Primitive Shoo-fly Covers

Hey everyone,

We have a reprieve in the winter weather here in Pennsylvania, the last two days, high’s in the 60′s, not bad for January!! I’m not getting too excited though because tomorrow it will be back in the the 20′s…brrrr!  Mother Nature sure knows how to tease a person.  However, yesterday was perfect weather for doing some spray painting outside.

I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest how to make primitive shoo-fly covers using strainers from the Dollar store.  As luck would have it I found two food covers at our local Goodwill for 99 cents!  It is a nice size but the orange isn’t doing anything for me.


Now, some of the Pinterest posts said not to spray paint these because the paint will fill in the holes,
so taking their “advice” I got out my scruffy brush and some black acrylic paint.


It seemed like this was going to work and it did on the metal part of the cover, but when I got the rim,
it was plastic and my paint just slid all over it and didn’t cover at all…


so out comes the trusted spray paint

spray paint

I have to tell you, I used it on the wire part as well and it definitely DID NOT clog the holes. So my advice is just to use the spray paint.
As long as you do a light spray you won’t have any problems at all!

I left the top plastic ring on this one, but on another one that I will show you later,
I removed the ring and added a wooden knob that I painted in a copper finish.


Last night I was looking through my Country Sampler magazine and I saw a similar shoo-fly cover, (2 for $40) and a wooden riser for selling for $23.75.


I can’t believe that last week I actually bought a wooden riser for 99 cents.  I just liked the look of it and thought I would use it under my large crock jug or even as a plant riser.  After seeing this, I now know what I will use it for…I love being inspired by this magazine and then being able to recreate the the look for almost pennies!

So here we go, first is this cute little quilt, a wall hanger, that I’m using as a doily on my table.  It was $2.00 at GW.

quilted doily

Then my wooden riser…don’t you love the way this is made, I guess that’s why I bought it~

wooden riser

…next goes on a wooden charger (I used this on my kerosene plant stand , but had to repurpose it here, it was just the right size for the base of my shoo-fly cover.

wooden charger

I also made some primitive sugar cones yesterday that I will blog about in my next post….

primitive sugar cones

Last goes on the primitive shoo-fly cover…

shoofly cover

a side view … (sorry the photo looks crooked it was the way I held my camera)

side view

I’m really pleased how this turned out and for $4.00 for everything you see in the above photo I say it’s a winner.  Only 10% of the cost to buy one from the Country Sampler magazine~

Here is a photo of the other cover I did,  but I removed the plastic top and added a wooden knob that I painted copper.  I used a rusty candle plate as its base.

This smaller shoo-fly cover actually was white with a palm tree design on it. 


A great way to keep your fruit covered~


I hope you enjoyed my post, I know it’s not all that original, like I said a lot of Pinterest posts out there on how to make these, but I’m not convinced until I try something for myself.  This post is more of a way to show you how to repurpose something you may already have on hand or to be on the “hunt” like I was to find a cover that I could change to fit my own personal decor.  There are ways to make this look more prim, like spraying it brown instead of black, but I really wanted it to go with the black riser and black charger I used.  I’m thinking as I write this that I need to add some jute to the plastic handle, that would make it look even older…if I do that I will definitely post an updated photo!

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