Independence Day Decor in a Vintage Colander / Metal Colander

Independence Day Decor in a Vintage Colander / Metal Colander

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 colander, the kind with a star design? And then use it as Independence Day decor?

You can still find these old metal colanders at thrift stores from time to time. Too lightweight to be upcycled into a hanging planter (like I did here), but perfect for future patriotic centerpieces, right?

Vintage colander or metal colander to be upcycled into Independence Day decor and unique centerpieces by Sadie Seasongoods

That star pattern was just begging to be embroidered in red, white, and blue…

Upcycling ideas for metal colander or vintage colander with star pattern or star design by Sadie Seasongoods

It seemed like the perfect time to upcycle this metal colander / vintage colander into Independence Day decor. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Fourth of July Crafts on a Vintage Colander

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 good enough, so I purchased some baker’s twine instead. The red and white would set off PERFECTLY against the blue!

Painting a metal colander and using the bakers twine to embroider the star pattern as fourth of July crafts by Sadie Seasongoods

Embroidering the stars was easy- and there are plenty of ways I could have gone about it! But I ended up using a back stitch to get the full effect…

Embroidering a vintage colander with Bakers Twine for Independence Day decoration ideas and 4th of July crafts by Sadie Seasongoods

After watching a few episodes of a favorite TV show, I finished embroidering the entire colander!

Fourth of July crafts or 4th of July crafts with embroidery on a vintage colander using bakers twine by Sadie Seasongoods

Now I could further transform my vintage colander into a patriotic centerpiece for Independence Day decor!

Independence Day Decor with a Vintage Colander

To bring my upcycling idea to life, 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 as my vase fillers. I also spray painted them in red, white, and blue.

Vase fillers that have been painted in red white and blue to use as Independence Day decoration ideas in a metal colander by Sadie Seasongoods

Filling the vintage colander wasn’t enough, though. It still needed something else.

Filling a vintage colander or metal colander with vase fillers for Independence Day decor and 4th of July crafts by Sadie Seasongoods

I needed to add height to the patriotic centerpiece. And some vintage miniature flags (desk flags), would be the perfect addition!

Desk flags to go inside the metal colander with vase fillers for Independence Day decoration ideas and fourth of July crafts by Sadie Seasongoods

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

They worked PERFECTLY in my patriotic centerpiece / Independence Day decor!

Independence Day decor in a vintage colander that was embroidered with bakers twine with vase fillers and desk flags by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

I never would have guessed that embroidering a vintage colander with bakers twine would be such a fun and festive 4th of July craft, but it really was!

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for Independence Day decor, then you’ll love this trash to treasure and American flag wall art project, too!

Trash to treasure and American flag wall art that started as broken table or cane furniture on the side of the road by Sadie Seasongoods

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!

  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!

  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.

  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!


  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

  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!

  32. Oh how fun! Perfect patriotic craft for the holiday’s. Love how you embroidered the stars with the twine.


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