Saturday, April 18, 2015

Recycle Veggie Can Into A Watering Can FlowerPot

I don't know about you but I've started hording a lot of things I usually throw in the trash or recycle bin.  I'm so afraid I can make something out of them.  Like a tin can that held greenbeans.  Somehow it reminded me of a watering can, so guess what, that's what I made.  It's not a real watering can - but a flowerpot for decorative purposes only.  With Mother's Day almost here, moms are sure to love getting something like this.  Just add a faux spout and handle, paint & decoupage using napkins into a lovely flower container.

Materials needed:
  • Cardboard tube (smaller and sturdier version from aluminum foil or plastic wrap)
  • E6000 glue
  • Hot glue
  • Galvanized metal strip (Michaels new Make Market)
  • White acrylic  or craft chalk paint
  • Copper acrylic paint
  • Decorative napkins
  • Mod podge
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Small saw, snips for cutting metal and needle nose pliers

Let's get started:

1.  Take a clean empty veggie can .  .  .
and remove the label.
2.  Saw your cardboard tube diagonally across, using the angle on the tube as a guide.
3.  Place hot glue around the slanted edge of the spout and attach to can at bottom.
     (I forgot to take a picture of painting the can before adding the spout)
4.  Take a piece of galvanized strip and measure how you want the handle to look  (in a question mark pattern).  Cut the piece, allowing for turning the sharp edges under using needle nose pliers. 

5.  Apply E6000 to one edge at a time and on the can.  Hold in place using clips until dry (overnight).  I used masking tape to hold the bottom handle edge in place overnight.

6.  Paint entire watering can.

7.  Decide on the napkin flower pattern .  .  .
 .  .  . and tear it out  .  .  .
removing the white layers attached to the pattern.

8.  Lay pattern on can and dampen your brush with water.  Smooth the napkin onto can with an outward brush, being careful not to tear the napkin.
9.  Continue adding on your flower pattern with brush and water until satisfied with look.  *Unfortunately, I found out that some of the colors ran when wet.

10.  Next, apply mod podge to the entire can to seal the napkins.

So whimsical!

I added metallic copper paint mixed with water for a rusty look around the spout and edges of the can. 

Although this is a decorative watering can flowerpot, real flowers can be placed inside as the can will hold water.

What a simple, environmentally-friendly watering can that's sure to put a smile on anyone's face! 

                        Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!


  1. Gail, your creativeness never ceases to amaze me. This is absolutely adorable. I love that it's created from recyclables. I have the same problem of throwing away things thinking I am going to be needing them soon for a project. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  2. Gail, you amaze me with everything you create out of things most people throw away...that watering can is so cute! That looks easy enough even I might be able to do it.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  3. ah HAH!!! I KNEW I saved that cardboard tube for something great! :))) Thank you Gail! This creation is beautiful and oh so creative. thank you!
    ~ Christina

  4. That is so cute and who would've thought the spout was made of a cardboard tube! I like the material you used for the handle- so inventive!

  5. LOVE this project!!! It turned out beautifully. :) Thank you for bringing your latest make to Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again when the weekend rolls around.

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  6. Are you trying to trick me into eating my green beans? I think it might work Gail. Cheers.

  7. wow so awesome! love the upcycle, the tute and the napkin! wow who would have ever guessed?!?!?!? I love this and hope you remember to share it with us at the craft challenge too :)

  8. You never cease to amaze me!!!! You are soooo creative!! I wish my brain worked like yours! GOD BLESS YOU!

  9. What an amazing idea Gail...sheer genius to stick the cardboard tube to the tin can and transform it into a watering can....Fabulous idea!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  10. Oh, I've always loved crafts and especially creative ones from things to repurpose. Love this idea and will keep in mind. How creative you are. :)

    Peabea, visiting from Roses of Inspiration

  11. wow Gail, you are having too much fun!!

  12. What a great idea! That would be a wonderful project for May Day. Super cute.
    I'm visiting from my dear Stephanie's party, so nice tho meet you, Gail.

    Joy!, Debbie

  13. What a very lovely and creative project!

  14. I really like things made by upcycling other items! What a great idea! I wll pin it for later,I really want to try it!

  15. Oh Gail, you make me smile :) You always and I mean ALWAYS inspire me, sweet lady. I love your watering can!

    Thanks for sharing your creations with Roses of Inspiration - it's always a joy to have you at the party. Hugs!

  16. Gail, your watering can is lovely. You are the queen of crafts. love it!

  17. Gail, what a beautiful project! I've never hodge podged but I'd love to. I've been away on a blog holiday due to moving etc but it is lovely to see you again!


  18. What??? Lady, you are so creative! What a perfect Mother's Day gift!
    Thanks a bunch for sharing at Something to Talk About!

  19. Love the patterned napkin you chose. So creative, especially with the recycled items! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

  20. Love this! I find myself hoarding items for upcycling also! Pinning this idea.

  21. This is adorable!! Where did you get the napkins from? I have been looking for nice patterns on napkins and I can never find anything like this!

  22. I will be featuring this post at the new Merry Monday party starting tonight at 9m EST. Thank you for sharing with us. I just love how this turned out for you.

  23. Oh my gosh Gail - this is unbelievable !!!
    I've started hoarding things too - including tins lol - for the exact same reason you have - that's just too funny -
    And I can tell you right now that I would never have thought of doing this in a million years - it's just brilliant -
    Beautiful job !

  24. Thank you for sharing at the Creative Craft Challenge, Gail! This is truly beautiful and creative!!!
    Pinning :)

  25. What an amazing idea! I have many baby formula cans that could work for this! Very creative!

  26. I think this is the best paper tube craft I have ever seen. You did an amazing job. Thank you for inspiring me! So happy to find your post at the Craft Challenge today!

  27. ohhh you remembered us :) thanks for sharing at the creative craft challenge!! love the flowers and the can - great for some fun decor in the house or screened porch!

  28. Such a clever idea that turned out beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Craft Challenge. You are featured this month! :)

  29. Amazing!!!! you are so creative and great inspiration!
    Where can I find the galvanized strip?

  30. Amazing!!!! you are so creative and great inspiration!
    Where can I find the galvanized strip?


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