Strainer Planter Wind Chimes


I have always had a thing for wind chimes, and I also love hanging planters. So I thought why not combine the two?
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I repurposed a plain metal strainer and measuring spoons that I found at the thrift store to make a planter that also plays beautiful music in the sweet summer breezes.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Here are my supplies: A large metal strainer, metal measuring spoons, key rings, dog leash chain, measuring tape, sharpie, drill with a metal drill bit, and spray paint.
UPDATE: I used 1" single key rings, not double. Double key rings might not be flexible enough to get through the holes in the strainer.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
I spray painted the bottom of the strainer with the Rustoleum Lagoon turquoise paint. I taped off the handles because I wanted them to stay the natural metal. The bottom and the inside were kept natural as well.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Then I drilled 3 sets of 2 holes into the rim of the strainer to feed the key rings through so I could hang the planter with the leash chain, which I took apart making 3 equal pieces for hanging. Before I drilled the holes I marked the spots with my Sharpie.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Then I made more hangers out of the leash chain, and attached the measuring spoons to the bottom of the strainer using key rings.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
I put a small piece of plastic just on the bottom of the planter where my chimes are hanging. There's still plenty of drainage through the holes on the sides. Then I lined the planter with some spare cocoa fibre that I had, filled it with potting soil, and planted it with some plants that hadn't found a pot yet.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
I added a sweet little stained glass angel at the top. Her dangling heart says Follow Your Dream.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Then I added a little bling in the centre of the measuring spoon chimes with a large chandelier crystal, just because I love a little bling... and it really does sparkle in the sunlight.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
And here's the finished strainer planter wind chime.
strainer planter wind chimes, container gardening, flowers, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Here it is in my garden. Now we're not only enjoying a hanging basket of flowers, but the lovely sound of the chimes as well.
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Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

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  • Darla Jones Council
    on Apr 5, 2016

    I can't wait to make one of these! How did you take apart the dog leash? Did you have to cut the chain? Thanks!

  • Debbie Sullivan
    on May 7, 2017

    I sprayed my strainers & the paint is peeling off then. what should I do?

    I was maiking them for Mother's Day gifts. Help please

    • Vickie Benak
      on Feb 26, 2018

      Ais your strainer metal or plastic. Paint won't stick well to plastic. Get a spray paint for outdoor use that can be used for metal.

  • Che12551215
    on Sep 7, 2017

    I LOVE wind chimes and would love to try making this one so, I have a LOT of old butter knives that are no longer needed, could you use just these to make the chimes or should they vary?

    • Cathy Waterstradt
      on May 15, 2018

      It would even be cool to just mix it up and have a variety of eating utensils that are stainless steel. Just another idea. But I would kinda be afraid to use a knife as if it was to come off it may hurt someone. Just a thought also. Especially if u have small ones around.

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  • Tammy
    on Apr 21, 2017

    so cute am goring to try this

  • Lorraine
    on Jun 15, 2017

    Love it!!! I too love windchimes and will definitely try this idea with the strainer. Great job!!

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