need

For this project, you’ll need a little bit of morning magic 😉 and:

  • chicken wire,
  • wire cutters,
  • craft moss,
  • loose coconut fibres,
  • plastic bags,
  • twine,
  • scrap wood,
  • gloves,
  • boot cutting guide
What you need to make the mossy boot planter

You’ll also need a suitable plant. I added Lily Turf inside my boot. Her official big Latin name is Liriope muscari, “blonde”. This beautiful and unusual cultivar thrives in both sun and shade. In early Spring, she produces pale silvery, blonde leaves lasting about two months. As the weather warms up, her leaves turn a deep green. She’s drought-tolerant, too, making her an excellent choice for the mossy boot planter.

Top view of a Liriope muscari "blonde"

How to make a mossy boot planter

Working with chicken wire can be a bit tricky, but it doesn’t have to be! Always wear gloves. Not only do they protect your hands from sharp edges, but it also helps you get a better grip while you bend the wire into shape. To make the mossy boot planter, you can either watch the video or scroll down a teeny bit for the step-by-step instructions.

How to Make a Mossy Boot Planter

Forming the boot leg

Start by cutting a piece of wire that’s 86.5 cm long x  40.5 cm wide (34″ x 16″). The measurements don’t have to be precise. I guestimated them. You’re welcome to use this rough boot-cutting plan as a general guideline.

Rough cutting guide for making the mossy boot planter

Flatten the wire and add a layer of moss over the chicken wire, followed by the loose coconut fibres.

Cut the chicken wire an lay down the moss
Add a layer of coconut fibre over the top of the moss layer

Trim a black plastic bag and place it over the coconut fibres. The bag will go inside the mossy boot and keep all the layers together.

Place a layer of plastic over the moss and coconut fibre

Fold the short sides of the “boot leg” inwards to meet in the middle.

Fold the boot leg edges over to meet in the middle

Fold the bottom long edge over.

Fold over the bottom edge of the the boot leg

Roll the mossy, coconut-fibred chicken wire into a tube that overlaps and tapers towards the bottom. Secure the overlap with wire.

Fold the boot leg over so it tapers towards the bottom

Making the boot toe

The boot toe is made in a similar fashion. Cut a 20.5 cm x 24 cm (8″ x 9.5″) piece of chicken wire . On one long end, cut away a flat V-shape.

Cut a flat V on one side of the boot toe
Cut a flat V-shape on one end

Add a layer of moss, then coconut fibre and finish off with a plastic bag trimmed to size. Fold the two short sides over a little to secure all the layers.

Fold over the side edges of the the boot toe

Bend the mossy chicken wire toe, so it forms an arch.

Bend the boot toe into shape

Joining the leg and toe

Place the V-Shaped cutaway bit against the boot tube and secure it with wire.

Secure the toe to the boot with wire

Shape the boot toe. I cut a slit in the front to make it easier to fold over itself.

Use your hands to form and shape the boot toe

You should end up with something like this.

Use a piece of scrap wood to make the sole

Making a bootsole

Place the mossy boot on scrap wood and trace around the bottom to make a sole.

Trace around the bottom of the boot.

Cut the sole out using a jigsaw and paint to protect the wood. If you have a shoe sole floating around, you can use that instead. The wooden sole will rot over time, but it’s all I had. Drill a few holes in the heel of the sole and stuff the toe with a scrunched-up plastic bag.

Drill a few drainage holes in the boot sole

The plastic bag pads up the boot toe to keep its form. Use a staple gun or nails to attach the sole to the mossy boot planter.

Staple or nail the boot onto the wooden sole

Honestly, this was the most challenging part of making the mossy boot planter. That staple gun and I have never been the best of friends.

Adding laces

To finish off, I added twine laces. Use a large yarn needle to sew the laces in place. You can also poke eyelets with a skewer and thread the laces through if you don’t have a large enough needle.

Add twine laces

Pop a pot plant inside, and you’re all done.

Are you looking for a a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make.

I grouped my mossy boot planter with a small gaura

Are you looking for a a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the full tutorial @ACRaftyMix

and a mistletoe cactus.

The beautiful and slow growing mistletoe cactus

They all have similar watering needs, and while the guara prefers full sun, she’s not opposed to some light shade.

Are you looking for a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the how-to video and detailed tutorial @ACraftyMix

Don’t you love how the contrasting textures play off against each other?

Are you looking for a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the how-to video and detailed tutorial @ACraftyMix

Caring for the mossy boot planter

To ensure that your mossy boot planter looks good for years to come, place her in a protected spot that doesn’t get too much direct sunlight. Moss tends to fade over time. If you find that yours looks a little dreary, this tutorial will show you how to recolor and “revive” moss.

Are you looking for a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the how-to video and detailed tutorial @ACraftyMix

When it comes to watering, most decorative mosses have dye and/or chemicals added to keep them looking lush and vibrant. So avoid drenching the whole boot unless you don’t mind slimy green water stains all over. I use a watering can with a thin spout to water mine. Other than that, preserved craft moss doesn’t need any special attention, and your homemade boot planter should give you many years of joy .

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Are you looking for a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the how-to video and detailed tutorial @ACraftyMix

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Are you looking for a beautiful and natural-looking planter that will add character and rustic charm to your outdoor space? This Leprechaun-approved mossy boot planter is the perfect solution! It’s both budget-friendly and easy to make. Get the how-to video and detailed tutorial @ACraftyMix

 

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