Saturday, March 26, 2011

:: Make Do Shoo Fly Screen ::

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! We are getting…….Snow! Our 6 year old son Alex was supposed to have his first soccer game today. The look on his face when we told him it was cancelled…… yep, complete sad face. Hopefully this is the last we will see of the white, fluffy stuff. It isn’t sticking so that is good. But seriously, there are robins everywhere and the trees have green buds!!

I know I have shared a version of this project on my blog before, but just in case you missed it. Here is a new updated version. Some of you may have made these make do shoo fly screens before, but for those of you who haven’t…enjoy! It is an easy fun project!

Start with an antique strainer, I have no trouble finding these at antique shops, Goodwills & even garage sales. None of mine have been very expensive.

MAKE SURE you get a strainer with the removable handle! You do not want to try and remove the kind of handle that is fixed to the strainer! Remember…this is supposed to be an EASY and FUN project! :)


Here it is with the handle popped off


I took a plain wooden knob that I bought at the craft store. Painted, sanded & stained it. I chose green, obviously you can choose any color. I have done red, brown, mustard etc! Any color looks great!


Then, you will want to pre-drill a small hole in the knob, don’t drill too deep or you will drill through the top of it.


Then, using a black screw secure it to your screen in the middle.


And Voilà you have your very own shoo fly screen!


Add a pantry cake underneath, place it on your doughboard or in any primitive display. The best part is that it was an old, antique strainer so it is already wonderfully rusty and worn! No distressing needed!


Here are some other strainers I have used.

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Have fun with it!

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Those last three photos I was having a little fun with photo editing! I added some textures and color effects! Fun to play around with!

I hope you all try this if you haven’t already! Next time you see an old strainer don’t just walk on by it. You can make it into something else! Just make sure it is one with the removable handle!

“It is better to create than to be learned, creating is the true essence of life” ~Barthold Georg Niebuhr

Until next time, take care.



  1. thanks so much for the info..

  2. You are just so smart, I'll have to make one of those. Always wanted to. Just finished working 4 hours, need to relax. I just might do some crafting today or maybe bake something. It is still pretty cloudy here. Boo hoo, where's the sun!!!!!!


  3. Sorry about your snow! Love the shoo fly screen. I have seen them at Goodwill time I'll buy one.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing. Will be on the look out for old strainers. Have a blessed evening

  5. Thank You sooo much for the tutorial..I have always wanted to know how to make one of these..Again..Love your blog..

  6. I have done this and I do love them, as well......

  7. What a cute idea. Thank you so much for sharing. Adorable.

  8. Great idea! Thanks for sharing and the finished one looked so cute. Reading through friend's blogs it looks like many of us are experiencing a return to winter. Not fun, but it looks like everyone is getting a lot of crafting done!

  9. Thanks for sharing! I will have to try this!

  10. Thanks for the tip Sarah! I always see the shoo fly screens but wondered how you guys get the handle off. Hahaha, I'm such a nut... I didn't realize some of them have removable handles. Now I will have to inspect them closer as I have passed up MANY of these just in the last month. Thank you!


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