When your old metal colander is worn out and no longer useful for cooking, don't throw it out - repurpose it! Here are just six ideas to get you started…..
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1. Planter or hanging basket An old colander makes an ideal planter or hanging basket, as it looks pretty and already has holes in for drainage. You can easily attach chains to the handles to hang it up, then fill with soil and plant some pretty flowers in it. Remember to water it frequently during hot weather.
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2. Lantern Pop a tea light candle or a small battery-powered bulb inside the colander and a beautiful diffuse light will glow through the holes. This works particularly well with colanders that have holes in pretty patterns, such as stars or flowers. You might also want to give the outside of your colander a quick coat of paint to enhance the decorative effect.
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3. Fine motor skills toy for babies and toddlers A small child can spend many happy hours trying to thread uncooked spaghetti or laces through the holes in an old colander. This will not only keep them occupied whilst you cook or clean in the kitchen but also help them develop hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills.
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4. Dressing up helmet or hat Turn the colander upside and it immediately becomes a helmet! Add a few decorations – flowers, ribbons, sparkly pipe cleaners, pom poms, feathers, whatever takes you or your child’s fancy! – threaded through the holes and you have a crazy dressing up hat. Hours of fun, first in making the hat and then in wearing it….
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5. Fruit bowl A colander that is worn out can still make an attractive bowl in its own right – use it to display fruit or interesting vegetables on your dining table or kitchen surfaces.
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6. Percussion instrument If you can stand the noise, give a small child a wooden spoon and an old colander and they will have an instant percussion instrument! They can experiment with the different sounds they can produce on different areas - handle, bottom, sides - or with different beaters - for example, they could try a metal spoon instead of a wooden one. Noisy but a lot of fun!
Can you think of any other ways to use an old colander? I would love to hear about them – just leave a comment on the right!