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 Strainer Birds Nest for Spring

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 for Repurposing
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 for a birds nest Spring decoration
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 pieces for a birds nest Spring decoration
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 decoration using a vintage Kitchen strainer and a birds nest
One screw and a little hot glue hold the strainer to the distressed picket. 
DIY Spring decoration using a vintage Kitchen strainer and a birds nest
 How adorable is this nest?!!
DIY Spring decoration using a vintage Kitchen strainer

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. 

Speckled egg spring decor using an old strainer
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. 

Repurposed Speckled egg spring decor using an old 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.  Please sign up for the Homeroad emails so I can send my latest DIY tutorial straight to you. 


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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. .