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DIY Decorative Marbled Colanders

By: Ariel Garneau
April 11, 2018

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DIY Decorative Marbled Colanders

Paint pouring is all the rage these days. Between the mix of colours, how easy it is to do, and the cool marbling effect it gives, it's easy to see people are falling in love with it. Given that all of these things describe my own crafting style, it was only natural that I should try the process for myself. If you want to see what else I've done, come check me out over on PMQ for two and explore my project gallery. I made these DIY Decorative Marbled Colanders in anticipation of all the fresh produce in the spring and summer. There's nothing better than bringing back some beautiful finds from your local market, and serving them up to friends and family. Sure, you can use a bowl or a plate, but sometimes it's just easier to wash and server with a colander.

*I do not recommend using these for cooking or food preparation, without properly sealing them using a food-safe sealant.

Items needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - True Ochre
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Poodleskirt Pink
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Cinnamon Drop
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Burgundy Wine
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Silver Sage Green
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Baby Blue
  • DecoArt Pouring Medium 16oz - Pouring Medium
  • Plastic Colanders
  • Aluminium Pan
  • Plastic Cups


Start by pouring each paint colour into a cup (one colour per cup). I didn't pour much to begin with, but as I got into pouring it, I realized I needed way more than I thought. Don't worry, you can always add more.

You'll then add equal parts paint pouring medium to the paint, and mix. I used a straw, which I kept cutting down, in order to mix another colour. It was economical for sure.

While all this is happening, stand up a cup inside the aluminum pan. You'll be resting whatever you're pouring onto, on it. If you just let it sit in the pan the paint will eventually dry with your chosen canvas inside it.

Start pouring! I know some people put everything into one big cup and then tip it over, but I enjoyed being able to layer the colours how I wanted, and do touch-ups as I went.

Repeat with as many colours as you want to use. And then let dry. Because the colander has all these little holes, as it was drying I took a tooth-pick and poked holes to release the paint and free the holes.

I let everything dry over night, and when I came into the studio the next day they were perfectly dry. I sealed them using a dishwasher and food-safe sealant.

As you can see below, I think they turned out perfectly and are a great option for fresh and fun summer entertaining.

Be sure to visit PMQ for two  for more projects and to learn more about Ariel Garneau.


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