No Strain to Hang- Vintage Colander Planter

No Strain to Hang- Vintage Colander 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.

Enter the cute, vintage colander.

You may (or may not!) recall my Shotgun post about Charlotte, NC well, on that pickin’ trip, I had found my little 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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

Perfectly functional and definitely cute!

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.

Until next time…

Craft on!


PIN ME! Upcycle and Repurpose an enamel colander into a hanging flower basket planter by Sadie Seasongoods /


  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!

    • 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!

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

  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

    • 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!

    • 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

    • says:

      Thanks, Vickie! I hope you enjoy some of my past posts and perhaps some future ones, too! I’m really active on facebook ( 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

  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!

  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

  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!


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