Decorate A Watering Can: Boring To Fabulous In Just 10 Minutes!

Who else is gardening this spring?! The weather finally warmed up this weekend, but it’s not quite time to plant outside yet in case it cools down again. But that doesn’t mean I can’t garden indoors! And to celebrate, I decided to bring some spring indoors and decorate my watering can with vinyl!

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

It was such a simple project and only took me about ten minutes. If you want to bring a little spring to your watering can, check out this tutorial!

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl

Here’s what I used: (affiliate links below)

  • a watering can
  • outdoor vinyl (in case your watering can gets wet, the adhesive will hold up better)
  • Silhouette Cameo (if your design is simple, you can cut it by hand with scissors or an Xacto knife)
  • a shape or design to cut out (I used a dahlia flower I found here)
  • transfer paper
  • Xacto knife

Start by cutting out your design from your outdoor vinyl. I thought it would be fun to layer two flowers on top of each other, so I used my Cameo to cut out the same dahlia shape from two different colors of vinyl.

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

If your design is simple, you can skip the transfer paper step, but if, like me, you cut out a bunch of tiny little pieces, transfer paper will make the next part so much easier!

Cut out a square of transfer paper big enough to cover your entire design. Peel the paper backing off, and press the clear transfer paper down on top of your vinyl design. I rubbed the handle of a pair of scissors over the entire thing; you really want to make sure the transfer paper is firmly stuck to the vinyl!

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

Then slowly pull the transfer paper up; the vinyl design should come up with it. Now your vinyl is ready to transfer onto the watering can and all the tiny pieces are still in place!

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

Place your design on the watering can and firmly press the vinyl down onto the surface. I used the handle of my scissors again to make sure the edges of each piece were firmly attached. Then gently peel away the transfer paper, leaving the vinyl attached to the watering can.

If you don’t want your design fully centered on the can, just let part of it hang off!

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

Then trim those hanging pieces with an Xacto knife so they fit perfectly onto the main surface of the watering can.

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

I did the exact same thing to attach the yellow dahlia. I wanted them to look like they were layered on top of each other, so I overlapped the two designs and removed all of the yellow pieces that were completely overlapping the purple ones.

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

At the border between the purple and yellow flowers, I trimmed the yellow pieces with an Xacto knife so that they fit “around” the purple pieces exactly. And I was done!

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

Now the watering can lives in the greenhouse window in the kitchen, along with my seedlings.

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

Totally brightens the place up, don’t you think!

Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl!

If you want to see more Silhouette tutorials, check out my Silhouette project gallery (just click on the photo below)!

Silhouette Project Gallery

This project is part of this month’s Silhouette Challenge! Want to see some other great spring project ideas you can make using your Silhouette cutting machine? Check these out!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Kate Creasey says

    7 years ago

    I have two watering cans that were given to me as gifts and I love them. This is a really cute idea and I’m going to do this as a gift for a friend. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says

    7 years ago

    Wow! This really did transform that watering can dramatically…and I love how you created the overlap effect. So glad you joined us for this month’s Silhouette Challenge, Jessi! Happy spring!

  3. Kristy gd says

    7 years ago

    Love your watering can! The colors compliment each other really well, and I’m impressed by how nicely you placed them to look like they were layered. Bravo!

  4. Jamie says

    7 years ago

    Really cute, Jessi! I gotta try the vinyl. Pinning!

  5. Kaitlin Downs says

    7 years ago

    This is soooo adorable and springy! (: I love it!
    Where did you get your watering can?
    I definitely plan to make something like this!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      I don’t remember exactly where cuz it was ages ago, but I think I just found it at a small local hardware store near us!

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