Canvas Shoe Planter

May 10, 2012 by Jenny Melrose
Last week I showed you how I made my butterfly corkboard planter stick.  Tonight I’m going to explain part of the reason why I made them and tomorrow night I’ll show you the other reason.  It all started with this fabulous Vertical Herb Garden that I found on Pinterest.  I chose six different seeds that I wanted in my garden.  My choices were spinach, chives, parsley, basil, oregano and cilantro.  I only have a picture of the spinach, chives and parsley butterfly corkboard planter sticks because those were the three seeds that could be planted before the last frost.
I then took a canvas shoe organizer that I picked up for 6 dollars at Marshalls and cut the top two rows off.  If you look close you can see that the top of the organizer has three holes in the top.  The organizer came with the over-the-door-hooks for the holes.  I set aside the top portion of the organizer for the project that I’ll share tomorrow night.
The bottom portion of the organizer has twelve pockets and left me without any holes at the top.
The top portion left me with about two inches to work with in order to figure out a way to be able to hang the organizer.  I folded the top over and hot glued it down leaving enough room for a dowel to fit between the two portions of the canvas.  I then used a hole punch to punch three holes into the canvas.
I then used my hot glue gun to place a washer on each side of the hole.  I did more damage to my fingers with the hot glue, but I’m getting used to it at this point.
I placed hanging hooks in the washers, which went through the hole punched holes in the canvas.  The purpose of the washers was to reinforce the canvas holes.
Before I filled the pockets I stuck the canvas with a pin throughout each of the pockets to make sure that the water could get through the canvas and drain.  My assistant and I then filled the top four pockets with potting soil and planted the seeds.
We hung the canvas planter on the fence next to Riley’s new sandbox that daddy built on one of his rare days off.
Here’s a close up of the butterfly corkboard planter stick hanging from the canvas planter.
As the weather continues to warm up Riley and I will be able to plant the rest of our seeds and wait for the herbs to grow.




  • Natalie

    This is a really good idea!

  • Amy - while wearing heels

    Brilliant. What a great use of space. I can't wait to see some after pictures, with your herbs growing out of there!

  • Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm

    Love this! I see those planter walls all the time and this is an easier way! Can't wait to see it when it's grown!

  • Marilyn Clark

    What a great idea….I wish I would have thought of this when my kids were little! Can't wait to see what you did with the top half tomorrow!

  • Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters

    Such a great idea…and I love it even more because it is something that I can do on my deck (we don't have a backyard…)!! Thanks so much for sharing at Two Sasters!!

  • Megan

    Genius! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  • Stone Cottage Adventures

    What a great idea! I love it! 😉 Marci

  • Lisa @ Flour Me With Love

    You have so many clever ideas! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  • Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple

    What a great idea!!

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  • Pams Party

    This is something that I would have never thought of. Will you please stop by and share it on Dare to Share?

  • Heather Graham

    I love this idea! Would love for you to join in on my linky party {}! So glad I found you – I'm a new follower!


  • Katie Goldsworthy

    Such a great idea! and your daughter is such a cute little gardener!

    Thanks for linking!

  • Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife

    So clever!

  • Claiming Our Space

    This is a great idea. Hmmm, I have a canvas shoe holder in my basement that is screaming for a makeover. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  • Carrie @ My Favorite Finds

    I've never seen this planter idea! Just when I think I've seen it all on Pinterest, you share this! Awesome! Thanks for linking to Handmade Tuesdays.

  • Carrie

    What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  • Crystal

    What a brilliant idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing at HiH! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    I can't wait to see how this turns out! I've always wanted to try this but I just don't know where I could put one. Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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