Repurposed Strainer DIY Tiered Stand

Can you ever have enough open storage? I know I certainly can’t, and a diy tiered stand is a great way to repurpose some inexpensive thrift store finds.

For me tiered stands are one of the most useful storage solutions because they can be made out of so many different things, which means they can be used in so many different ways.

Today, I’m sharing how easy it is to create a diy tiered stand using just three thrift store items and a few simple tools.

DIY Tiered Stand

diy tiered stand using paper towl holder and strainers

They are two 50 cent metal strainers, one a little smaller than the other, and a $1 wooden counter top paper towel holder.

A paper towel holder like this is perfect for a diy tiered stand project because it unscrews from its base.

Look for the complete list of tools needed for this project at the end of this post.


spray painting paper towel holder white for diy tiered stand

The first thing I did was spray paint the paper towel holder white.


spray painting small strainers pink for diy tiered stand

I taped off the handles of both strainers before spray painting.

This is purely a personal choice, but I like the look when they’re left the silver.


spray painting large strainer pink for diy tiered stand

If you want to save a little time you could totally skip the tape.


cutting paper towel holder using miter box and saw for diy tiered stand

Then I sawed off the top knobby part of the paper towel holder. I’m not using it in this project so it’ll be saved in my stash for another day.

Sawing it off was so easy because the indentation was already there to follow with my mitre box and saw.


DIY Tiered Stand Assembly

enlarging hole in strainer for diy tiered stand

The great thing about using strainers for a diy tiered stand project is that they already have holes in them… so no drilling is required. Yay!

You might have to enlarge the center hole though, so the screw that’s already in the paper towel holder will fit through.

This is so easy to do with just a large nail and a hammer, provided your metal strainer isn’t too thick.

It was at this point that the day got too hot and muggy so I had to move inside to get this project finished.


bottom of spray painted strainer diy tiered stand

The paper towel holder base fit right inside the bottom of my strainer.

This is super important so you have no problem screwing the paper towel holder together through the bottom of the strainer.

If the bottom doesn’t fit then the top part won’t reach the base to screw in properly.


marking center of paper towel rod with sharpie for diy tiered stand

After screwing the paper towel holder through the strainer I marked the center at the top.


making hole in center of paper towel rod with nail and hammer for diy tiered stand

And again I just used a good size nail and a hammer to make a start hole for a screw.


attaching small upper strainer with screw and screwdriver for diy tiered stand

And I screwed on the top strainer.

I just used a lone screw that I found in my tool box among many other lone screws.


bottom strainer of diy tiered stand with paper towel holder through it

Here’s a good look at the bottom strainer after it was put together.

Thankfully the early evening was not quite as warm so I was able to go back outside to take some pics in the natural light.


top strainer of diy tiered stand with screw in place

As you can see in this pic the screw in the top strainer almost disappears, and it allows for more room than if I had the knobby thing in the middle.


pink spray painted metal strainer diy tiered stand storage solution

Of course you can spray paint your strainers any color you want.

Filling my DIY Tiered Stand

Silver metal goes beautifully with so many colors.


top strainer of diy tiered stand filled with jute twine and burlap ribbon

But for me pink, any shade tone or hue, and silver are just meant to be together.


pink spray painted metal strainer diy tiered stand filled with jute and twine

What do you think? What color would you paint yours?

To make it even easier you don’t have to spray paint anything at all.

Just use what you find it its au natural state, and you’ll be done this diy tiered stand project in no time.


pink spray painted metal strainer diy tiered stand for craft room storage

As I said at the beginning of this post tiered stands can be made out of so many things, and today’s project is just one example.

I’ve also  made a bundt cake pan tiered stand, and a vintage enamel bowl tiered stand.

So if you’ve never made one, give it a try!


NOTE: For your convenience this post contains some affiliate links to items that I’ve used to create this project. If you purchase anything using a link below Thrifty Rebel Vintage will receive a small commission, but it won’t cost you a penny more. See my full disclosure here.

Here are the supplies that I used in my diy tiered stand project
– wooden paper towel holder
– two metal strainers, one smaller than the other
Spray Paints in the colors of your choice
Mitre Box and Mitre Saw
– 1 screw and screwdriver
– 2 different sized nails and a hammer
– Sharpie


A diy tiered stand is a great way to store things that you use every day so you can see them. And it’s a fabulous way to repurpose some thrifted finds.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. ColleenB.-Tx. says:

    Love this. Great storage project for any number of things and would be great for planting succulents in as well and set outside on your picnic patio table.
    I have a rather larger metal strainer that I picked up for $2.00 at the thrift store just the other day. When I say Large strainer; this baby is 15 1/5 inches across and is 6 1/4 inches deep.

    1. That’s a large strainer Colleen. You could store a ton of things in that. 🙂

      1. I believe that could be used for a flower planter

        1. It certainly could be used as a planter Evelyn. A double planter would look lovely.

  2. Mary Boger says:

    Clever, pretty, pink and functional!

  3. That is so neat and versatile, good job. You could fill it with buttons, hair accessories, even fruit. I love the color purple, that would be my choice. 🙂

  4. Ding! Pinned! Pretty in pink……or purple for me! Love this idea. Will be watching for these items! Dona

  5. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    Your mind must be working all the time…this is a great idea. I’m not very creative. It’s hard for me to envision how things will turn out. So thankful there are people like you to learn from…don’t stop!!!

  6. Very clever and I too love the pink and silver together. Of course I would paint mine aqua!

  7. I have a weakness for old metal strainers. I have a big one that has feet. I think that would be perfect for the bottom one. It also has the star pattern. I’m going to have to look for one I don’t love. I couldn’t give up using that one. Great idea. I would leave it silver and display old fashion Christmas balls. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Displaying Christmas balls is a fabulous idea Olivia! I have a weakness for old metal strainers too. 🙂

  8. Debra Hubbs says:

    This is so cute and I can think of so many ways to use it. I could see fruit in it or even plants, craft items and on and on. Love it.