My neighbor and good friend, Debra, made this wonderful garden decoration from an old watering can and chandelier crystals. The light from the sun reflects off of the crystals, making it shine brilliantly. The stream of crystals look like they are pouring out of the watering can’s spout using little more than some wire and a bead to secure them.
I’ll explain how to make something like this yourself down below.
What resulted was almost 700 likes and over 200 shares! Crazy! So, since it was obviously quite popular, I stopped by Debra’s today to get some better pictures and tell you how you can make your own as well.
Debra and I live literally right around the corner from each other. In fact, before we even met I had been to her garage sales and passed by her house probably a gazillion times. Then one day she introduced herself to me saying that she “met” me through this blog. Oddly enough, I didn’t think anyone in my sleepy little town even knew what a blog was, let alone followed one.
That was a little over a year ago and since then Debra and I have become good friends. We share creative tips and bounce crafty ideas off each other all the time. I’m so glad that she came to my door that day!
Debra lives in a cute little farm house with a great big barn in her side yard. In fact, I’ve salvaged some things from that barn, including these Distressed Shutters. In fact, in that post you’ll see a few pictures of Debra’s barn and property.
If you want to see even more, I have a small photo album of Debra’s barn on Facebook.
Debra has a lovely garden. It’s obviously fall here in southeast Wisconsin so all the brightly colored flowers have gone to sleep for the year, but the set up is full of whimsical goodies that I’ll show you here.
Much of what you’ll find in Debra’s yard was salvaged from the side of the road or picked up for pennies at a garage sale. Her garden path is lined with blue bottles that have been turned upside down and pushed into the earth.
One of my favorite parts of her garden are these chippy herb pots. She found three of them stacked together in a garbage can.
I love how she expressed it… she said that the previous owner probably said “Ewww the paint’s all chipping off..” (read that in a disappointed voice).
Debra’s reaction (read this with an excited voice) “Oooo! The paint’s all chipping off!!” :)
This pretty little garden gem was made from a glass flower frog, some colorful beads, wire and bunch of rusty keys.
Over by the barn there’s a broken old chair covered with vines, and sitting on that chair is this whimsical crow made from metal and an old shovel.
Hanging nearby are more crystals, this time they’re dripping from a small metal jello mold pan.
Another ornament is this hanging sphere made from two round plant hangers glued together.
One of my favorite parts of the garden are these adorable toadstools. Maybe I should donate my fairy house to this scene!
Around the corner from the toadstools is this great big wind chime made with more beads.
Debra even spruced up this old rusty water handle by adding gems and beads on wire.
Debra and I have similar tastes when it comes to rusty goodness!
She has crystal goodness all over her garden and says “I am a lover of all things shiny!”
As you’re leaving Debra’s driveway, this metal man made from old pipes waves to say goodbye!
To make the watering can
First, Debra removed the rim from the spout. Work slowly as it may be tight depending on the age of your can.
As you can see from the close up, she strung crystals onto a piece of wire and threads the ends into the spout holes. From the inside of the spout, run a bead (any kind of bead as it won’t be visible) onto the wire and twist and wrap to hold the wire inside the spout. Then simply reattach the rim of the spout head to the can by crimping the edges with pliers.
Debra found her can at a garage sale for $1.00 and the crystals were given to her by a friend.
Pretty awesome stuff. Debra’s pretty awesome too :)