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Thrift Store Gardening: DIY Planters

No matter the season, the thrift store always has treasures just waiting to be found! I especially love shopping during gardening season though because the possibilities for planters and garden decor abound. All it takes is a little patience and a wide-open imagination.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $10.00 Difficulty: Easy
I'd been looking for a colander just like this for a while (that's the patience part).

When I finally found it, I snatched it up and poked around for a couple more pieces that would work together to make a planter.

I found this lovely blue candle holder for $2, and a Pfaltzgraff plate for $1. Along with my $2 colander, I had a plant stand in the making for just $5!
I started with a good coat of glue along the top of the candle holder. Gorilla glue is my absolute favorite, and if you want to hear me go on and on about how wonderful it is, just hang around for a while. I love this stuff!
It's a pretty straight-forward process. Next, I centered the plate on the candle holder. It had a nice little handy section right in the middle that made it easy to get it glued right in place.
Finally, I glued the colander onto the plate and let it dry. You probably notice those globs of glue edging out from under the feet of the colander. That's nothing to worry about. After a good cure time (at least 24 hours - this project got about 36) those dried pieces of extra glue were a snap to trim right off with an Xacto knife.
I decided to give this one a coat of primer - mostly because of the paint finish I planned to use. I didn't want to use more paint than I had to because these specialty finishes are not inexpensive. Primer is.
Since the stand will be outdoors, I gave it a clear coat to protect it from the weather.

After the paint was dry, I lined the colander with coco fiber, added some potting soil, and 4 small plants. All done!

I love my little thrifted plant stand that cost just over $10, paint included.

Don't you just love a great thrift store find? All it takes is a little patience and a wide-open imagination. Have fun!

Materials used for this project:

  • Metal colander   (thrift store)
  • Plate   (thrift store)
  • Candle holder   (thrift store)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Jessie
    on May 11, 2017

    Great idea..i have this same colander and I am inspired!

  • Sarune
    Sarune Agawam, MA
    on May 12, 2017

    I am also inspired but I didn't have a luck to find such colander yet! Great job on your planter, pinning from your blog right now

  • Cindy Patrice
    Cindy Patrice Canada
    on May 12, 2017

    You can buy plastic collanders at the dollar store that would probably work just as well as the metal one, and are much cheaper and easier to find. Also will never rust!

  • Eroque022810
    on May 13, 2017

    You really have to think out of the box to get those results. I think the stand was very pretty,although it looked nice when it was red, white and blue as well.

    • To Work With My Hands
      To Work With My Hands
      on May 13, 2017

      That would have been a good arrangement for the 4th of July decorating with some tall red salvia, wouldn't it?

  • Nancy Gramm
    Nancy Gramm
    on May 13, 2017

    Terrific idea! When I was a kid, my sis used a colander just like that to stand on her head. Couldn't do it otherwise.  That's what I always think of when I see one.

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