Decoupaged Watering Cans

It’s so easy to make tired watering cans look nicer. Just because they’re practical doesn’t mean they can’t be dressed up a bit. I’m a girl who loves to get her hands dirty in the gardens, but I also like things to be pretty. These two watering cans were a little worn but that’s OK…they just needed a little makeover.

I recently rediscovered decoupage and thanks to The Graphics Fairy I was able to print out some lovely rose images for this project. It’s an amazing blog with so many fabulous graphics.



Here are my decoupaged watering cans sitting in the pathway.


Here are my supplies. I printed out my images on regular paper and cut them out. I put a layer of mod podge on the backs and smoothed them on to the cans. Then I used my brayer to smooth them out as much as I could, using my fingers as well.
When I felt the labels were nice and secure I applied a thin layer of mod podge on the tops. I let them dry completely before adding two more thin layers, letting them dry in between (about 15-20 minutes is what the mod podge instructions read). The same image is on both sides of the watering cans.

I liked the colour of the green one so I left it. It still had the residue of the old label from when I bought it a few years ago. I just put the new image right on top.


I really love this image. It’s a vintage French chocolates label.

This little watering can was a little more worn and I didn’t like this yellow.

I spray painted it Krylon watermelon pink and applied this lovely vintage French postcard graphic. I added the Paradise in Progress to it in Picasa. That’s what we call our yard and gardens.

So that’s it. It was really very easy.  You just have to be careful not to fool with the images on the cans too much while the first coat is drying.

And I started another project today that I’m really excited about.



It’s this table that I got at the Re-Store for FREE. Yes… that’s right. For FREE. When I saw it in the free corner I had to take it. I couldn’t resist. Its makeover is about three-quarters done, so I’ll be revealing it later this week. I can’t wait! Stay tuned.


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  1. Those are just lovely! Roses are my favorite flower. Really, really like the way they turned out. Thanks for the visit…following you back. 🙂
    Can't wait to see how your table turns out…isn't free stuff the best?

  2. Tuula,
    Oh, your watering cans are just too cute. I have a green one that I might just do something with like you did. I adore the name of your yard/garden. What a true saying that would fit my yard to a tee. Might just have to use that one. :0)
    Following you back~can't wait to check out the rest of your blog.

    1. Thanks JoAnn! I'm loving MP. Just recently started doing decoupage again after many years and I'm really enjoying it!

  3. Hi Tuula
    Thanks for visiting altered artworks and leaving such a nice comment. I am now yoru newest follower, too. Love the gardening cans. And I adore mod podgin anything that stands still long enough.

    1. Thanks Doreen! I am loving the mod podge lately. Thanks so much for the follow back. I really appreciate it! I'm looking forward to following your blog 🙂

  4. These are sooo sweet! Love the lovely colors and their facelift! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus