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Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Made From A Colander Planter

Today I am so thrilled to have Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane fill in for me while I am away.  This lady is not only gorgeous, she is so talented you won't believe all she does.  Crafts, DIY's, Decor Makeovers and Recipes are just a few of her talents.  All rolled into one of the sweetest ladies in all of blogland.  Be sure to go visit her, you will love her blog.



Hello all of you Stroll Thru Life readers, my name is Barbara and I am from a little part of the blogosphere known as


Today I am going to share with you a cute project which is in the April 2015 issue of Country Living magazine. As soon as I saw this I knew it was going to be my next crafty thing to do. To be honest we have been having so much snow here in the northeast lately, that anything even slightly reminiscent of spring is something I am going to be completely drawn to.



Aren't they darling?
And I just happen to have an old colander down in the basement that I haven't used in years! This project is pretty simple...all you need are the following items.


Start with some twine, I used slightly under 2 yards for each handle, and anchor it to one of the the handles of your colander with a slip knot. 


Then holding the knot tight, begin to wrap the handle with twine. As you move along, tighten up the wrapping so there aren't any gaps.


Wrap until the handle is completely covered and then make another slip knot and secure the twine with some craft glue. Now go back and secure the slip knot where you started the wrap with a little dab of glue as well.

Next you are going want to line your colander with some sheet moss so the dirt doesn't slip through its holes. I picked up the sheet moss used here for just a few bucks in the craft section of our local Walmart.


Add your potting soil and then your plants. I wanted to use pansies but couldn't find any, so I went with this pretty yellow plant they had at the supermarket mixed in with the African violets. I also used some simple indoor plant greens and tucked in a little Spanish Moss around the edges to give it a more finished look.


Cut 4 equal lengths of twine, about 24 inches each, and tie 2 lengths to the two sides of each of the colanders handles...


...and then secure them to an "S" hook.
Trim the excess twine to make it look neat.


And that is it!
This project took me all of about 15 minutes to put together and I think the colander is adorable as the planter. 
Perfect for the kitchen and when the weather warms up you can hang it on your porch.


Thank you so much Marty for the opportunity to share with your readers today. And I want to invite your readers to come by sometime and visit me over at 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!!
XO

Isn't this the greatest idea.  I love the idea of using the colander and she uses such a stunning blue and white one too.  Thanks so much Barbara and thanks for the fabulous tutorial.  If you don't already follow
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38 comments:

  1. This truly is darling and very clever Barbara!

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    1. Wish I could take the credit for the idea but it was really cute and fun to make!

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  2. I don't know if I could bring myself to use a colander that beautiful for a planter, but I love this project!! I think I'd find an old rusty one and spray paint it instead :)

    So pretty!

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    1. That colander is over 20 years old and I had actually forgotten I had it! But yes painting an old metal or even plastic would do the trick too! Thanks for your comment!!! :)

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  3. This is so clever and adorable. I always make my daugthers and mother in law something cute for Easter with a plant. Hmmmm I think I may have to make these up for them. Tooo adorable.
    Kris

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    1. Kris I would love to see your twist on this!!!

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  4. This is a daring idea. I've used a colander as a planter before, but never thought of making it into a hanging basket. Very clever.
    Your little yellow plants are primrose. What a touch of sunshine!

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    1. Oh thank you so much for identifying my mystery flowers Sarah! I actually like it both as a hanging basket and as a planter...the colander gives this such a sweet touch!

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  5. So, so beautiful....I have seen this done before and I have loved it.....I am crushing on your gorgeous blue and white colander...I will definitely be on the lookout for vintage colanders!....thanks for the tutorial!!!

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    1. Thank you Shirley! I know I will be looking for more of these colanders this spring at yard sales and such! Thank you for the comment!

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  6. Oh what a great DIY. IT definitely looks Spring with with your pretty flowers in it. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a great week.
    Mary

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  7. Not only is this a beautiful idea, but the colander is just beautiful, too. We are actually having Spring like temperatures the past few days and almost all the snow has melted. Fingers crossed it stays this way now! Thanks for sharing this wonderful project, especially when we are all looking forward to some real flowers outside!

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    1. We have had some major snow melting and the daffodil shoots are about an incg out of the ground. Sping is on it's way here for sure!!! Thank you so much Kathy, for your sweet comment!!

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  8. they have a great decoration, i love your pictures !!! have a nice sunday, love greetings from angie from Germany

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  9. That looks so nice and springy, Barbara, and very defiantly contradictory against that snow in the background. Take that, Mother Nature! :)
    Rita C at Panoply

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    1. LOl!! Rita you are so right!!! I was looking at that background thinking the same thing! A lot less snow here now and just waiting for Mother Nature to start turning the grass green.

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  10. Saw this on Snickerdoodle Sunday and I had to come over and pin it. so cute.

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  11. How cute! LOVE LOVE them. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial.

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  12. First, I LOOOOVE that colander!!! This is so cute, I want to do one right away! The little plant is a promrose and can be planted outside when it warms up. So pretty, thaks for the tutorial.

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    1. Thank you Pinky!!! Oh good I can plant it outside...happy to know! Hope you have as much fun as I did putting this little project together! XO

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  13. Marty thank you again for the opportunity to create a post for your wonderful blog. Hope you are enjoying your time away and have a great week!
    XO Barbara

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  14. What a lovely project! These look super cute and what a nice way to repurpose items that you no longer use. Thank you for sharing this spring inspired project.

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  15. Those colander planters are darling - what a great idea!

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  16. Your colander is gorgeous.! Your inspirations are lovely too. But, yours has that extra bit of Marty love that makes it even sweeter. xo

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  17. This is indeed inspirational! For Culinary Enthusiasts, this is most definitely a requirement. It is amazing how much you can find out about a person by observing their attitude towards plants - a person who would easily let a plant die is said to be someone who wold be terrible to be in a relationship with.

    As such, it is without saying how lucky the people in your lives must be. ^_^ Great photography - btw.

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  18. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing with us at VMG206 Brag About It!

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  19. This is so cute, Barbara!! I love it, and congrats on your feature!!

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