Decoupaged Metal Watering Can Tutorial DIY

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Check out this decoupaged metal watering can! I picked up this metal watering can a few years ago at a tag sale and it has been sitting around collecting dust since then. It didn’t really have a purpose so I just stuck it on a shelf until I could think of what to do with it. 

Decoupaged metal watering can

Decoupaged Metal Watering Can

 I decided it was time to either use the watering can or pass it on to someone else.  It’s really too small to serve as a watering can for the garden and I already have a small watering can for my house plants.

Check out how easy it is to make this decoupaged metal watering can! I decided that I would decoupage a small floral-themed design on the front of the watering can and place a glass Mason jar inside to hold flowers.  If you don’t have a metal watering can, I have seen them in several dollar stores or you can get one on Amazon. You can decoupage directly on the metal or the same process works on painted metal as well.

Decoupage on metal surfaces

So, it’s just as easy to decoupage on metal surfaces as it is on wood or glass. You simply need to start with a clean, dry surface. Make sure that you carefully clean and dry your metal watering can before you begin. Finally, if you’re wondering how to decoupage metal tins, the process is exactly the same.

Decoupage metal watering can

Yes, you can use Mod Podge on metal. I used the Mod Podge Gloss for this decoupaged metal watering can. But, you can use the matte Mod Podge if you prefer. It’s up to personal preference and the type of decoupage cutouts you’ll be using. If you’re looking for an upscale look, a glossy shine will help draw attention. But, if you want a simpler look or one that is more shabby chic, you may want to use matte decoupage. So, experiment and see which you like best.

Materials

Directions

  • Clean the surface of the metal watering can well and dry it completely.
  • Trim your cut-outs carefully
  • Brush on a layer of Mod Podge Gloss Decoupage
  • Carefully add the cutouts on top of the first layer of Mod Podge Gloss Decoupage
  • Brush on another layer of Mod Podge Gloss Decoupage
  • Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.
  • Place a small Mason jar of water inside the decoupaged metal watering can and fill with flowers.

beautiful colorful flowers on a table

Tips for making a decoupaged metal watering can

It’s very easy to make a decoupaged metal watering can. The important things to remember are to start with a clean, dry watering can and to avoid the raised areas when applying your cutouts. If I were purchasing a metal watering can, I would have chosen one with a completely flat surface. That would have made decoupaging a little bit easier. But, I was trying to use a can that I already had. And, my metal watering can has several raised areas on it.

flowers in a metal watering can

Have you ever tried decoupage before? Remember that if you’re going to put this decoupaged metal watering can outside, you will need to use the outdoor version of Mod Podge. You could then put a potted plant in the center of the metal watering can instead of flowers in a glass jar.

How to decoupage a glass jar

Other decoupage ideas

So, there are lots of different things that you can decoupage on including wood, glass, mirrors, plastic and of course metal. Decoupage is a wonderful way to take something old and give it an entirely new purpose. Instead of tossing that old jar, learn how to decoupage a glass jar. Or, try this simple Easter craft: decoupage plastic eggs. One of my favorite Christmas project ideas using decoupage is this easy votive candle. Or, have the kids learn how to make your own magnets for Father’s Day.

Finally, check out the Napkin Decoupage book to learn how to decoupage with paper napkins. I love the way the projects in this book look. I never would have believed that they started with something as simple as a paper napkin. So, this is definitely on my list of decoupage crafts to try soon. I hope you’ll try this decoupaged metal watering can soon!

Check out this amazing decoupaged chair from Mod Podge Rocks!

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Decoupaged Metal Watering Can Tutorial DIY

Decoupaged Metal Watering Can Tutorial DIY

Check out this easy decoupaged metal watering can

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 10

Materials

  • Metal watering can
  • Cutouts from magazines or decoupage paper
  • Mod Podge Gloss Decoupage
  • Small paintbrush or painting sponge

Tools

  • paint brush

Instructions

  1. Clean the surface of the metal watering can well and dry it completely.
  2. Trim your cut-outs carefully
  3. Brush on a layer of Mod Podge Gloss Decoupage
  4. Carefully add the cutouts on top of the first layer of Mod Podge Gloss DecoupageDecoupage metal watering can
  5. Brush on another layer of Mod Podge Gloss Decoupage
  6. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.
  7. Place a small Mason jar of water inside the decoupaged metal watering can and fill with flowers.Decoupaged metal watering can
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Comments

  1. Beautiful!! Did you add the words to it, too, or just the butterfly?  I've never done decoupage and would really love to try it.  Do you have to have clear backing?  I better start doing research!! ha/ha  Love it - pinned & tweeted!
    • Ellen Christian says
      I added the words and the butterfly. The words were on a clear backing but the butterfly was just a cut out. You could use whatever you have.
  2. Andrea Kruse says
    Love it! Anytime I get a chance to decoupage it makes me feel like a kid. Love that watering can. Looks like something I would have snagged for another day, too. 
  3. Brooke Bock says
    Very Cute! Easy Too!
  4. This is such a cute idea! I'll have to try something similar. I've been on the lookout for decorating ideas and I love this one! Thanks for sharing! http://familyfocusblog.com
  5. Barbara Montag says
    That's a really cool project - thanks for the post!
  6. Dawn Pruitt says
    Very pretty!  I love the vintage look and the butterfly.
  7. Linda Kinsman says
    I love the quote you chose and adding the butterfly was a beautiful touch. Your craft reminds me of doing decoupage projects with my Mom.  Thanks for sharing.
  8. What a pretty way to display flowers - so much nicer than a vase! AND those flowers are gorgeous! xoxo
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  10. Beautiful :) I love the vintage look :) Roopini Let's Make It Lovely
  11. What an adorable can and I love the saying. Thanks for sharing, this looks so easy to make!

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