Vintage Enamel Colander Hanging Planter

15 Minutes

An old enameled colander that is too rusty to use in the kitchen is PERFECT for repurposing as a DIY hanging planter. Click HERE for my full blog post and all the DIY details!
I kept seeing these wonderful vintage enameled colanders in antiques stores and vintage shops, and thought "Wouldn't that make a wonderful planter?". I mean, it has built-in drainage holes!
After finding the perfect one for the perfect price, I set about repurposing it. First step- I clipped a carabiner to each handle.
To keep the carabiner locked in place, I secured it with heavy gauge craft wire. This way, it won't slide around and will stay in an upright position.
Before adding soil and flowers, I added a layer of cheese cloth. Why? It won't impede the drainage, but it'll help keep soil and roots from poking through. Click HERE for my full tutorial and additional DIY details!
After adding potting soil and flowers, I clipped a length of chain to each carabiner, end to end, and hung it from my front porch. Isn't it lovely? And I have a GREAT pro tip for hanging it on my blog- be sure to check out how I ensure even sunlight for my planter!

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1 question
  • Vre28112441
    on Sep 18, 2017

    Instead of cheesecloth, I have some old, runny pantyhose. Would that do?
    • Barb VanOsdell
      Barb VanOsdell
      on Jun 29, 2020

      I’ve been planting colinders for years. Instead of cheesecloth I use a few coffee filters. Works perfect to keep soil and roots inside the container.

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  • Carey
    on May 17, 2019

    This is a lovely idea, I think rather than a hanging planter, I would like to put it on a Pedestal, maybe a 6" Piece of PVC Pipe as the pedestal, placed over a fence post so that it won't fall over! : )

  • Stolzy
    on Jul 20, 2020

    This is a great idea. I've got 2 old ones with the old star pattern.

    I've used coffee filters and have had no problems.

    Thsnk for the great idea.

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