Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends! Hope you have some fun plans for the long weekend ahead, looks to be beautiful weather-wise in New Hampshire. YAY!!! (And it’s about time.) I’m hoping to get some veggies planted in my front beds, pot some plants. This past winter was interminable. Ready to get my hands dirty, soak in some rays. How ’bout you?
This past week was actually a tough one around here. Many extra school activities and Charlie and Hudson were sick all week, making a long week for all. That’s why it was such fun to go to the mailbox, and discover a little “angel” had visited….quietly left surprises on my porch this morning.
Two dozen farm fresh eggs. And, (drumroll please…..) this adorable DIY Colander Flower Planter, just to cheer my day. Wow, did it ever. After being cooped up all week, this pretty and whimsical planter was like a breath of fresh air. Inhale. Exhale. I enjoyed this DIY Colander Flower Planter all afternoon, meanwhile thinking what a great little project this would be for any of you who might like to get your hands dirty with a quick, rewarding project this weekend.
I rang up my little angel and she assured me it was quick and easy. Here’s what you’ll need.
- bright colored colander (Walmart or Target)
- small stones
- Moss (the kind that comes in a flat sheet from a craft store like A.C. Moore)
- Glue gun
- Optional: rope/twine if you want to hang the colander or wrap the handles with twine.
- Optional: American flag
- Using a plastic cup as a guide, trace circles of moss, large enough to cover the sets of holes on the insides of the colander. Cut them out.
- Hot glue the large moss circles around the inside walls of the colander, covering up all the little holes.
- (But don’t cover the holes on the bottom.)
- Place a handful of small stones in the bottom of the colander. (for drainage)
- Fill with dirt and plant flowers.
- Water throughly.
- Use a saucer underneath if your DIY Colander Flower Planter will be used indoors.
- Optional: Wrap colander handles tightly with twine and tie off.
- Optional: Attach twine for hanging.
Hope you enjoy this project!!!
I was reminded of a recent project my friend Karla at Small Town Rambler did, up-cycling her grandaddy’s old ladder into a lovely herb garden. Love what she did, thought it might inspire you too, especially if you have an old ladder hanging around in your shed. Tune in here to learn more: DIY Ladder Herb Garden
So what are you up to this weekend? Got plans? Among all the projects, picnics, barbecues and parades, hope you squeeze in a nap on the hammock. (That’s my dream anyway.) Have a great weekend!!!
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Carina Spring says
How thoughtful of your “little angel” to leave such an uplifting gift. I had not seen this idea before – it really is so lovely and cheerful. Glad to hear that you guys have a long weekend ahead -enjoy! Canadians had it last weekend already, and it rained here and even snowed on Sunday. The good news is that the snow did not stay long and the weather has been beautiful since Monday. 🙂 Take care!
Kimberly @ KimRidge Farm says
What an ingenious idea! Yellow would me my choice of color as well. New item on my shopping list. So beautiful!
Gosh, I love New England. I used to live in Maine and work in Boston. I planted birches on my land this year.
Love this idea! So glad you have a secret angel and you shared her gift and DIY instructions with us! Have a great weekend and Remember all those who have died that we might live freely !
That is too clever by half! Love it! I want to make one! XOXO, especially to the littles, at the Taylors!
Christy Smith says
This is such a clever project! I can imagine your delight at finding it on your porch…all cheery and colorful! What a wonderful idea and possible teacher gift project for end of the year. I just LOVE it! 🙂
Christy – it was a delightful discovery for sure! We’re on the same wave-length, I was also thinking this would make a great teacher gift. You know they sell mini colanders. That would be more cost effective and easy to do a batch. Minis would be so cute too. Have a great Memorial Day weekend with your awesome family. XOXO
Linda Jenkins says
You have such wonderful, clever, crafty friends. (Count me as one of the first two, but certainly not crafty). However, I do love these ideas. I am in the midst of planning a semi-surprise 60th party for my sister. I chose a wine theme because she is “aged to perfection!” Between A.C. Moore and the Christmas Tree Shop, Jenny and I found everything we need to decorate. So, I guess that puts me in the learning to be crafty category. Keep posting, Allie. I am loving the blog.
How adorable. This would be great for a hostess gift, or shower favors too!
Susie Mandel says
How adorable!! And what a sweet angel you have. 🙂
I hope this is the last of the viruses for a long while at the Taylor house! What a very thoughtful friend indeed! You deserved it for sure!!! Very clever. I love the mini idea 🙂 I plan on doing some vegetable planting too this weekend. Have a great weekend!!’
Thank you Tracy. I was so appreciative and it was such a clever idea… just in time to share for Memorial Day weekend. Can’t wait to hear what you planted in your garden.
Aunt Pinkie says
Love this idea and particularly the thought of a mini one! Such a darling and thoughtful cheerier-upper, too!
Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek says
Love the planter idea. Such a creative gift. Glad you have someone looking out for you with thoughtful gifts.
So cute and clever! Thanks for the tutorial!