I always like to have a fun wreath on my door come springtime. Something other than your typical store bought wreath.
Something a little unexpected. And definitely something colorful!
Last year I repurposed a dustpan for my wreath, this year it's a watering can.
Next year . . . who knows!
I lucked out and found this galvanized watering can at the local Goodwill for a couple bucks.
My first thought when I saw it was I was going to add it to my vintage watering can collection, but then I noticed it had a UPC sticker on it which is a tell tale sign it's not old.
So my mind went in other directions. Springy, whimsical, crafty directions.
I decided to make a spring wreath with my watering can.
BTW, Behren's still makes similar ones and sells them on Amazon if you want a vintage looking watering can without the vintage part.
Oh, and before I get too far along here, today is Thrift Store Decor Team Wednesday, so don't forget to check out what the other gal's have made for you today down at the bottom of this post.
How To Make A Watering Can Spring Wreath
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- Watering Can
- 18 or 24" Grapevine Wreath
- Faux Flowers
- Floral Foam
- Bird's Nest
- Floral Wire (aka Paddle Wire)
- Spring Ribbon - Pink Gingham
- Optional: Waterfall or Cascading Fairy Lights (either battery operated or solar)
- Optional: Clear Floral Tape
Put your floral foam in the bottom of your can. I used an oblong brick of foam and cut off roughly 4 inches of it to make it fit.
This doesn't need to be exact, you are just using it to roughly hold your flowers in place so the wind doesn't blow them away.
Or so birds don't fly off with them in their beaks. Been there, done that.
I arranged my flowers and pushed them into the foam.
If you have flower bushes (one thick stem with lots of little stems coming out of it), you should spread the stems out and fluff them up a bit for a more natural look.
I purchased my faux pink peonies and apple blossom stems from Michaels (on sale and with a coupon), but you could just as easily use flowers you have in the house or flowers from the thrift store.
I stuck a bird's nest pick into the arrangement and followed it up with a bright pink gingham bow.
My bow was VERY simple. I just used one roll of Michael's spring ribbon and sort of gathered it up into a bow shape and tied it with floral wire. I added some tails to it and played with the thing until it looked passable.
I'm not going to do a full blown bow tutorial, because mine always look so much better from 5 foot away than up close.
I attached my watering can to my grapevine wreath with some more floral wire. I simple ran the wire through the handle and looped it around the wreath a few times.
Mine is only attached by that handle so I was worried it might blow around in the breeze, but it stays pretty firmly up against the grapevine twigs. You could always add more wire around the spout and attach it at that point also if you feel the need.
Optional: How To Make Your Watering Can Light Up
OK, so if just having a watering can on your front door is not enough spring-tastic goodness for you, you can always go a step further and make it light up!
It's supposed to look like water pouring out of your watering can spout!!!
The jury is still out on how realistic the "water" is, but it does give it a little extra sparkle and is SUPER EASY to do.
I've seen some people drill holes into the spout and run their lights up from the inside and out the spout so the "water" is truly dripping out the spout (the holes already in the spout aren't large enough as is unless you drill them larger).
I tried that for about a hot second, but when I realized my spout did not screw off and I would also have to fish a piece of wire down the spout and grab a light string and magically fish it back up and out the spout without tangling up all the wires, I went to plan B.
Plan B = Cheaters Way To Light Up A Watering Can
I figured out how long I wanted my "water" to be, then taped the lights to the back of the watering can running down the back of the neck.
I stuffed the excess lights into the body of the can (and there will be lots of excess lights since each strand is 6 ½ foot long and I only used maybe 2 ½ foot all crinkled up as my water).
And then I hung the battery pack from the handle so it would be easy to reach.
The lights are on a timer, so you can turn it on and they will stay on for 6 hours and turn itself off for 18 hours and then back on again. You just have to set the mode you want your lights in (flashing, fading, sequential, etc).
So you have two options here for your watering can wreath - Traditional Colorful Spring or Lighted Funky Spring.
Either would be a fun addition to your front door!
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