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!

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

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3 of 4 questions
  • Ornithic Ornithic on Feb 05, 2016
    Does water drain freely through the landscape fabric or do I have to poke some drainage holes in it first?

  • Tina Guhr Tina Guhr on Feb 05, 2016
    When you water it, does the water come out of the colander holes?

  • Jean Rye Jean Rye on Dec 04, 2016
    what is the name of the plant in the collander


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  • Stacey O Stacey O on Apr 05, 2016
    Did this two years ago with succulents. Once it filled out, it was super cute.

  • Stephanie 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!