So spring is in the air, and my head turns towards gardens, outdoors and pretty things placed in my backyard!!!
I had seen on pinterest, many watering cans with jewels coming out of the spout and I wanted to make my own! I must have been thinking about this for 8 months. Today I sat down to do it and it only took me less than hour and it was super easy. 8 months planning. 1 hour to make. LOL, isnt that always the way it happens.
To start with I searched for a watering can. My neighborhood is Southern California is definitely not a rustic antique, flea market kind of town. Goodwill charges a fortune for basic junk, and finding any gems is basically impossible. So I resort to Amazon! Amazon will find me a watering can. I first searched for a rustic galvanized watering can but then decided to go with a enamel coated watering can is an assortment of colors. The trick of this purchase is you could not guarantee which color you would get. Lucky for me I got the color I wanted, a nice cool aqua.
To find your can, check out Amazon here.
There are 5 delicious candy colors available, but it is random so keep an open mind. Of course if you live in a wonderful place with fun junk or awesome flea markets go for it!
Make sure you get a watering can that the spout head comes off either by screwing it off, or prying it off with tools. Just make sure you can get it back on.
I found crystals and acrylic crystals at a variety of places, JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Amazon and Hobby Lobby. I think they even have beads at Wal-Mart. I just grabbed beads that were clear or blue (so it looked like water). I had wanted to have some drop crystals for the end so I actually used some crystals that I had from QVC (Valerie Parr Hill).
I also got some 30 gauge wire. Definitely can buy that at the places I mentioned above.
I doubled my wire and either did a small bead at the end of the jewell to keep my jewels from falling off
or if the jewels were chained, I just ran the wire thru the top and added more crystals.
I then just created different strands with a variety of jewels. Some were all clear, some mixed with blue. What ever tickled my fancy.
I really used no tools except my fingers. I just placed each bead on the wire and then added another until I was satisfied with the look and length of the strand.
Taking one strand, I inserted into the sprout hole and pushed it thru until it went out the back opening.
I did this with each strand mainly focusing on the inter circle of dots on the spout. However you can choose to use all the holes or focus on the outside holes with the one middle hole. Really it is up to you.
I decided to stop at 6 strands because some of my beads were very bulky. If you are doing many small beads you may want to do more
Once I had all the strands into the spout. I decided to twist the stands together and tie it into a knot. Then I twisted some more to tighten up the strands to the base of the spout and then I bent it onto itself to keep it from coming apart. At this point I forced it back into the spout opening.
Now I twisted the spout head back onto the can
And now I am finished. Oh my goodness it was so fast and easy. Have no idea why I dragged my feet so long to make this project.
I had gotten a shepherd hook from JoAnn Fabric for 50% off to hang my can off of. The weight of the jewels automatically tilted the can so it looked like it was watering. Cool.
Here I am watering my rock….LOL, only kidding.
This is where my flower plate garden is going. So far I only have one flower plate, but have the supplies to make several more.
In this pic you can see my lone flower plate. No I did not make this one. I bought it off Etsy. You can also see my solar cattails that glow at night.
As soon as I get my flower plates done, I will share with you the process!
Thanks for looking!!!