Do you enjoy having some whimsy in your gardens? I certainly do! Making unique pieces for garden decorating is so much fun, and these repurposed folding steamer or strainer flowers are pretty easy to put together.
I was super excited when I saw that our July Thrifty Chicks project challenge was kitchen items because I love playing with and repurposing all kinds of kitchen stuff.
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On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun.
Last month’s challenge was chairs, and if you missed it you can still check out my Repurposed Chair Bird Feeder.
I can’t wait to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s kitchen item project. There are links to all their fabulous projects at the end of this post so be sure to check them out.
How to Make Repuposed Folding Strainer Flowers
I love these metal folding strainers. Around here I find them for 25 or 50 cents each at my regular thrift stores.
After I took this picture I found one more strainer to use. The more the merrier.
I’ve always thought they kinda looked like flowers, but never really thought about making them into strainer flowers until this challenge came up.
I was collecting them for another project idea, but one day I was sitting looking at them and poof… the idea was born.
The feet came off easily just by twisting them back and forth with bent nose pliersuntil they popped out.
Some of the strainers also had a rod-type handle in the top centre spot and that came off easily too.
How to Spary Paint Repurposed Folding Strainer Flowers
I do all my spray painting in a cardboard booth that I made in our portable garage. In the winter it’s filled with firewood, but in the warm months it’s my fancy schmancy painting studio.
I use a lazy suzan covered with paper for smaller projects like this.
I do the fronts…
… and then the backs. With this one folded in the shape I want it to stay in.
I gave the strainers 4 light coats of paint, which holds the strainer folding parts in place.
Especially the centre part. First I laid this strainer out flat and painted both the top and the bottom. Then I folded it like this, which is how I wanted it to stay, and gave it 4 coats of paint.
How to Assemble Repurposed Folding Strainer Flowers
For finishing my flowers I used stainless steel tablespoons that I hammered flat, Marine GOOP adhesive , and 3 screws and nuts.
I used the 2 short screws to hold together 2 two part strainer flowers, and the longer one for the main three part strainer flower. You’ll see what I mean in a minute.
Just like my Garden Art Dish Flower I’m using tablespoons as hangers. I used the Marine Goop adhesive to attach the tablespoons onto the backs, just above where the screws come through.
The painter’s tape is so the spoons don’t move while the glue cures for 24 hours. The tape can be removed after an hour, but it doesn’t hurt to leave it there.
How to Enjoy Repurposed Folding Strainer Flowers
And here they are in my front yard hosta garden.
We have quite a few different hostas, which we grow for their foliage, and these strainer flowers add some fun pops of colour to this shade garden.
I spray painted some leftover pipe parts from an old deck swing green for the stems. They should be put into the ground a good 8-10 inches to protect from the wind.
Here’s what they look like from the back.
For the centre of this flower I used a red knob from a vintage biscuit cutter. The long screw, which I spray painted red, goes right through the cutter, the 3 strainers, and out the back.
At the back the screw is secured with a nut, and that holds the whole thing together.
For this flower I used a metal flower shaped candle holder, which I spray painted Magenta, for the centre. I drilled a hole into it first and used one of the smaller screws and nuts to secure it.
Once the flower was tight I glued a faux pearl from a broken vintage stud earring into the centre.
This flower got a simple Lagoon painted wooden cabinet knob as its centre. The hole in it was big enough so I just glued it in place over the screw.
Even though I used five different colours to make my strainer flowers I think they look good together because of the yellow, which kinda unifies them.
Making these strainer flowers is a great way to use up bits of leftover spray paint.
They can be painted in contrasting colours like mine, or shades of the same colour would be lovely too.
The possibilities are really endless, and the cost won’t strain your budget. haha ( Sorry I couldn’t resist). 🙂
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Now be sure to check out what my friends did with their kitchen item projects.
Here are the befores.
Just click on the links beside the blog names to see the fabulous afters.
1 Shoppe No. 5 – DIY Kitchen Cabinet Door Into Towel Holder
2. Adirondack Girl at Heart – Christmas in July Kitchen DIY Project
3. Just the Woods – How To Make A Coffee Bar Sign
4. Lora B. Create & Ponder – Sewing Machine Drawer Kitchen Organizer
5. The Interior Frugalista – DIY Silverware Wind Chime
6. Little Vintage Cottage – What To Do With a Collection of Random Kitchen Do-Dads
7. Thrifty Rebel Vintage – That’s mine.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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