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How to Make an Up-cycled Watering Can Wind Chime...

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When my husband gave me the Christmas Watering Can for a birthday gift, I honestly thought it was a gag gift. Instead of giving it to Goodwill, I re-purposed it into something I would use.
(Edited: What I failed to mention earlier is that my husband did follow up the watering can gift with a beautiful necklace. He's a keeper.)
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Up-cycled Watering Can Wind Chime
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I'm really not an ungrateful person, but seriously, I think it may have been left over from the 90's.
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My Shabby Watering Can Wind-chime
Supplies:
Small Watering Can
Old Keys
Cream Rust-oleum Spray-paint
Extra Fine Sandpaper
Deco-color Silver Paint Pen (Marvy-Uchida)
Folkart Home Decor Stencil 4X4-Regal French
Natural Twine
Thin Wire
Blue Painter's Tape
Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, 4-Ounce
Small Birds Nest (Melissa Frances)
Small Decorative Bird
Adhesive Pearl
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Directions:
1.Re-purpose a old decorative watering can by taking off the paper covering. Soak in water if necessary.
2.Sand to remove any additional paper and to make smooth for painting.
3.Spray-paint watering can and keys with cream paint.
4.Puddle silver ink onto a piece of scratch paper by pumping the nib. Use the tip of your finger to rub ink directly onto watering can around edges to highlight and distress.
5.Mask off the center of decorative stencil with blue painter's tape, lay onto watering can.
6.Rub silver paint onto stencil as in step #4.
7.Wind thin wire around the end of a piece of twine. Insert wire into the holes in the spout and pull through to the inside of the can. Repeat for however many keys you plan on using.
8.Gather the ends from inside the can and tie them altogether in a knot. Pull the opposite ends to bring the knot back through the spout. (The ends will now be hidden.)
9.Tie keys on to end of each piece of twine.
10.Glue bird inside of nest.
11.Glue bird-nest inside of the watering can.
12.Add adhesive pearl to decorative accent on side of the can.
Best for covered porches or decorative use.
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To see more: http://sueeldred.com/2015/03/21/up-cycled-watering-can-wind-chimes/

Got a question about this project?

  • Stinna Lee Karch
    Stinna Lee Karch Springfield, OR

    I think it's adorable and now it can be enjoyed all year long. :-)

  • Kate F
    Kate F New Britain, CT

    My husband isn't well versed in gift giving either

  • Elaina Longland

    Hang it with crystal teardrop and it looks like water.

  • Jane Medders
    Jane Medders Lake Alfred, FL

    your husband is cheap. what you did with it absolutely adorable, great style.

    • Sue Eldred
      Sue Eldred Washington, IL

      @Jane Medders I'm glad you liked it. What I failed to mention is that my husband followed it up with a beautiful necklace. He's a keeper.

  • Pamela Wilson-Adair
    Pamela Wilson-Adair Chowchilla, CA

    Tour Husband Is A Wonderful Man AND Recognizes Your talent

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