Here’s a bunch of ideas for using watering cans as garden art.
As you’ll see here, most of the ones in my garden have beads and lamp crystals hanging from them (to look like water droplets), but there’s plenty of others ways to use them including fountains, tipsy pots, and planters.
My favourite watering cans are the older ones made from galvanized metal as well as newer ones painted in clear, bright colours.
If a watering can is really well designed, I’ll actually use it to water plants (crazy, I know), but any other odd ones are perfect for garden art projects. And don’t worry if they have holes in the bottom—those ones make great planters.
1. Watering can garden art ideas
Always good to have an heir and a spare! Use lamp crystals (prisms, pendants) as well as marbles, copper wire, and beads to create faux water.
Is it possible to collect watering cans without ever paying more than $5 per can? So far, so good.
One single lamp prism makes a lovely, giant water drop.
Old kettles and water pitchers work just fine too. If you love rust, have a look at my Rusty Garden Art Gallery.
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Here I wrapped copper wire around marbles and attached the lamp crystals to the wire ends.
This was the first watering can art I made (circa 2002, I think). If you vary the length of the wires, it gives a good spilling effect.
2. Watering can garden art project tutorial
There is a step-by-step tutorial for making this project on my blog at eBay: Watering Can Garden Art Tutorial.
3. Watering can garden art display ideas
Old wooden ladders have lots of uses in the garden from trellis to displaying favourite garden art. And the more paint splatters, the better!
The way some watering cans are designed, it can be difficult to thread wire in the spouts for hanging faux water droplets. This white one could be painted, mosaic-ed, decoupaged, or simply used as a planter like you see here.
This was at my old garden where I hung watering cans over window boxes along the fence. You can see an entire tour of the garden here.
The great thing about garden art is you can change it up whenever you want and move things around.
Potting tables are one of my favourite garden art display areas. You can see an entire gallery of potting table ideas here.
Don’t let those gnomes lounge around all day! Put them to work.
Barb of Our Fairfield Home & Garden creates wonderful seasonal displays in her garden. This one showcases some rather fabulous watering cans.
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If you’re looking to buy some cool, old watering cans, there’s lots on eBay.