Star-Spangled Colander Patriotic Centerpiece

Star-Spangled Colander Patriotic Centerpiece

Not too long ago, I posted a photo on my Facebook page that garnered a LOT of attention- an embroidered flower on a vintage mesh strainer. It was gorgeous and unique…and I was immediately struck with an idea of my own. Why not do something similar with a vintage aluminum colander, the kind that is covered in stars??

Vintage star colander for patriotic repurpose by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hello, stars…

With July 4th right around the corner, it seemed as if the stars were aligning (overhead and in my hands)… so I decided to give it a go and create something patriotic with my colander. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

First things first, I needed to paint it- but, red, white, or blue? In a Hallelujah moment, I realized I had all three colors in my spray paint stash…but the blue just spoke to me first- so I gave it a glossy makeover in royal blue. For my embroidery, I decided that plain white twine wasn’t pizazz-y enough, so I purchased some baker’s twine instead.

Vintage star colander for embroidered patriotic centerpiece repurpose by Sadie Seasongoods /

Like where this is going?

Embroidering the stars was easy- and there are plenty of ways I could have gone about it! But this was the design I had in my head…

Vintage star colander for embroidered patriotic centerpiece repurpose by Sadie Seasongoods /

Patriotic perfection!

After catching up on a few episodes of Pretty Little Liars (a guilty pleasure show!), I finished embroidering the entire colander!

Embroidery on a vintage star colander strainer for July 4th by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ta-da! Doesn’t that look festive?

Now, to transform the colander into a centerpiece, I needed the perfect filler. First, I thought about baseballs…but decided against it in the end. After much deliberation- and I mean it, it was causing anxiety!- I decided to use plain/natural rattan spheres, which I spray painted in red, white, and blue.

Baker's twine embroidery on a vintage star colander strainer for July 4th by Sadie Seasongoods /

Now to become a party centerpiece…

Filling the colander wasn’t enough, though- it needed something else.

Embroidered vintage star colander strainer for July 4th patriotic centerpiece by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hmmm…it needs a lil’ somethin’ somethin’…

A-ha!! I had some vintage desktop American flags! Those would add height to my centerpiece, AND they could be stuck inside the rattan balls, which would hold them up!

Vintage American desk flags for patriotic July 4th colander centerpiece by Sadie Seasongoods /

Exactly what my centerpiece needs!

I had actually purchased these (from Etsy) for a now-defunct 2015 project that never came to fruition. I’m so, so glad I didn’t re-sell them because…

They worked PERFECTLY!

Embroidered vintage star colander strainer for July 4th patriotic centerpiece by Sadie Seasongoods /

The final product!

It’s kind of amazing to think about what the colander looked like before- and you see these at just about every antiques shop around! And while this one would have continued to work just fine as a colander, I really LOVE it as a patriotic centerpiece. Before you go, be sure to check out my other repurposed patriotic DIY ideas!

Craft on!


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  1. Super cute and clever. Craft queen strikes again!

  2. This is adorable! The perfect centerpiece for the 4th of July!

  3. How cute this is! I am continually amazed at your talent and creativity.


  4. You are so creative Sarah, this is so unique and different! Love it!

    • says:

      Thanks, Katrin! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner…but better late than never, right? 😉

      • you’re right! That happens to me and then it’s almost like things were made to be used for that special idea! How could they not be! Like this colander!

  5. An awesome idea – love the stars

  6. Very clever! I don’t recall ever seeing a star colander. Love patriotic things, and this one is a winner!

    • says:

      Well, my mom has had this colander for years and never realized the pattern was stars until I made this project. 🙂 So maybe you have seen it and didn’t realize it!

  7. Sarah this is so cute. I have an old stainless colander I never use. What a great idea. I’m checking my spray paint stash right now. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design Link Party #39.

    • says:

      Thank you!!! I can’t tell you how happy I was to have all three colors in my paint stash. It’s the little things..! 😉

  8. Margaret Fretwell says:

    This is such a great idea! I love it!

  9. chris aka monkey says:

    sarah i am a real red,white and blue kinda gal and this is the most awesome original idea i have evr seen love, love it xx

  10. Very clever Sarah!! I love this!!

  11. I love anything in a star colander but you took it to a whole new level with the paint and stitching. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  12. This idea is simply sweet and a true delight! Thank you for so faithfully joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You are a treasured friend.

  13. This is just too adorable. you think of such great ideas.

  14. Sarah, that’s just darling! Plus if it gets a little tired or old, I know you could repurpose it to something else! Thanks for sharing this with us at Throwback Thursday this week!


    • says:

      Thank you so much, Mollie- and you’re right, it could definitely be re-repurposed! 😀

  15. Love this post!! I have the same colander so I really appreciate the Inspiration!!


  16. JaneEllen says:

    No matter what your projects are always love what you do. Embroidering stars on colander is so clever and looks so great, really sets it off..
    Where do you find metal colanders with colors and stars? Have looked and looked with no luck.
    Happy weekend

    • says:

      Thanks, JaneEllen!! I’ve never seen one that was already colorful- that’s why I painted mine. But check on Etsy- search for vintage star colander and you’ll find plenty!!

  17. Sarah, Awesome. You amaze me every week with your creativity! Thanks for sharing your posts with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share.

  18. Very creative and so festive!!

  19. I love this idea – I’m going to look for a colander like that! Would love to have you share on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  20. divaofdiy says:

    This is the cutest! Thank you for linking up to Talk DIY to Me this week! I absolutely love this project!

  21. Aww! This turned out so cute! LOVE it!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for Recipes and Crafts:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  22. Aaaaah this is too cute. And I knew I was saving my Memorial Day Parade flags for a reason. Now off to find myself a cute colander….

  23. I have that colander in my cabinet right now. I use it all the time, probably had it more than 35 years and still use it. I love what you did with yours! Will be sharing on social media. Thanks for partying with us at Merry Monday.

  24. Christine @ Must Love Home says:

    Loved your Patriotic project!!You have been Pinned, Tweeted and Posted to Facebook! Your post will be featured this week at the Friday Favorites Link Party. The party goes LIVE on Thursdays at 7PM at I hope to see your there! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home

  25. This is so awesome! Lovely patriotic inspiration! Thanks for sharing at the #InspriationSpotlight party! Shared

  26. This is great! Your crafts are always on point : )
    Thanks for sharing this on Peace, Love, Linkup! Stop on by tomorrow at 6 and share more great content! : )

  27. I would love to spend a day with you crafting. No doubt I would learn lots. Thanks for sharing your links at Celebrate Your Story.

  28. I love it! You come up with the best ideas for repurposing things. I’ll be featuring you tonight for “Best of the Weekend.”

  29. I am again blown away by your creativity. Super fun idea! Pinned.

  30. sammyapproves says:

    This is so cute and creative. Thanks for joining the Family Joy linky party!

  31. Super Fun!


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