Recycle that Watering Can into Garden Art

Last year, I found a neat watering can at a huge discount and turned it into a DIY scarecrow project for fall.  Fall is long gone (but soon to come again!)  During the year, I have used the watering can over and over with various plants in it.

Watering Can Garden Art ProjectsAt the moment, I have some white begonias sitting in it, on a stair case plant holder on my deck, along with my strawberry plants. The sun has done a number on the spout and it’s in need of a spray paint but still going strong otherwise.

Watering cans are not just for watering, you know.  They can be re-purposed into creative planters, or used in dozens of other ways in the garden as garden art, water features or decorations.

Begonias in a watering can planterI asked The Garden Charmers on Facebook to share their favorite watering can posts.  Some of them are so neat.  I love all the creative ideas that people come up with for making gardening new and exciting!

Watering Can in a window box planterBarb Rosen, from Our Fairfield Home and Garden incorporates two watering cans in her spring window box planter.  I love galvanized watering cans and planters a lot.  They add a rustic look to the bright colors of the spring bulbs.

Bright purple watering can filled with flowers

This lovely watering can with a bent spout is painted purple and filled with purple flowers.  A 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.

Coleus planted in watering cansThis is such a special photo.  One of my favorite plants – coleus – in watering cans.  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!

Watering Can Garden Feature Judy 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.

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.

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!

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.

Colorful Watering CansIf you love colorful watering cans, this is a sweet design with cheery flowers. On sale right  now from our Affiliate partner Plow & Hearth. 

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!

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!

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.

Galvanized watering can with flowersMy newest love is galvanized planters.  This one from our Affiliate Amazon has cherry flowers on a plaid backdrop.  Love it!

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

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  12 comments for “Recycle that Watering Can into Garden Art

  1. 08/05/2014 at 3:38 pm

    Nice! I love Watering Cans in the garden. Great ideas Carol…

    • admin
      08/05/2014 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks for including your project Judy! Carol

  2. 08/05/2014 at 4:12 pm

    Wonderful collection of ideas. Thanks for including me. Makes me want to go find more old watering cans. 🙂

    • admin
      08/05/2014 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you for including your wonderful project Melissa. Carol

  3. Mel
    08/05/2014 at 4:22 pm

    That’s really nice!

    • admin
      08/05/2014 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks Mel. Glad you like the round up. Carol

  4. Heather
    08/05/2014 at 4:49 pm

    Wow! I want them all!

    • admin
      08/11/2014 at 1:19 am

      Glad you like them Heather. Carol

  5. 08/05/2014 at 7:13 pm

    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!


    • admin
      08/06/2014 at 12:09 am

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

  6. 08/08/2014 at 12:44 pm

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

    • admin
      08/08/2014 at 1:47 pm

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

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