The humble welly boot. Beloved of gardeners, festival goers, campers, lovers of the great outdoors and those who go out in the rain a lot, wellington boots are a mainstay of many a porch and outhouse. But like most things, wellies don’t last forever, and if your wellies have seen better days you might find yourself asking can wellington boots be recycled?
While you can’t put them out with your jars, cans and newspapers for the recycling crews to pick up, you don’t need to throw those old wellies away yet. Wellington boots are made of sturdy stuff, so even if yours have a couple of holes or are looking a bit the worse for wear, you’ll find there’s life in the old boots yet. Here are 7 clever ideas for your old wellies.
Why pay out for a new pair of garden clogs? If you’ve got a pair of old wellies going spare, you can make your own. Provided the soles and the front part of your wellies (the part that covers your foot) are in good condition, you can turn them into garden clogs in no time at all. Simply take a marker pen and draw the shape of your desired clog on your wellies. Now grab a good sharp, sturdy pair of scissors and carefully cut around that shape, cutting the legs of your wellies free and leaving you with a smart pair of clogs ready to slip on.
Old wellies make great plant pots for your garden. Simply drill a few holes in the sole for drainage, fill them up with potting soil or compost, and plant your seeds or plants. A row of these looks great on your porch or by your shed – or why not hang them off your fence?
Wellington boots are the perfect size and shape for making garden containers. All you have to do is pierce two holes in the top of the welly – one each side about an inch or two below the top. Thread some sturdy string or wire through the holes to make handles, and you’ve got a portable container. These are great for storing garden implements or paintbrushes.
Believe it or not, you can make wellies into fun flower vases! Start by giving them a thorough clean inside and out. Once they’re clean and dry, spray paint them in an attractive colour – gold or silver works well and gives them a real shine. Fill them with flowers and they’ll make a quirky talking point for patios, garden parties or even country weddings. Do make sure they’re still waterproof before you fill them with water, though!
An old pair of wellies can be turned into an ingenious pet feeder. Cut away the toe of one welly, making sure the cut is slanted backwards. Fill the welly with pet food and secure it at a slight angle so the food rolls towards the toe (choose food that isn’t small enough to roll right out). Nos take the other welly in the pair and slide the open top down over the first welly, to make a lid. As your pet eats, the food will keep rolling down, and you can refill whenever you need.
Even if you don’t have a lot of crows to scare, making a scarecrow is a fun project that the whole family can do. Find an old shirt and trousers and stuff them full of straw to make your basic shape, tying it all together with string as you go. Add a ball or stuffed bag for the head, and don’t forget to give your scarecrow a great hat. Now just slide your old wellies over your scarecrow’s legs for a finishing touch.
With the British weather being what it is, waterproof footwear is a must. If your wellies are still waterproof, try donating them to a local charity shop or homeless charity so someone who is struggling can keep their feet dry. Some festivals also collect spare wellies for festival goers who forgot theirs – if there’s a festival near you, get int ouch and see if they want them.
With so many ways to use your old wellies, don’t bin them! Turn them into something new and charming for your garden, or give them away.
Also see: Are Wellington Boots Good for Snow?