Is there anything prettier than falling water droplets catching the afternoon sun? Simulate that look with this DIY watering can planter project by using crystal beads in round and teardrop shapes strung on wire. Upcycle an old leaky watering can or grab one from the bargain bin for this refreshing project.
Watering Can Planter Project Materials
- Medium-sized watering can (I bought this one at IKEA)
- Crystal beads, round and teardrop shapes
- Fine gauge wire (silver or blue)
- Large clear bead slightly smaller than the opening of the spout
- Extra strong super glue
- H2 Grow Pattern (see below)
- Permanent adhesive vinyl in your choice of color(s)
- Vinyl transfer paper
- Die cut machine or cardboard, pencil and X-acto knife
Watering Can Planter Front Decoration
- Die Cut Machines (i.e. Cricut or Silhouette): Save the image above to your computer. Upload it to your die cut machine design program and follow the normal steps to cut it out from vinyl in the color(s) of your choice.
- Stencil: Print the image in the appropriate size for your watering can. Lay the paper over top of the cardboard and trace the outline with your pencil, pressing hard to transfer the image to the cardboard. Use the X-Acto knife to cut out the image, creating a stencil. Lay the stencil over the vinyl and use the X-Acto knife to cut out the pattern.
- Both: Follow the directions on the transfer paper to apply the vinyl decals to the front of your watering can as shown.
Watering Can Planter Water Droplet Beads
- Cut 7 pieces of wire, ranging from 6 to 12 inches.
- String the beads along the wire to resemble falling water drops. Secure beads as needed with super glue. Twist the wires together at one end.
- String all the loose wire ends through the large bead and secure with a drop of glue.
- Attach the large bead to the spout as shown with superglue as needed. Allow glue to set completely.
- If you’ll be displaying the planter outdoors, you may want to use a drill or hammer and nail to create a few drain holes at the bottom. If you’re displaying indoors, skip this step.
- If you don’t want to fill the entire can with soil, fill it part way with non-biodegradable packing peanuts before adding soil and your plant.
- If the balance isn’t quite right when hanging directly from the handle, tie some twine or rope around the handle firmly to get the angle you prefer.