Creative Uses for Old Cowboy Boots Centerpiece. Nobody buys ugly boots, so don't just toss out your beauties because they're old. Planters. A pair of boots sure does make a cute planter! Holiday Decor. Wreaths are so last-year-city-slicker. Birdhouse. Add some fun to your trees and create a new home for the birds. Jewelry. Wall Cross. Mirror. Purse.