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How to Make a DIY Hanging Colander Planter

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Happy Spring y’all! Fall is my favorite season, but spring comes in a close second. I don’t care for all the spring storms that go along with Texas territory, but I do love all the vibrant colors, the flowers popping back up, cool days, and getting everything fresh and clean for spring time.  
This year I really want to work on brightening up our front entryway and back yard with lots of different colors. It’s amazing how colors can change your mood in an instant. I love potted plants, so when Walmart asked me to spruce up my outdoor area with items from their garden department I knew I wanted to do something fun and different.


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).

Once the primer is dry you can paint the colander with a color of your choosing. I picked Rust-oleum’s American Accents Ultra Cover in Berry Pink. Since it is 2X the coverage I only added one coat of paint. Let the colander completely dry and finish with a clear coat spray to seal and protect the paint. Let the colander dry overnight before planting.  


Now it’s time to start assembling our planter. You will need potting soil, flowers, plants or a few herbs, coffee filters or burlap fabric, chain or twine and flower pot hooks. I chose to use flowers in my planter, so I chose petunias and marigolds for my new planter. 

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.

 
Once the filters are in place add about 1 inch of potting soil over the coffee filters. Now you can start adding flowers or plants, and then cover with more soil to hide the coffee filters. You can place your new planter on a table or you can choose to hang the colander with flower pot hooks and a chain or twine to create a hanging plant option.

I found a package with 20 feet of Jack Chain which is more than enough. I used flower plant hooks and a single all purpose hook to hang the planter. I found the jack chain and the hooks back in the hardware department. You can also use twine if you want to go that route instead of chain and tie it from the colander handles.

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. 

For fun I also added a .97 decorative solar light that I found in the Garden Center to light up my planter at night. Total cost for this spring gardening project was approximately $27.

Now my front entry way in complete! Also pictured is my DIY Terra Cotta Tiered Planter from last year on the bottom left and still looks as good as new. What spring garden projects are you working on?

DIY Hanging Colander Planter 


1 – 5 quart metal or stainless steel colander
1/4 – cup great value white vinegar or deglosser 
sponge (to apply vinegar)
1 – 12 oz can Rustoleum Ultra Cover primer
1 – 12 oz can Rustoleum Ultra Cover paint (Berry Pink)
1 – 12 oz can Rustoleum Ultra Cover Matte Clear Cover 
5 – coffee filters or a circle of burlap
small bag potting soil
flowers or plants of your choosing
1 – package jack chain or twine 
4 – 3 inch flower pot hooks or S hooks
1 – small swivel hook or all purpose hook to hang planter
1 – all purpose solar light, optional


 
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