Our front porch needed one more item to pull it all together, so I settled on making a homemade hanging planter. I love the country look, so I chose to create a DIY Hanging Colander Planter. I saw this idea a couple years back, but they used a colander from a garage sale. I didn’t have a spare colander laying around, so off to Walmart I went and purchased a new one.
With a few simple items and some paint before I knew it I had exactly what I wanted. I picked out a bright berry pink to color the colander and chose a mix of petunias and marigolds which paired perfectly inside my planter. I love the pop of color and the pink really brings out the colors on my door wreath.
I have fallen in love with my new planter, and it fits perfectly on my front porch. I’m so glad I finally got around to making this planter. Lets get started and I will show you how to make a colander planter for your patio or backyard. First you will need a new or re purposed colander. I did not have a old colander, so I needed to purchase a new one.
I found a stainless steel colander at Walmart for $6.64. If you do not want to paint your colander you can just use it as is for a shiny look. To paint the colander you will need to do a bit of prep work first. Since it’s a metal colander you will need to wipe the surface first with white vinegar.
The vinegar cleans the surface, removes any oily residue, and makes paint peeling less likely. A store bought Liquid deglosser will also work, but vinegar is cheaper and has less chemicals. Let the colander completely dry before priming.
Primers act as a bridge between the material and the paint, as well as helping the paint adhere to the colander. I sprayed one coat of Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X Primer. Make sure to let the primer dry according to the directions on the can (I let the primer dry about 2 hours before painting).
You can also do all plants if you prefer. Walmarts Garden Center has an excellent selection of plants, flowers and herbs to choose from, so you can’t go wrong. Texas heat can be hot and unbearable, so petunias, marigolds, lantana and begonias seem to tolerate the heat really well, so that’s what I went with.
Line the coffee filters on the inside of the colander or cut a circle out of a piece of burlap fabric. The coffee filters or burlap will help hold the soil in the colander while still allowing for adequate drainage.
Using wire cutters, cut the chain to the desired length you want. I used 3 pieces of chain and 3 hooks. I placed two chains in the back of the planter and one in the front. Gather all the chain together and slide into the last S hook (flower pot hook) and then attach to a small all purpose hook and hang. You can hang your new colander planter on a porch, patio or on a shepherds hood in your flower garden.
DIY Hanging Colander Planter
1 – 5 quart metal or stainless steel colander
1 – 12 oz can Rustoleum Ultra Cover Matte Clear Cover
1 – all purpose solar light, optional
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