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From the kitchen to the patio

Updated: Aug 4, 2019

Turn your kitchen colander into a beautiful planter to hang outside your kitchen window or patio door. There are several different types of colanders.


I used a colander I had around the house, but you could add flowers to a painted colander.

Here is what you will need (Got off internet but not sure where)

1 - 5 quart metal or stainless steel colander (Cheaper than getting a decorated one at the store like I had.)

1/4 - cup great value white vinegar, alcohol, or de-glosser

sponge (to apply vinegar or alcohol)

1 - 12 oz can Rustoleum Ultra Cover primer -

1 - 12 oz can Rustoleum Blue Ultra Cover paint 1 - 12 oz can Rustoleum Ultra Cover Matte Clear Cover

5 - coffee filters or a piece of burlap

small bag potting soil

flowers or plants of your choosing 1 - flower pot hanging kit (garden department) or see note below

To paint the colander you will need to do a bit of prep work first. Since it's a metal colander you will need to wipe the surface first with white vinegar or use a store bought deglosser. The vinegar cleans the surface, removes any oily residue, and makes paint peeling less likely.

Let the colander completely dry before priming. Now it's time to add the primer. Spray one coat of primer all over the colander (inside & out). Make sure to let the primer dry according to the directions on the can (I let the primer dry about 2 hours before painting).

Once the primer is dry you can paint the colander with a color of your choosing. I used Rustoleums 2x the coverage paint, so I only added one coat. Let the colander completely dry (per directions on paint can). At this point you can paint on flowers or other decoration. After that dries finish with a clear coat spray to seal and protect the paint. Let the colander dry overnight before planting.

Line the inside of the colander with coffee filters or cut a circle out of a piece of burlap fabric. The coffee filters or burlap will help hold the soil in the colander while still allowing for adequate drainage. You can also add rocks as well on top of the burlap or filters, but that's optional.

Once the filters are in place add about 1 inch of potting soil over the coffee filters. Now you can start adding flowers or plants, and then cover with more soil to hide the coffee filters. Don't forget to water your plants or flowers. You can place your new planter on a table or you can choose to hang the colander (see directions above) with flower pot hooks and a chain or twine to create a hanging plant option.

Note: If you are unable to find the flower pot hanging kit you can use: 1 - package chain , 4 inch flower pot hooks or S hooks & one small swivel hook or all purpose hook to hang the planter


There was no rim to drill a hole, so I pulled a tie through a hole, closed it tightly and then attached a planter s ring to the tie.

I added two more ties evenly spaced from the first tie, and used two more S rings. Then I attached chains the same length to the S rings.

I attached all three chains to one S ring and hung it up after I planted the flower.




Flowers for the humming birds.


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