My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 3: Shoe Stretchers

My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 3: Shoe Stretchers

After successfully sowing herb seeds in thrifted muffin tins…and then transplanting the seedlings into larger pots displayed on a vertical shower caddy, I’m wrapping up my three-part Upcycled Herb Garden series today! And what, pray tell, could my third part be about? Well…funny you should ask.

My good friend, Pink Dogwood Jewelry (who has re-launched her amazing shop this week!), gifted me some vintage shoe stretchers a while ago. She asked if I could do anything with them…and upon first sight, I knew what I would make. And believe it or not, THIS is the project that inspired the three-part series; I just had to work backwards first before putting it all together.

Vintage shoe stretchers to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…what could I do with these?

But back to the gift- when she handed me a fistful of these shoe stretchers, I couldn’t help but notice that the fat end (the part that goes into the toe of a shoe) looked just like a toadstool (to me)!

Vintage shoe stretchers to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Toadstool-esque, yes?

And that’s when I decided to create DIY Toadstool Herb Markers! Now…I certainly don’t *need* to mark my herbs- I know which one is which. But there’s just something fun about making little signs for your herb (or vegetable) garden…and the shoe stretchers seemed awfully perfect for it. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So, to upcycle the stretchers, I first needed to cut off the blunt wooden end so that they could be plunged into potting soil. After considering my options, I ended up using bolt cutters to do the deed.

Trimming the bottoms off of vintage shoe stretchers for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just a trim!

Once that was completed, it was spray painting time! I don’t actually know if spray paint can leech into soils…so I taped off a good portion of each stretcher before painting. Better safe than sorry, right?

Let the toadstool transformation begin!

When all was said and done, I painted two red stretchers, two bright green stretchers, and left two of the aqua/turquoise stretchers as-is. These seemed like fun toadstool colors to me.

Lovin’ the color combo so far!

Now- for the stake of each herb marker, I decided to go the chalkboard route! This way, I can reuse them year after year, swapping out herbs as I go. So, I applied a few coats of chalkboard paint to each one…ending where my painter’s tape had ended before.

Repurposing vintage shoe stretchers into DIY toadstool herb or plant markers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Coming along nicely…

And since little white spots are quintessential to toadstools, I added dainty spots of white paint to each one.

Repurposing vintage shoe stretchers into DIY toadstool herb or plant markers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh my gosh, I REALLY love this…

Can you handle the cuteness?? All I needed to do was label them (I swear, my penmanship worsens when I try to be extra neat) and they were ready to be added to my potted herbs!

Upcycling and repurposing vintage shoe stretchers into DIY toadstool herb or plant markers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to finish these up?

Upcycling and repurposing vintage shoe stretchers into DIY toadstool herb or plant markers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh my gosh, THE CUTENESS!!

Ta-da! Seriously the cutest little herb markers ever…I mean, really, those shoe stretchers were completely, 100% perfect for this!

Upcycling and repurposing vintage shoe stretchers into DIY toadstool herb or plant markers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now THAT’S a cute herb (or plant) marker!

Oh my gosh, I can’t get enough. But see what I mean? No one *needs* to label their herbs…but when the labels are this adorable, well…why not?

Upcycling and repurposing vintage shoe stretchers into DIY toadstool herb or plant markers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just adorable!

Upcycling and repurposing vintage shoe stretchers into DIY toadstool herb or plant markers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Last photo, I promise!

Thank you for following my entire herb garden journey!!

Craft on!

S

Want to be notified when I publish my next upcycling project tutorial?

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.



PIN ME!DIY Toadstool Herb / Plant Markers with upcycled and repurposed vintage shoe stretchers that can be labeled and erased by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Adorable!

  2. GirlfromWVa says:

    Awesomely done!

  3. Margaret says:

    Super creative, as usual! These are so cute!

  4. Melissa says:

    WOW! I love the way you think outside the box. I always look forward to opening your blog and seeing what you have created. Your ideas make me smile. Keep doing what you’re doing!!

  5. missmargaretdesigns says:

    These are so adorable!

  6. Kathy A. says:

    Oh, no, another thing to be on the lookout for when I yard sale this summer! Love them! I make theme baskets for raffles for a group and church bazaar; what a great addition!

  7. What a fun idea!! I see these at the thrift store sometimes, and now I know what else I could use them for! 🙂

  8. Sherrie says:

    I love a vintage updo. That was so cute .

  9. What a cute idea! Keep ’em coming!

  10. You’re right! They look exactly like toadstools or mushrooms! What a cute & clever idea! I love how you repurposed these!

  11. You always have the best ideas, so cute! And how nice of your friend! xo

  12. Kimberley A Mason says:

    I am always amazed at the the things you come up with. Love, Love, Love it!
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. OMG, those are adorable, what a great idea!!

    Tania

  14. mary scott says:

    I have a collection of these in a clear glass vase in my guest room. I love them. thanks

  15. Ohmigosh Sarah! These are so cute— I love the idea 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  16. acraftymix says:

    Oh yes please, those are just beyond adorable Sarah. I wish I could get inside your headand just drift on clouds of creativeness. This is a stunning idea

    • acraftymix says:

      And when I’m super excited about a new creative idea I clearly have no concept of checking what I write. Sorry about the type 😉

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, sweet friend! But…I mean…compared to your luggage dresser…this is NOTHING! 😛 😛

  17. Genius!! Absolutely adorable.

  18. I absolutely love this idea!! Pinned! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  19. Another cute idea.

  20. These are adorable Sarah! So cute and what a great way to reuse the shoe stretchers! And I agree with you, they totally looked like toadstools 😉

  21. You think of everything and that’s a good thing. I would have plunged the painted end into the soil without a thought. These are so cute and this has been a great series. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

  22. JaneEllen says:

    Will never look at shoe stretchers the same (if I can ever find any that is). So doggoned clever, cute and inventive. Leave it to you Sarah. Love these, so handy also. I’d probably need a marker to remember what plant was what, duh. Senior moments are the pits, lol. Love colors you chose.. Could use shorter ones for fairy garden
    Have wonderful rest of week

Trackbacks

  1. […] DIY Toadstool Herb Markers using Vintage Shoe Stretchers […]

  2. […] DIY Toadstool Herb Markers using Vintage Shoe Stretchers […]

  3. […] DIY Toadstool Herb Markers using Vintage Shoe Stretchers […]

  4. […] My Upcycled Herb Garden, Part 3: Shoe Stretchers by Sadie Seasongoods […]

  5. […] DIY Toadstool Herb Markers using Vintage Shoe Stretchers […]

Have a question or like what you see? Please let me know!

%d bloggers like this: