DIY Colander Planter

15 Minutes

One of my pretty little colanders that I loved for rinsing small berries and veggies started chipping and rusting, and I thought I might have to throw it away until I saw Country Living's April 2015 issue included the cutest DIY Colander Planters. I couldn't wait to finally try this idea myself!
Step 1: Cut out a circle of landscape fabric to put in the colander so dirt doesn't pop out the holes when you water it. I just eyeballed mine and did a little trimming to help it fit.
Step 2: Place flowers {I used Purslane} into colander, knocking off dirt from the bottom if it's too tall to fit. Then sprinkle dirt inside to fill the rest of the planter. I always seem to make such a mess doing this!
Step 3: Cut a LONG piece of Jute string to tie on one corner of the handles, wrap around handle to cover, and knot again. Leave as much excess as you want for the planter to hang, and tie a knot on the opposite corner of the other handle. Repeat wrapping on other handle, knot at the end, and if you have enough left, bring over with enough excess to knot where you first started.
If needed, you can tied another knot in the string above the planter for added security.
Step 4: Put hooks into the ceiling, if needed, and make sure to use drywall hangers to secure hooks that are not screwed directly into a stud. Then water plant and arrange or "fluff up" where you accidentally mangled it trying to plant, and hang for all to see!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Ornithic
    on Feb 5, 2016

    Does water drain freely through the landscape fabric or do I have to poke some drainage holes in it first?

    • Lisa Armstrong-Moorman
      on May 27, 2019

      I used coconut liner from dollar store and because I live in the desert I added a disposable diaper for better water retention.

  • Tina Guhr
    on Feb 5, 2016

    When you water it, does the water come out of the colander holes?

    • Kalynbrooke
      on Feb 5, 2016

      A little bit. That's why we hang them in our lanai so dripping is okay.

  • Jean Rye
    on Dec 5, 2016

    what is the name of the plant in the collander

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  • Stacey O
    on Apr 5, 2016

    Did this two years ago with succulents. Once it filled out, it was super cute.

    , When I first put it together
  • Stephanie
    on Sep 20, 2017

    Love this. I have two beautiful colanders: one that is chipping & one that has lost a handle. I need to copy your idea. Thanks!
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