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"In Bloom" Watering Can Garden Plaque

Casey Kurz paints a colorful "In Bloom" watering can garden plaque.

Materials and Tools:

sketchpad or paper
colored pencils
1/4" medium density fiber-board (MDF) approximately 18" x 18"
copper solder wire (approximately 2 feet)
20-gauge bead wire (approximately 6 feet)
variety of blue beads
white acrylic latex primer
acrylic paints
paintbrushes (small, medium, large)
black permanent waterproof art pen
cotton swabs
paper towels or rag
saw horses
wire cutter
needle nose pliers
mouse sander
hand-held rotary tool
drill and 1/4" drill bit
small nail
picture hanger
strong, clear, bonding adhesive
waterproof satin varnish
safety goggles and mask


1. Sketch the watering can design on paper and fill in with colored pencils.

2. Draw the outline of the watering can directly onto the piece of MDF (medium density fiber-board) with a pencil.

3. Set the MDF on a large piece of wood supported by saw horses. Wearing safety goggles and a mask, cut the basic shape of the gardening can out of the MDF with a jigsaw.

4. Smooth the edges and create a dimensional effect on the wood with a mouse sander.

5. Sketch the detailed design and words onto the MDF garden can shape.

6. Wearing safety goggles; carve the words and design into the MDF with a rotary tool.

7. Smooth the rough edges with a mouse sander.

8. Paint the watering can with a base coat of white acrylic latex primer. Let dry for about 15 minutes. Hand-sand the entire watering can.

9. Remove all dust from the watering can plaque with a damp paper towel or rag.

10. Paint the entire watering can plaque with black acrylic paint. Let dry.

11. Paint the design on the MDF with a variety of acrylic pants. Use one color at a time and mix in white paint to create a blended effect. Let the paint dry for 10 minutes.

12. Accentuate the carved words and dividing lines between the color blocks on the wood with a permanent waterproof black art pen.

13. Color in the loops in all the letters with black paint.

14. Color the areas inside the letters with various colors of acrylic paint. Touch-up areas with acrylic paint as needed. Let dry for 24 hours.


15. Cut about 2 feet of copper solder wire for the watering can handle with wire cutters.

16. Drill two holes on the left side of watering can for the handle with 1/4-inch drill bit.

17. Insert each end of the copper wire through the holes from the back of the piece and curl the ends into spirals on the front of the piece using needle nose pliers.

Spout "Water"

18. Drill three holes into the spout end of the watering can with a small drill bit or nail.

19. Wait 24 hours, and then varnish the garden plaque watering can with a waterproof, protective varnish.

20. Cut three pieces of copper bead wire each about 2 feet long with needle nose pliers.

21. String blue beads randomly to the copper wire twisting the wire below the beads and secure with needle nose pliers. Add space between the beads so they don't run together. Curl the ends of the wires to shape them into "water" streams coming from the spout.

22. Use a clear, strong adhesive glue on the bottom ends of the wire (that are not curled) and insert them into holes drilled in the watering can. Wipe way excess glue with a cotton swab. Let the glue dry for 15-20 minutes.

23. Press the solder wire so the handle is flat against the MDF.

24. Lay the "In Bloom" watering can facedown on a towel and use a hammer to attach the picture hanger to the back of the garden plaque.

"In Bloom" Watering Can Garden Plaque by Casey Kurz from Omaha, Neb.

Newly married Casey Kurz is an enthusiastic artist and crafter. She and her husband have a wedding photography business. Casey also has a degree in creative writing. She combines her love of writing and her love of colors with her whimsical and inspirational wall plaques.


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