DIY: homemade lawn aerating shoes

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I shared this picture on facebook earlier today, and it got such a crazy response with tutorial requests, that I thought I’d whip up a little post to share . My hubby just invented these aerating shoes to have our kids help with the lawn work and have fun at the same time! He needed some aeration done, and concocted these aerating shoes. Yes, he’s actually craftier than me!


1/2 inch plywood cut to 3.5×7 inch in size (x2)

8 1 inch nails

bungee cords (or rope)


To make sure the nails wouldn’t back out of the wood, he fastened 1/8 inch particle board as a layer over the back of the nailheads and screwed it in.

Below, he took out one screw so you can see what it looks like on the inside.

I’m thinking we’ll whip up a little flier for the boys to go door to door and offer to aerate any lawns that are interested…a little startup business for them;)

I figure I’ll link up and share this idea to a few of my favorite link parties:

Be Different…Act Normal  Tatertots & Jello  Southern Lovely

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  1. I’m laughing so hard. When I was a kid my grandfather actually hammered nails through his shoes. This would have been much easier.

  2. Suweet!

  3. Norman hill says:

    I think it is great for kids to run their own businesses, it teaches so mny things.

  4. This is so cool! What a great idea from your husband! Thanks for linking up at Show & Share, love your support!

  5. Awesome idea! What kid wouldn’t want to give those shoes a try?

  6. Haha great idea! Not only is it a great way to recycle unused piece of wood just left behind in the storage room, it actually encourages little youngsters to take part in the lawn care process, while having lots of fun at the same time!

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  8. This is a waste of time as you are not aerating anything! The concept of aeration is to remove a core of thatch (the dead layer of organic matter) and soil to allow the stolons to penetrate the void created from the core removal.

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