Vintage Enameled Colander Hanging Basket Planter

Vintage Enameled Colander Hanging Basket Planter

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I am a sucker for vintage kitchen goodies- gadgets, hand towels, salt-and-pepper shakers, you name it! And when we bought our house last summer, the front porch had a hook in the ceiling, just begging for a hanging basket to be hung. And in true Sadie Seasongoods fashion, I decided to build one using something salvaged.

Why not sure a darling vintage enameled colander? I see them all the time in antiques shops…

Vintage enameled colander at antique store to be repurposed as DIY hanging basket planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

SUCH a perfect planter-to-be…

You may (or may not!) recall my Shotgun post about Charlotte, NC well, on that pickin’ trip, I finally found a perfect colander…he’s enameled and has some nice weight to him. Perfect for a hanging planter! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage enamel colander to be repurposed as hanging flower basket planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cute Colander! Love that minty green color.

The first step involved adding hooks/clips to the handles so that I could attach the chain. I bought two carabiners/spring hooks and clipped one to each handle. (Two of these quick links would also do the trick- I just love them!)

Attaching spring hooks or carabiners to vintage enamel colander to be repurposed as hanging flower basket planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

For hangin’…

To keep each carabiner “locked” in place, I used jewelry wire to wind around the carabiner and colander handle. Truth be told, I had it on hand and I have no idea how it’ll stand up to watering exposure to the elements. But for now, let’s go with it.

Securing spring locks or carabiners to enamel colander to be repurposed as hanging flower basket planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Locked, but not loaded.

Part of the charm of using a colander as a planter is that it already has holes for soil drainage! But I don’t want potting soil to crumble out over time, so I added a layer of cheesecloth inside the colander before adding potting soil.

Upcycle enamel colander into a hanging flower basket planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like a hairnet for soil.

A length of chain was clipped to each carabiner (I’ll hang it using a link or two on the hook), and then I added potting soil and some annuals (alyssum, in my case). How about that?

Upcycle enamel colander into a hanging flower basket planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfectly functional and definitely cute!

Another year, another planting!

DIY hanging flower basket planter using a repurposed and upcycled vintage enamel colander by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love the spillers!

Pro-tip: To easily ensure that any hanging basket gets sun on all sides, hang it using a swivel hook! Simply turn your basket each day to balance out the light; the hook swivels on its own, making your life far easier!

I am LOVING my little colander planter and may need to upcraft another one. And if you like repurposed DIYs for your yard and garden, please check out all of my outdoors-inspired ideas here.

Prefer a video tutorial? I’ve got you covered! 


Until next time…

Craft on!

S


PIN ME! DIY hanging flower basket planter using a repurposed and upcycled vintage enamel colander by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. valj2750 says:

    I so enjoy your creativity, Sadie.

  2. Clever idea!

  3. I love all things vintage and this looks beautiful! Visiting from Five Heart Home – thanks for sharing and pinning! Hope you have a happy week!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! I think we are like-minded, as I’m a lover of vintage, too!! 🙂

  4. This is such a cute planter! I love the minty color too. Great idea putting the cheesecloth in the bottom too. I’d love for you to link this up to my Creative Ways Link Party when you get a chance!
    Blessings,
    Nici

  5. Thank you for sharing on #TheWeekendSocial ! Loved your blog post! have a great night!
    XoXo
    Heidy

  6. What a cute idea! I see these all the time at Goodwill but don’t want to buy b/c of the rust…now I’ll rethink it! I just did something similar with thrifted glassware for a bird feeder 🙂 Love recycling!

  7. juliaklimek says:

    That’s adorable! I would LOVE to do this! Now I’m keeping my eyes open for some colander. I think the hooks/wire should hold up to the water / elements…. Seriously sooo cute! Will you please come link up at merry monda linky (6pm Sunday PST) ~ I’d love to have you! Julia

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I know I emailed you about this but I’ve added your link party to my weekly calendar!!

  8. I love this idea! Need to find me a vintage colander fast!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      It’s seriously my most favorite project right now- almost too cute for words! I hope you find one soon!!

  9. This is such a cute idea for re-purposing items. I found your blog via Think Pink Sunday and I really like your ideas. Enjoy your creative day! ~ Vickie

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Vickie! I hope you enjoy some of my past posts and perhaps some future ones, too! I’m really active on facebook (www.facebook.com/sadieseasongoods) in case you are, too. 🙂

  10. How cute! I also am a sucker for vintage kitchen gadgets and utensils. Will have to keep this one in mind the next time I go antiquing! Definitely pinning for future reference.

  11. balmtomysoul says:

    What a darling and unique idea!! It just looks adorable on your porch. Thanks for sharing. What a creative planter!!

  12. Crystelle Boutique says:

    Oh my! And to think I got rid of one of my colorful strainers… This is so perfect!!! Love the green color too!! 🙂
    XoXoX Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  13. Snicker snicker on the title- loved it! That’s very cute idea- that’s a cool colander you found!

  14. This is just adorable – love it !!! Think of all the colors you can get these in !
    Hopping over from Gingersnap Craft
    xox

  15. Very cute idea using the colander as a hanging planter. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday Linky Party.

  16. What a smart idea!! It turned out great. I’d love it if you’d linkup to The DIY’ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2014/06/diyers-5.html

  17. That is a great idea! I need to head to Goodwill this week anyways; I will keep my eyes open to make one of these.

  18. This is such a gorgeous planter! What a great use of something old and unloved. You did a great job! We would love it if you linked up with our party this week!

  19. This is super cute! Love this idea! visiting you from inspiration monday link party 🙂

  20. Awesome project! Love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

  21. Love this project and the cheesecloth tip is awesome! Thank you for linking up at The Handmade Hangout! Sharing tomorrow at Redouxinteriors 🙂

  22. So creative! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  23. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  24. Barbara Conley says:

    A diaper works really well in the bottom of the pot. Keeps the dirt moist a lot longer. For flatter pots, use puppy pads. Works like a charm!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Interesting options! No diapers or puppy pads in our house, but I’ll definitely keep those in mind- thank you!

  25. Am wondering if you still use your vintage strainer planter and how the jewelry wire worked long term. Do you have a current photo?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hi, Diane! It’s held up just fine- the purple alyssum photos are from 2014 but the red petunias were just planted last weekend! I do store it in our shed during the cold months, so it doesn’t stay outdoors year-round and it hangs on an open, but covered porch during the Spring/Summer.

  26. Jennifer Van-Alphen says:

    What if the handles have come off?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      They’re bolted on (you can see the bolts in the photo with the cheesecloth) and I’ve used this for years and years, so I’m not worried about it!

  27. Love this idea. How perfect – you don’t have to worry about it ever being too wet. Thanks for sharing on Do It Yourself Link up.

  28. Now this was using your creative brain!! Pinned! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  29. This is so cute. You are so creative.

  30. Very cute!

  31. Great planter idea Sadie! Thanks for joining the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party.

  32. Oh boy, I tried one of these last year and I just couldn’t make it work. I used the same clips you did but it kept tipping. Now I know what I did wrong! I did not secure the clips to the handles. Thanks for this post. I may go back to the drawing board!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It’s definitely an important step!! 🙂 And maybe there’s a prettier way to do it??

  33. JaneEllen Jones says:

    This seems to be my day to lose comments, very annoying. Love this planter idea, will be looking at colanders we have to see what will work til can get to thrift store. No money til next Wed.. our payday. Been having several 5 week months so after too many getting harder to make money last. Expensive to live here, they act like every thing has oil going thru it (Grand Junction, CO, we live few miles west). Not a good place for people living on just their SS. Is place of many wealthy people and we aren’t any of them.
    Always totally enjoy and am inspired by your posts Sarah. Am waiting to get money so I can dye some doilies for that great frame/screened project. Could I use food coloring? Just a thought.
    Have wonderful weekend

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      That’s a good question about food coloring- I’m not sure! Another cheap option might be kool-aid, as crazy as that sounds. I’ve seen a new trend of dyeing yarn with kool-aid, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on doilies (assuming the doilies are 100% cotton…if they’ve got poly in them, though, the dye might not take).

  34. I LOVE this! Your enamel colander looks really pretty with those overspilling flowers, and it’s a great way to recycle/upcycle a colander!

    *Maisy

  35. This is such a cute idea and I may have to buy a colander and use it as a planter. Love this!

  36. So cleaver and way cute! Thanks for sharing on Funtastic Friday!

  37. I am definitely trying out your idea for using a colander as a planter. Thank you for sharing.

  38. Oh my goodness! I love the spillers too! We used two of these to grow a variety of lettuce and they looked fab to x

  39. Sarah what a cute video! Love the project. Now if only you can lend me your green thumb!

  40. This is such a cute idea! I’ll be featuring your colander planter at Best of the Weekend tomorrow night!

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