Retro Strainer Planter

Happy Wednesday everyone! We had a glorious day of sunshine and soccer….and in the midst of shuffling and basking, I found some time to putter, so I thought I’d share. I found this awesome retro red strainer at the Goodwill Outlet a while ago and just had to grab it…who could resist this color??

Time: 1 HoursCost: $15Difficulty: Easy
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This red is so aesthetically pleasing! I couldn't wait to do something creative with it!!

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Since it was pretty rusty on the bottom of the strainer, I took it to the garden. :)

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So, I gathered my supplies and attacked it with my old plastic shopping bag trick (to keep the water inside with the soil and not flowing out of my cute strainer holes).

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I decided that I would keep in the theme and go for a kitchen plant to add to my kitchen decor.  This happy basil plant was muy perfecto!  I mean, doesn’t this red strainer scream spaghetti and meatballs??

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First step was to tuck in my plastic bag. In with the potting soil and plant…just remember to tuck the edges of your plastic bag beneath the soil line just a scosh….no revealing your underlining

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Whoops…looks like my bag is showing…gotta run to the store tomorrow for a tad more soil.  Regardless, my strainer is a super cute planter destined for my outdoor table (gotta get some sunshine for this happy basil plant).
I love unusual planters!  I’d love to see some of your ideas, too!  Oh, and have fun Zesting in the garden this weekend!

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    • Brenda  S.
      Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
      on Mar 9, 2017

      This is such a cute idea!

      • MadameRã
        MadameRã Australia
        on Mar 10, 2017

        I like this idea as i have done pretty much the same thing b4...Though i went looking @ op shops to get old different shaped strainers, some small pots of enamal paints using 3 colours,then with make-up sponges blended the colours into a marble affect(Looks great too)... *only paint the outside & wipe off any colours that might go through holes on the inside immediately; though when painting i did line the inside with cling film which really helps...& always wear disposable gloves as you don't want to clean ones paws with chemicals....
        •I made three for under 10 dollars; thats all product costs,including the strainers which were 50 cents each @ op shops...
        AND YES you are right, they are lovely for growing herbs... Lil'Tip.. I even finger knitted the 3 blend colours with old wool & lace scraps(from op shop),& tied them on one of the strainers sides & created a hanging lead, so it can be hung from the roof near the kitchen window....
        Great job all the same:)))