Create a whimsical garden ornament for your yard! This fun craft uses Cricut Outdoor Vinyl, beads and an unexpected office supply.
Gardening has become a fun hobby of mine since buying our home and I love the idea of filling our gardens with handmade ornaments and crafts. This DIY Watering Can Garden Ornament is definitely my new favorite garden craft.
Last year I purchased a sampler pack of Cricut Outdoor Vinyl in the hopes of making something cool with it but never came up with the right idea until this summer. I have seen lots of versions of this watering can pouring out water made of beads and thought this would be a fun project to try out the Outdoor Vinyl! After finding this awesome blue watering can at my local hardware store, this project was a definite go. It turned out so well, and I love how bright and vibrant the flowers on the watering can are!
Creating the beaded water was a bit challenging on this project. I don’t usually work with beads and jewelry supplies, so it was a bit of trial and error. Beads can get expensive, so I made sure to buy my beads from Joann Fabrics during one of their 70% off strung bead sales. I also used a blue plastic divider, the kind you use in binders to separate your different sections, to create the really fun water drops you’ll see strung with the beads. It was perfect since it is plastic and should hold up outside!
I used another blue plastic divider to cover up the opening to the watering can. I didn’t want my watering can to become a new home for critters so this will keep them out and also prevent the can from filling up with water.
My watering can is hung on a large shepherd’s hook near our hydrangeas. I may move it to one of the flower beds against our garage to give it a bit more protection from the wind and rain. It looks so pretty outside and the beads sparkle in the sun.
Below is the tutorial so you can see how I created my watering can garden ornament. You could, of course, switch up the color of beads or add a totally different type of design or wording to your watering can. I used the sampler pack of Cricut Outdoor Vinyl and it came with lots of fun colors to experiment with!
Supplies Needed for Watering Can Garden Ornament
- Watering can
- Cricut Outdoor Vinyl Sampler pack
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Flower design
- I used a design found in Cricut Design Space. Miss Kate Cuttables, Spring Has Sprung – “Flowers and Twigs” #MA7A9976
- Bead stringing wire – I used 7 strand size 0.18in.
- Beads in blue, clear or white – or any color you choose!
- Crimp beads – little beads that help stop and space beads
- Plastic binder divider in blue – preferably somewhat see-through as opposed to the opaque plastic dividers. The blue I used came in a 6-pack with other colors
- Jewelry tools – needle nose pliers or crimp tool
- Gorilla Glue – Waterproof Indoor/Outdoor. This is the kind I eventually found to work really well: Gorilla White Waterproof Polyurethane Glue
Step One: Use Cricut Outdoor Vinyl to create a fun design on your watering can! I searched Cricut Design Space for a flower design I liked and found one called “Flowers and Twigs” by Miss Kate Cuttables. The Cricut Outdoor Vinyl Sampler pack came with 6 colors. I chose to edit the design to include 4 of the 6 colors – blue, green, pink and yellow. The pack also came with black and white, which I didn’t use.
Cut your design and use Cricut Transfer Tape to transfer the vinyl onto the watering can.
Below you can see my watering can with the finished design. The Outdoor Vinyl is super bright and glossy, which looks really nice on my bright blue watering can.
Step Two: Time to add the water! I wanted to create my water entirely out of blue and white beads but didn’t want to spend too much on beads. So I searched my house for something I could use that would work outside and found some plastic dividers – the kind used to divide sections of a binder. I used the blue one to create raindrops that could be mixed in with my beads. I cut them by hand and punched holes at both the top and bottom of each raindrop using a small hole punch.
I started each of my water strands with a large clear pennant. I am in no way a jewelry expert, but I’m super excited with how the strands turned out.
I cut a long length of bead stringing wire and strung my pennant so it was dangling in the middle. I then threaded both ends of the wire through a crimp bead and used my little needle nose pliers to clamp down and secure the bead.
The next step was to add all of my blue and clear beads along with the blue plastic raindrops. I stung everything over the two strands of jewelry wire.
When it was time to add the blue raindrops, I used two more of the crimping beads to secure the decorative beads above and below it. When I tried stringing the raindrops on without those, the beads fell down on top of the raindrop, causing it to squish and bubble out.
When the strand was finished, I added one more crimp bead to end the strand of beads.
Since I only had 3 large clear pennants, I used my blue raindrops to start my other three water strands. I started them the same way as when I used the clear crystal pennants.
Step Three: After I finished creating my strands of water beads, I decided to use another sheet of the blue plastic divider to seal up the watering can. I didn’t want the can to hold water and attract bugs or become a home to a little critter. I stuck the divider into the can and used a silver Sharpie to trace along the edge of the watering can.
I cut this out and glued it to the inside of the watering can using hot glue. It took one more piece of binder plastic to completely seal things, but overall, this seemed to work really well. I sealed around all the edges with more hot glue. It got a little messy but once the can is hanging up you don’t really notice all my hot glue!
Step Four: The hardest part of creating this garden ornament was figuring out how to attach the beaded strands to the watering can! I tried hot glue, craft glue, and nothing worked until I used Gorilla Glue. Everything seems secure, but I’ll have to see how it holds up outside. I’ll be sure to update this post after a few weeks!
What worked best for me was to stick the strand of beads into one of the holes, secure it with Gorilla Glue, and then hold it into place using a stapler and some painters tape. It looked crazy, as you can see, but did the job of holding the beads against the watering can for the 24-hour cure time. Once that was complete, I did fill all of the empty holes with hot glue, to again prevent bugs and water from going inside the can.
**1 year update! – The watering can lived outside in our yard for the whole summer last year and is out there again this spring. The outdoor vinyl has held up amazing – no signs of peeling or bubbling at all! It has been out in the sun and rain. When I first put it out, I noticed two of my bead strands were starting to slide out – I used a different type of Gorilla Glue that said waterproof (indoor/outdoor) and it has been fine ever since! The watering can looks as good as the first day I made it – yay!! **
The water strands look so pretty outside!
My new garden ornament is finished. It really looks nice against our Annabelle hydrangeas. The colors pop against the white blooms.
I hope you enjoyed this garden craft! Garden ornaments are such a cool way to brighten up your yard and make it more playful and fun! I’ve tried making other crafts for the garden, including these fun butterflies, stepping stones and a patio umbrella cover. I have more ideas than I do time, but hopefully, I sneak in a couple more before the season ends!