September 14, 2015  

A watering can with personality

I am by no means much of a gardener, but I do like to at least have some pretty flowers in pots near our front door. They make me smile every time I come home. Whelp, part of the deal with having pretty flowers means that one must water them. I’ve had this green plastic watering can sitting on our front stoop all summer long, and decided it was time to give it a bit of personality.

Today, I’m sharing my sassy watering can project as part of the September Silhouette Challenge. Fifteen of my blogger friends participated in this month’s challenge. The theme was “Outdoors” and the bonus challenge was using the color green. Lucky for me, my watering can just so happens to be green so I win arbitrary bonus points! You’ll find links to all the Silhouette Challenge blog posts at the end of this post. Now, back to my project.

A watering can with personality - super simple Silhouette project

I came across this “Grow Dammit” phrase on a garden sign in a picture I saw on Pinterest, and instantly knew that was precisely what my watering can should say. This is a really quick, simple way to personalize your watering can using a Silhouette cutting machine. Sometimes simple projects are the best, right?

A watering can with personality - super simple Silhouette project

I designed the text in Silhouette Studio and sized it to appropriately fit the watering can. After the design is all set up, I simply cut it out on a piece of black vinyl.

Before applying the vinyl, I washed and thoroughly dried the watering can to make sure the surface was clean. Then, I stuck my vinyl letters on. I eyeballed my design, but you could also use transfer tape to make sure everything is spaced correctly. To make sure the lettering stays in place, I went ahead and painted a coat of Mod Podge clear coating on top of the vinyl lettering.

A watering can with personality - super simple Silhouette project

I just love this little watering can. What was once a cheap watering can is now a watering can with sass. I keep it perched on our front stoop and I grin every time I see it. Now I can’t help but repeat “Grow, dammit” every time I water my flowers. For a very simple project, it has created much enjoyment. It’s the small things, people.

A watering can with personality - super simple Silhouette project

Now go turn on your Silhouette and get crafting! If you don’t own a Silhouette, I would highly recommend adding it to your wish list. The crafting possibilities are endless!

A watering can with personality - super simple Silhouette project


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Update Your MailboxA Watering Can With PersonalityYARDZEE! A Bucket of Fun for Family and Friends!DIY Home Address PlaqueFree Flying Lessons Witchy Halloween Sign with {FREE CUT FILE}Shabby Chic 'Happy Fall' Pumpkin Door Hanger: My Girly GourdGlow In The Dark PumpkinsHow Does Your Garden Grow? A decorated Planter.Outdoor Fall Welcome SignNautical Personalized CoolerA "Green" Mailbox MakeoverSeed Packet Storage Tin"Something Wicked" Porch BannerCatch-a-Bug Box Southwester & Outdoorsy DIY Coasters

1. From Whine to Whine // 2. Small Stuff Counts // 3. Comfort and Yum // 4. Patina Paradise // 5. My Paper Craze // 6. Where The Smiles Have Been // 7. Practically Functional // 8. Get Silvered // 9. DIYJustCuz {Brittany} // 10. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 11. Crafty Bonds // 12. Two Purple Couches // 13. Tried & True // 14. It Happens in a Blink // 15. DIY Just Cuz {Sam}

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  1. So cute!! Nice job with the photos too. Maybe I should do this project with my non-existent watering can to match my non-existent flowers ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks Amanda! Haha, your non-existent watering can would definitely look cuter decorated like this. And your non-existent flowers would probably like it, too. You’re too funny.

  2. Emily,
    I love the watering can with sass, My Dad calls me GD Karen Marie but, I am pretty sure he means another two words. It is a family joke. (long story) I sure get a chuckle out of this one.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  3. I love your sense of humor! That’s a watering can I definitely see myself making. Maybe I’ll go see if I can find one on sale now that the season is winding down!

  4. This is awesome!! I am such a fail when it comes to growing plants so I completely respect the phrase….just grow already! I agree, sometimes the simplest & easiest projects are the bomb. Pinning!

    1. I am also a complete fail as a gardener. But I have to say I’ve been wanting to use my watering can more since decorating it. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I love it! I’ve said that exact phrase to my poor little orchids, and occasionally my succulents so this is definitely a water can that gets me. Great job!!

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