Monday, April 10, 2023

Spring Fling Decoupage Watering Can

Welcome to our Monthly Blog Hop Challenge! The theme for this month is Spring Crafts/Projects! After basically being cooped up during the winter months, we all certainly welcome Spring and its' new beginnings! There is so much to be done during this time! So I'm looking through my stash to see what I can make since I vowed to use what I have in crafting this new year! I came across a watering can that I got on clearance from Hobby Lobby some time ago. Updating a watering can by creating a colorful spring look using decoupage and DT Spring Fling paper napkins is the perfect project for this challenge! A watering can is so easy to spruce up for spring! Decoupaging watering cans are quite popular. Most are painted first and then decoupaged. But I like the metal finish of a watering can and decided to leave it as is to decoupage!

But first, we need to gather the supplies to work with! 


  • Watering Can
  • Paper napkins
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Water brush pen
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Plastic ziplock bag
  • Sanding block 
  • Outdoor Mod Podge (to seal)

The watering can must be clean and grease free! After thoroughly washing and drying the can, use an alcohol soaked cloth to wipe down to remove any residual dirt and grime. I found a pack of napkins at the Dollar Tree appropriately labeled Spring Fling - which I take to mean "an event held in spring" - and not the romantic kind, lol! I love that there are purple flowers included in the napkin design!

After opening the napkin and laying it on my work surface, I used a brush pen filled with water to outline the portion of the napkin I will use. I love how the brush pen works! Instead of dipping a regular brush in water, you simply add water to the barrel of the pen and squeeze it to wet the brush!
Then tear the water outlined portion of the napkin out and separate the plain layers from the printed one.
Any straight edges were feathered out using the tip of tweezers or your fingernail.
Next, lay the napkin design down (right side up) on the outside of the can for fit. 
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 sheet of plastic from a ziplock bag. Apply additional MP using a soft brush to smooth out wrinkles after using the plastic, and not before. Sometimes the napkin will lift up if you apply MP on top before using the plastic.
See, nice and smooth! 

As you move around the can, continue to apply the mod podge and .  .  .
napkins in sections and .  .  .
using the plastic to remove wrinkles.
Once dry, use a sanding block to remove excess napkin on top and bottom edges.
I elected not to add napkins to the spout and handle. I love the exposed look of metal.
Since the watering can may come in contact with water and or outside, once dry, apply Outdoor Mod Podge to seal.
I love how the shiny finish on the metal watering can comes through the decoupaged napkin!
 The perfect addition to your Spring decor!
Which can be used as a vase or decorative watering can!
For this project, I've joined a group of bloggers to bring you a themed blog hop challenge on the 2nd Monday of the month, hosted by Beverly @Across the Blvd. This month, it's all about Spring Crafts!


Be sure to check out all the awesome bloggers and their projects listed below:

Beverly | Across the Blvd | Spring Napkins Made with Cricut

Gail | Purple Hues and Me | Spring Fling Decoupage Watering Can

Marci | Stone Cottage Adventures | Tropical Cosmetic Bag

Allyson | Southern Sunflowers Spring Door Hanger Dollar Tree DIY Idea

Niki | Life as as LEO Wife | Dollar Tree Spring Floral Arrangement

T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet | Lilac Crochet Neckerchief


  1. I love how you transformed your watering can! Thank you for the tip about using a plastic bag to smooth wrinkles. 'Definitely trying that. pinning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Gail, your watering can is lovely. I haven't tried this method yet. I love the floral print you chose. Happy week.

  3. Your watering can turned out perfectly! I like your idea of leaving some galvanized areas showing. Love the look!

  4. You always find a great way to decorate things with pretty napkins and Mod Podge! I haven't noticed any napkins at like this at my local Dollar Tree, but now I'm going to be on the look out for them. Your watering can is really pretty and ready for spring! Pinning!! Oh, and I love your purple cutting mat!

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