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Watering Can Planters and Garden Art – Recycle your Watering Cans

Watering cans are a staple of any gardener but, for me,  they are not just for watering plants.  I love turning them into watering can planters and using them as garden art.

The size is perfect for potted indoor plants and the look of them transforms a plant into a work of art that looks great in any garden setting.

Watering cans can be re-purposed into creative planters and projects, or used in dozens of other ways in the garden as garden art, water features or garden decorations.

These watering can planters turn a functional garden item into creative garden decor

Plant them up, or use them as a vase for cut flowers.   There are lots of creative ways to recycle your old watering can. 

Recycling is also a small step that we can take to protect the environment at home. I am always on the lookout for new and unusual ideas for eco-friendly planters. Today, we’ll be using watering cans to showcase our plants.

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Watering Can Planters

There are so many creative ways to use watering cans in the garden. Re-purposing them as planters is one of my favorite ways to use them.!  Here are some of my favorites.

Begonias in a watering can planter

Last year, I found a neat watering can at a huge discount and turned it into a DIY scarecrow project for fall. The planter now sits on a stair case plant holder on my deck, along with my strawberry plants. The sun has weathered it and it’s a great match for my deck fence wall.

Old wheelbarrow with watering can.

This rustic scene was taken in Tizer Botanic Garden. The entire garden uses garden art in a very whimsical and creative way.

Find out more about Tizer garden here.

Watering Can in a window box planterBarb Rosen, from Our Fairfield Home and Garden incorporates two watering cans in her spring window box planter.  The are both decorative and functional since she has them planted as well.

I love the look that window boxes give to a home.(See more ideas for window boxes here.)

Bright purple watering can filled with flowers

This lovely watering can planter with a bent spout is painted purple and filled with purple flowers.  The colors are perfect match!

Watering Can DIY garden artHow is this for creativity?  Melissa from The Empress of Dirt combines craft store glass pendants and galvanized watering cans for a rain like effect.  She shows how to do this tutorial on her blog.

Small watering can with succulentThe watering can does not have to be large to make a great planter. This small watering can from Succulents Galore on Etsy makes the perfect planter for the Panda plant succulent planted in it.  (Succulents can be used in so many types of planters. See more succulent planter ideas here.)

Coleus planted in watering cansThis is such a special photo.  One of my favorite plants – caladiums – in watering can planters.  Check out Three Little kittens. She has more photos of the watering cans used as planters on her blog post.  And that kitty is cute too.  Goes with her site name!

Purple watering can planterThis watering can planter is the perfect color combination. The pale lilac watering can makes an idea planter for the vibrant purple flowers.  So pretty!

Watering can planter on a window sill

This pretty watering can planter is over flowing with pink petunias.  I love the contrast of the planter against a painted window sill. It gives the whole look a European country feeling.

More Watering Can Garden Art

Sometimes a watering can used on its own turns the whole scene into a vignette.  These garden cans don’t need to be planted. The way they are staged is the art itself!

Pink watering can on a wall

This pink watering can with the yellow spout makes the perfect garden accent. It coordinates with the moss on the wall and the pretty pink flowers beautifully!~

Watering can in a garden

This pretty scene is both functional and decorative. The galvanized planter is ready to use when it’s time to water and also makes a lovely decorative touch sitting hear the flowering plants.

Metal watering can

This metal watering can is one that my mother had indoors.  I use it as a garden decor item sitting on a flagstone piece and love the way it has rusted and aged.

Watering Can Garden FeatureJudy from Magic Touch and Her Gardens has a great water feature in her garden.  The galvanized watering cans are just perfect for the job.  She shows how to make the DIY project on her Facebook page.Using watering cans on a hedge as garden artThis idea from Fine Gardening really caught my interest.  I love the combination of the galvanized watering cans along the lush green hedge. Very creative! It is watering can garden art at its finest.

Hanging garden of watering cansWhat a neat idea.   Flea market Gardening reader Kathy Gilbert has a whole hanging garden of watering cans. So rustic and yet lush at the same time.  I just love this look!

Decorative Watering Cans

With a bit of creativity and a paint brush, you can turn your watering can into something really special. Turn them into watering can planters or use them as stand alone garden decor. The choice is yours!

Hand painted watering canThis is as artistic as they come.  Jacki from Blue Fox Farm has a neat blog article on galvanized watering cans and features this one that I just adore. The hand painting is to die for!  Check out this article for more galvanized garden decor ideas.

Mosaic watering cansAre you a crafter?  This project featured in the Portland Press Herald is sure to delight.  It features pieces of mosaics glued to watering cans and then finished with sealant.  How lovely these would be be holding cut flowers.Frog Watering CanI don’t think I would use this cute frog watering can for watering.  I’d plop him right in the middle of a garden bed as a decorative accent.  How about you?  I found this adorable critter on Access Garden Products. 

Frogs are right at home in any garden setting. See more ideas for frogs in the garden here.Cute tea pot garden art.I know this is not a watering can, but it is just so darned cute that I had to include it in the round up.  Christie from Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer shared this photo with us.

DIY Gardeners Share their favorite ways to use watering cans as garden art

Do you have watering can planters or garden art in your yard? I’d love to see a photo of it in the comments below. I’ll add my favorites to this post!

Watering Can garden art and planters add the perfect decorative touch to any garden

Admin Note: This post first appeared in August of 2014. I have updated it to add more creative ideas for watering can planters and watering can garden art.

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Tuesday 13th of March 2018

What a fun post! I missed it the first time around, so I’m happy you shared it again. Lots of heavy duty pinning on this one.


Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Thanks Joanna. Glad you enjoyed it. Happy pinning and thanks for sharing!! Carol


Friday 8th of August 2014

How pretty! I love the frog and the teacup/saucer set!


Friday 8th of August 2014

Hi Cajun. Nice to hear from you again. It's hard for me to decide which is my favorite! Carol

Teresa Mucha

Tuesday 5th of August 2014

Hi, Carol! Thanks so much for including my watering can planters. I love is post. Lots of great ideas for reusing and recycling and creating garden art!

Regards, Teresa


Wednesday 6th of August 2014

Hi Teresa. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for allowing me to include your idea! Carol


Tuesday 5th of August 2014

Wow! I want them all!


Monday 11th of August 2014

Glad you like them Heather. Carol


Tuesday 5th of August 2014

That's really nice!


Tuesday 5th of August 2014

Thanks Mel. Glad you like the round up. Carol

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