Thursday, June 25, 2020

Decoupage Watering Can Flower Pot

It's that time again for the monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, where a group of creative bloggers come together to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item. Who doesn't love thrift store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or admiring how an item from a thrift store was transformed!

The Rules:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.
Who can resist a vintage looking watering can at a thrift store for a great low price? I know I can't! That's why I snatched this one up at a local Goodwill store for three dollars long before the pandemic struck! The thrift stores in my area still haven't opened yet. So I'm very fortunate to have this piece to update for this month's Thrift Store Challenge!
You can find metal watering cans just about everywhere in crafting. Most are painted and then decoupaged. I love the look of "plain ole watering cans" - they remind me of times growing up when I had to "water the plants" for mama! And they came in so many different sizes and types! These days, most watering cans are made of molded plastics and there's not much you can do with them - except water your plants and flowers! But there are still lots of metal cans available, too!

I found these beautiful napkins online and knew right away the picture on them belonged on the watering can I had been holding on to! It was of an old metal can holding a patriotic floral arrangement! Here's how I added the napkin design to the watering can -

Gather together:   
  • Galvanized watering can
  • Decorative napkin
  • Matte mod podge
  • Soft small paint brush
And then begin by cleaning and washing the watering can with mild dish detergent to remove any grease and or stains and dry. Next, measure the area around where you want to place the napkin on the can -  about six inches! I had a clear bowl exactly 6" across, so that worked out fine for placing it on the napkin to tear the design out. Sharp edges you get with scissors just wouldn't do for this!
Then separate the design layer of the napkin from the plain layers. 
Next, lay the napkin design down on the outside of the can for fit .  .  .
and apply a layer of matte Mod Podge onto the can surface. 
Place the napkin design on top of the MP, smoothing out from the center to edges using a soft brush.. Apply additional MP while smoothing out wrinkles. 
Sometimes, I like to dip my finger in MP to also help smooth out wrinkles, too.
Using a plastic bag to help smooth any wrinkles out helps also!
Once dry, apply additional layers of Mod Podge to seal. 
I love how the metal shows through the napkin - as if the design is painted on!                                 
Perfect to hold floral arrangements!
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Meet the Hosts

 Allyson | Southern Sunflowers - Beverly | Across the Blvd  
 Emily | Domestic Deadline - Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is looking to expand -- and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your contact info and a link to your blog. Someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!

And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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  1. Gail, you always do such fun decoupage projects. Your watering can looks great and perfect for the summer.

    1. Thanks, Beverly! I do enjoy decoupaging! When all else fails, just decoupage it! Lol!

  2. You are a decoupage magician, Gail! I love that you chose a patriotic theme! Great transformation! pinning and sharing on FB -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  3. What a great job! I love what you did with this. I'm currently working on a decoupage project and it's hard! Thanks for the tips! xo Kathleen

  4. I love how pretty the watering can came out with your mp craft. I can’t wait to try this.

  5. Looks nice, I like it! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 20 for All Things American (red, white, and blue), open June 27 to July 25. All party entries shared if social media buttons installed.

  6. I don't think you could have chosen a better napkin design that looks as perfect on the galvanized metal. Your makeover looks great! Pinned.

  7. I love how it looks like it was painted on there years ago. Great job, pinned!

  8. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 21 for Photos and Videos from my previous linkup for All Things American (red, white, and blue), open until July 25.


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