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!
The first step involved adding hooks/clips to the handles so that I could attach the chain. I bought two carabiner/spring hooks at Lowe’s and clipped one to each handle.
To keep each carabiner “locked” in place, I used 16-gauge 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.
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.
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?
And there it hangs in all its cutesy glory. Notice Cottonball eyeballing it from the doorway!
I am LOVING my little colander planter and may need to upcraft another one.
Until next time…