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More and more folks seem to have gluten allergies these days, and when many people go on diets, carbs are the first thing they shun. I can’t help but think of all the lonely pasta strainers and colanders out there, sitting in cabinets, getting dusty. Luckily, there are lots of inventive ways to reuse these kitchen tools, as my Internet sleuthing and Pinterest search revealed. If you have an old or unused pasta strainer at home, give it new life with one of these ideas.

colander planter

This succulent seems even more exotic when peeking out of an old strainer. (And what happens when you need to water it, you ask? Designer Justina Blakeney says she just takes it outside!)

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hanging pasta strainer planter
Prefer a hanging planter look? You can still use a pasta strainer, like the one I spotted on The Micro Gardener. The strainer’s handles are perfect for attaching chains to keep it aloft and the holes are both stylish and functional for drainage.

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colander centerpiece
If you love flora but don’t want to go the planter route, you can achieve a similar effect by using a strainer as a simple centerpiece instead. The cut daisies in this plain metal number on Family Chic have a laid-back country charm.

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colander lamp

No worries if you have a black thumb — you can get on the pasta strainer train by making your own pendant lamp. With a wiring kit and the right tools, this project from Shelterness couldn’t be easier. (Or try one of these variations via Instructables and Craftzine.)

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pasta strainer wind chime
Enjoy the last gasp of summer with a handmade wind chime. This Home Made Simple example uses a pasta strainer and old flatware as the chimes for double the repurposing power.

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Which pasta strainer craft do you love even more than carbs? And are there any household items you’re wondering how to repurpose? Leave your best MacGyver suggestions in the comments below!

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11 Responses

  1. Sarah Murphy says:

    I'm inspired. I'm lovin' that wind chime. Looks quaint and charming.

  2. della b. says:

    the green pasta strainer is so vintage looking, they all are

  3. Elizabeth Crawley says:

    Brilliant ideas. How do people think of these things? I love the strainers.

  4. Abby says:

    Pulling out my old strainer today and putting a plant in it!

  5. Gail S. says:

    That light fixture is the coolest thing.

  6. Love these ideas! But sorry folks, I'm NEVER giving up my pasta strainer — I love pasta way too much! :)

    I did, however, recently have a similar idea for vintage bean pots. Because let's face it, who uses bean pots anymore?! http://www.redlinevintage.com/products/vintage-bl

  7. pixelecho69 says:

    The light fixture is so adorable love the country cottage look and white works for me.

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