Mark Rayner turns an old aluminium kitchen colander into the ideal hanging planter for a handy clump of herbs near the kitchen window.
You will need: A 5mm snap hook, 3mm galvanised chain, clean cloth, an old aluminium kitchen colander, fine sandpaper, pliers, paintbrushes, including an artist’s brush and a polythene planter bag to fit the colander (ours was a pb 6.5), latex gloves, Selleys multi-purpose Knead it, good-quality potting mix and 3 parsley plants (other herbs such as coriander, chives and thyme could be used as well), Resene Concrete Clear, Resene Quick Dry, Resene Smooth Surface Sealer and Resene Testpots in Resene Alabaster, Resene Riptide and Resene Wild Thing.
Top tip: If your colander doesn’t have a handle, simply drill three equidistant holes around the edge and hang with galvanised wire or chain.
Lightly sand the colander with fine sandpaper and remove any sanding dust with a clean cloth.
Wearing latex gloves, mix a little Knead it epoxy putty, following manufacturer’s instructions.
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the colander and allow two hours to dry.
Apply two coats of Resene Riptide to the inside and outside of the colander, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Paint the centre of each daisy with two coats of Resene Wild Thing, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
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