In case you missed my guest post over at Blue Cricket Design on Thursday…
My top choice to share with you today is (sadly) still in my garage unfinished. I haven’t had a decent day of spray painting weather yet! Stay tuned for that. Luckily, I had a back up plan.
So, let’s get on with the strainer hanging planter!
My original idea was to use actual thrifted metal strainers, but I came up empty handed . So, I picked all up these at my local Dollar Tree. I only ended up using one of the hanging baskets, so you’re looking at $3 plus spray paint and 3 tiny pieces of wire for the grand total on this project!
First, we need to remove the handle from the smaller strainer. It was on there pretty good, so I used a saw.
(OK, so that’s actually my 9 year old posing for the picture…she was safe, I swear!)
I took a little sand paper and smoothed off the edges where I’d cut.
Next, remove your chains from that hanging basket. Use the basket to mark where the chains will attach to your big strainer.
Transfer those marks to the small strainer, too.
Drill holes where you just marked both strainers. I made them along the rim instead of on the body of the bigger strainer so it would be easier to attach the chains later.
You should have 3 holes in each strainer.
Now, we spray paint.
I used a metallic paint so it’d look like actual strainers. I think other colors would be cute, too. I painted the chain as well.
Next, I cut 3 small pieces of wire and bend them in half. I counted down each chain an equal number of links and stuck the wire through.
I stuck it through to the inside of the small strainer.
And then opened the wire up wide, like a brad.
Clip the bottom of the chains to the big strainer, and you’re ready to plant!
I love pansies (and it was still early March when I made this so it was about all you could find at the garden center).
I think this would be darling with some hanging/creeping type plants, too. Or, filled with herbs…keeping it all in the cooking family!