When I found an aqua colander at the Goodwill Pound Store, I knew it was going to be a planter. The color was perfect, it wasn’t food safe because of the charming rust, and drainage was built in. Plus, I had this ugly plastic pot begging to be put out of the neighbor’s misery. Really I don’t think it’s that bad. The green blends in and helps the plant look full. I know it looks scrawny in places, but thanks to Miracle Grow it was quite healthy. Certainly it was better than the grass, which is my husband’s job. We’re stereotypical like that, and it’s been working for us for 20 years.
After I got the two close together I found the colander was quite a bit shallower than the plastic pot, but my plant needed all of that soil. I Googled and found out that I could use my burlap scraps to extend the sides but would probably need to water even more. This sits out in full sun in Florida. I was watering once a day, so I started watering morning and evening most days. Here you can see a better view of the plastic pot and how deep it is along with my beautiful foil window treatment. Migrainers R Us.
Putting the Planter Together
I used scraps of burlap to line the colander before transferring the plant. Before repotting, I wet the burlap. I’m not sure if it helped, but it might have kept the burlap from moving around as much.
Being thrifty, I used colorful clothesline from Dollar Tree to craft a hanger. Basically, it’s 2 long pieces of cord with the middle of each piece wrapped around the colander handles. I left a long strip then wrapped cord around the handle, leaving another long strip. I did the same thing on the other side then took all 4 ends, made a loop and knotted them. Then I trimmed the ends. Before tightening I held it up to make sure it was hanging evenly and made adjustments. I wouldn’t bother this step again, but I added wire from Dollar Tree and wrapped the clothesline around it. The clothesline is synthetic and seems very strong. This hanger held all summer and fall (flowers bloom in fall here) and is going strong this year.
The Cost Breakdown
- Colander $2.25
- Clothesline – 0 – craft stash
- Wire (unnecessary) – 0 – craft stash
- Burlap scraps – 0 – leftover pieces from a project
Total $2.25 for the colander with everything else from supplies on hand
And it matches my pallet wood sign! The thrifted birdhouse hangs on the hook when the flowers
die are out of season. Honestly, I wasn’t planning to blog this picture when I took it, and it’s been raining for days on end. I’m not even going to pretend that I’m ashamed my porch has a sprinkling of leaves and mulch. I’m kind of proud that with absolutely zero attention to this detail it didn’t have more.
This thrifted colander planter has to be one of the easiest upcycles ever! And can I admit that I love it’s front and center for my neighbors to see? A bit of that is subversion waiting for the homeowner’s association to complain. My friend got the mark on her permanent record over her pallet flag.
What do you think of using upcycled or thrifted pieces in gardens and landscaping? Do you have any favorites or any examples where it crossed the line to dreadfully tacky? Sound off and let’s compare notes!