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Bright and Colorful Watering Can

By: Chris Thornton-Deason

Make the daily task of watering you plants colorful and bright with this beautiful hand-painted watering can craft. This watering can will brighten any sunroom or porch.

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At a Glance:

Project #14824 Skill Level: Advanced Time:
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This project features these great brands:

  • Ceramcoat Logo

Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Tangelo, 2 oz. - 04008

Number Needed: 1 $1.79 $1.15
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz. - CS11201

Number Needed: 1 $6.99
Item not for sale on Plaid Online.

Mod Podge ® Clear Acrylic Sealer - Matte, 12 oz. - 1469

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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Other Supplies

  • Galvanized watering can (ours came from Hobby Lobby)
  • Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Dark Denim, 2 oz. #04027
  • Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - GP Purple, 2 oz. #04028
  • Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - African Lily, 2 oz. #04029
  • Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Butternut, 2 oz. #04012
  • Delta Ceramcoat ® Select Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint - Satin - Chestnut, 2 oz. #04034
  • Palette paper or foam plate
  • Brush Basin or container for water
  • Paper towels
  • No.8 flat brush
  • No. 1 liner brush
  • No. 6 filbert brush
  • Stylus
  • Black transfer paper
  • Tracing paper
  • White cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Fine point black permanent marker
  • Paper raffia color of choice


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  1. Clean surface using soap and water; rinse well and allow to dry thoroughly. Moisten a lint-free cloth with white distilled vinegar; wipe exterior of washed metal ware to remove remaining dirt, grease, and soap residue.
  2. Following color suggestions, paint the design using a lot of paint on your brush. Basecoat and shade as follows using the No. 8 flat brush:
    • Hearts – Fire Red shade bottom Barn Red
    • Leaves and Grass – Light Foliage Green shade bottom Evergreen
    • Sunflowers – Paint petals Butternut shade bottom Orange Soda. Paint center Chestnut. Paint accent dots on petals Tangelo using the handle end of the paintbrush.
  3. Basecoat and shade the following using a No. 6 filbert brush keeping bristle end of the brush at the outer point of each flower petal.
    • Blue Flowers – Meridian Blue shade Dark Denim
    • Purple Flower – GP Purple shade African Lily
    • Paint Orange Soda centers on the purple and blue flowers using the No. 1 liner.
  4. Paint fence in White using No. 1 liner. Allow to dry.
  5. Using the fine point black permanent marker accent all the painted areas with doodles and line work. Let your imagination guide you.
  6. Print the inspiration words onto white cardstock using a laser printer. (If using an inkjet printer, after printing, spray seal the printed words with Mod Podge Matte Spray Sealer.) Allow to dry, then cut out the words leaving a ⅛” border.
  7. Apply Mod Podge Gloss to the back of each word, then adhere to the black cardstock. Trim around the edges.
  8. Mod Podge Gloss each inspiration word to the metal watering car by applying Mod Podge to the back of black cardstock, then attach to the watering can.

Curing Instructions

  • Allow the painted surface to air dry for 21 days before use.

Helpful Hints

  • Be patient when painting on slick non-porous surfaces - allow ample dry time between paint applications. For best results, allow at least a couple hours (preferably overnight) between coats otherwise the almost dry paint may be lifted.
  • Never use a water- wet brush when painting on non-porous surfaces, as it may break down the adhesive properties of the paint. When switching colors, always use a paper towel to pull color from the brush instead of rinsing in water.
  • Painted non-porous surfaces should be cured to the surface before washing. After the paint has cured, it is best to hand wash or top shelf only dishwasher safe.
  • Also painted non-porous surfaces should never be left to soak in water.

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Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.

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