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DIY Metal Garden Art

Adding Dixie Belle transfers to a metal watering can gives you instant, beautiful DIY metal garden art. It is easy, pretty and colorful.

This year as I was shopping at different greenhouses in my area I notice some really cute watering cans that were actually hanging flower pots.

I loved them and wanted one for my own. But I wanted one that had a design instead of just a plain color.

So I purchased a galvanized metal watering can for $10 at Menards and made my own DIY metal garden art and planter. You can do the same thing.

These were scraps from the Dixie Belle transfers that I used on My dragonfly DIY wood craft project. And it also is the same colors as the frames I used to decorate my fence. It all ties together to create a cohesive space.

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This finished DIY Metal Garden Art watering can was decorated with Dixie Belle transfers.

DIY Metal Garden Art

I am definitely calling this art. Even though it was an easy project it looks so amazing that I think art is the perfect word for it.

Materials Needed

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  • Watering can – The one I purchased is on this page but is $34.99. I got mine at Menards for $9.99 so maybe Lowes or Home Depot will have them.
  • Dixie Belle Transfers – Latin Floral
  • Gator Hide Sealer
  • Foam Brush
  • Plants to plant in the watering can
  • Drill and drill bits

Step 1: Prepare the metal watering can

The only thing I needed to do was to drill holes in the bottom since I was using it as a planter.

And I did a test of the transfer just to make sure it would stick onto the metal. It worked great so I moved forward. You can see the little flower at the top left of the can.

Step 2: Gather your transfers

These are parts that were left over from my dragonfly fence decor. I found two great pieces that had a good straight edge on one side. If it wasn’t straight I just trimmed it a little with the scissors.

Since I had mirrored the wings on my dragonfly with the transfers I had two pieces that could work for the watering can.

All I did was make sure there was a fairly straight edge at the bottom and there were no “cut off” designs at the top.

I didn’t want half of a flower or something. So I trimmed those off the transfer.

And I wanted to keep the design to the body of the watering can. I didn’t want it on the spout or the handle. I just had to adjust it’s placement a little bit to avoid these things. Basically it was perfect.

Finding scraps from the transfer to add to my DIY metal garden art piece.

Step 3: Attach the transfer

Once you have your piece figured out, removing the backing piece.

Removing the backing piece from the transfer to adhere it to the metal watering can.

Place it onto the watering can and starting burnishing the design with the tool that is included with the transfers.

Burnishing the transfer onto the metal watering can.

Once the main transfer is done you can add in little flowers or curly cues where ever you think it needs some.

Adding little bits of design elements where needed on the DIY Metal Garden Art watering can.

When you are done with the first side, repeat this process on the opposite side of the watering can.

Step 4: Add the Gator Hide sealer

Use a foam brush to add on 2-3 coats of the Gator Hide sealer. Let it dry for at least 2 hours between coats.

Step 5: Add your plants and enjoy

Add some gravel, rocks or something to act as drainage at the bottom of the watering can.

Fill with potting soil and plant your flowers.

A close up phot of the planted DIY Metal Garden Art project with Dixie Belle Transfers

It looks really good sitting on my patio table. Just like the DIY metal art that it is.

These transfers are super easy and take less than half of the time it would take to cut vinyl from a cutting machine and then place it onto the watering can.

I think I am in love with them and will definitely be using them again.

Here are some printable instructions if you are interested.

DIY Metal Garden Art

DIY Metal Garden Art made from a metal watering can and Dixie Belle Transfers

Adding Dixie Belle transfers to a metal watering can gives you instant, beautiful DIY metal garden art. It is easy, pretty and colorful.

Active Time 2 hours
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Difficulty Easy


  • Sponge Brush
  • Drill and Drill Bits (or something to make holes in the watering can)


  1. Prepare the metal watering can by drilling or adding holes to the bottom for drainage.
  2. Gather the transfers you are going to use for the design. I had scraps left over from my dragonfly project.
  3. All I had to do was make sure the scrap fit nicely. I needed to trim one of them to make the bottom edge straight. Then I found a few little flowers and squiggles that I could add in at the top.
  4. Adhere the transfers by removing the backing piece, placing the transfer onto the watering can and using the tool to burnish the design until you can remove the top piece easily.
  5. Then fill in any blank spaces with some cut out flowers or other parts of the design you want.
  6. Use a sponge brush to add 2-3 coats of Gator Hide sealer letting it set for at least 2 hours between coats.
  7. Add some rocks for drainage, potting soil and your plants.
  8. Enjoy!

How do you like this idea for the transfers? I like that I was able to use the scraps leftover from another project. It makes them more cost effective.

And you can add them to so many things.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Finished diy metal garden art with Dixie Belle Transfers.


Sunday 25th of July 2021

Very cute but the transfers are kind of pricey. Would like to find some for less somewhere.


Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Hi Sharon. I am sure other paint companies have them. I would do a search and see. I loved these so hopefully they are the same quality. I agree...they are super cute. I have never used transfers on painted projects but have used them in scrapbooking and card making. I am sure those would work too if you didn't need a large scale.

Michelle Leslie

Thursday 24th of June 2021

I love all those pretty colors and how it turned out, Michelle. We always have space in our garden for another planter.


Thursday 24th of June 2021

Hi Michelle. Thank you. I love the colors too. They really made this watering can stand out. I do have a lot of unused space that I could add planters. LOL. But sometimes when I drive around and I see a gazillion planters and stuff I think it can get out of hand. LOL.

Anita holland

Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

Very cool project, amazing what a difference a transfer can make. They are on my list to try.


Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

Thank you Anita. They were so easy to use and can really transform anything. I am glad you want to try them.

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