Vintage Kitchen Strainer Birds Nest for Spring

I just got the greatest stash of vintage kitchen items in the world and I couldn't wait to get started repurposing it! 
Vintage Kitchen items

Deep inside this box of the most perfectly rusted and chipped vintage kitchen items were a few small old strainers. 

I set my sights on up-cycling these treasures first. 

I just love working with vintage kitchen items, you can read about several I made by visiting the bold link. 

And see those vintage clothespins? 

They are now my favorite carrots for Easter!!

Vintage Kitchen Strainer Collection

I began by bending each one to a 90 degree angle.  

Next, I grabbed a piece of fence picket I found on the side of the road and cut it to size. 

Picket fence pieces

I painted the board white with a coat of DecoArt chalk paint

I used an old paintbrush and gave it one quick sloppy coat because the next step will be to sand off some of the paint, especially around the edges. 

Painted Picket fence piece painted white

Now I was ready to create a nest. 

I had an old pre-made nest that I stuck into the old strainer with hot glue. 

I added a few neutral colored speckled eggs and a buffalo check ribbon.

Spring nest from vintage strainer

One screw and a little hot glue hold the strainer to the distressed picket. 

vintage strainer with nest and eggs

 How adorable is this nest?!!

vintage strainer with eggs and bow

This was so quick and easy I immediately whipped up another, smaller nest. 

This time I used a flat piece of the picket, painted it white, distressed it and hung a much smaller strainer on the board. 

vintage strainer with a birds nest and overlay

strainer filled with eggs and crinkled paper

This little nest was made with crinkled paper and filled with speckled eggs

I screwed it to the board then covered the screw with the leaf of a speckled egg pick. 

speckled eggs in a strainer

Ya know I'll be making several more and I'm hoping to add them to my Etsy shop soon

You can read about the vintage cheese grater I repurposed by visiting this link.  

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .