Watering Can

by Helen Orr

Fashion a watering can from patterned paper and fill with goodies.


  • Patterned Paper, at least 8 1/2" x 11"

  • Cutting Mat

  • Craft Knife and Scissors

  • Steel Ruler for cutting edge

  • Scoring Tool

  • Glue or Double-sided Adhesive

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Print the template on patterned paper and cut out the four pieces: watering can body, spout, curved handle and back handle.

    Watering Can Template (Updated template without text. Thanks, Helen!)

  2. Step 2

    Working on the "wrong" side of the paper, score and valley fold the dashed red lines on the main watering can body.

  3. Step 3

    Apply adhesive (glue or double-sided sticky tape) to the folds on the "right" side of the paper.

  4. Step 4

    Bring sides together to form the can body.

  5. Step 5

    Curve the front flaps and tuck into the sides of the watering can using a dab of glue or other fixative to keep in place.

  6. Step 6

    Take the spout and fold with "wrong" sides turned to the inside as indicated by the red dashed lines in the template.

  7. Step 7

    Apply a dab of glue to the end of the spout's inner sides to fix them together.

    Apply a strip of double-sided sticky tape to the base of the spout and affix to the front of the watering can body.

  8. Step 8

    Attach the curved top handle by placing a dab of glue on each end (right side up) and tucking inside the top of the can, ensuring that the handle curves to the back.

  9. Step 9

    Fold the handle for the back on the dashed red lines as indicated in the template.

  10. Step 10

    Apply glue or sticky tape to the right side of the folded ends.

  11. Step 11

    Glue to the back of the can to form a ‘D’ shape.

  12. Step 12

    Your watering can is now complete and ready to be decorated as you wish!

  13. Decorated watering can.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Watering Can. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I still can't get your videos. I haven't been able to for 2 months. I can't even get them off your web-site. But I can get them from UTUBE. I don't know why. I love those vidoe's for the tutorials. Is there any way you can automatically put the utube link for them???? PLEASE!!!

Thx so much. I love your weekly emalis...
Linda  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 5:08 PM
I love the video's that come with the tutorials, but for the past two months I haven't been able to get them. Just a blank with the red X. I can't even get them from your web-site. But I can get them from utube. Is there anyway that you can put the utube link for the videos automatically in the tutorials??? PLEASE!!!

Thanks so much!!
Linda  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 5:11 PM
Such fun! I really like these kind of 3D projects. Wonderful tutorial from both of you. Thank you!
Sandra K  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM
I can't find the pattern for the watering can card. Please send me better instructions to find it. All I am finding is the gallery.
Eileen Pryor  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM
Ohh, i did this watering can a while ago. Itīs soooo cute.
This is my can
Tesa/THerese  |  Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 4:54 AM
Love this little project nice and quick and easy. Just a question!
When you print up the template it has the handle attachment written on the actual handle that you will cut out.
How can i remove the words as they show on the first one i made? Melissa
Melissa Dunning  |  Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 5:56 AM

When you don't want the wording to show, print out one template and use it as a template. Cut your template out and then place it over the patterned paper/cardstock you want to use. Trace around your template and cut out. This way your patterned paper/cardstock won't have any printing on it.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 6:47 AM
Do you think you could ask Helen if she would be willing to share her butterfly and flower files even for a fee. I absolutely love them.

Kris Blakla  |  Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 9:08 AM
Thanks Beate and Helen for the wonderful tutorial! What a fabulous way to add a big wow! to a gift. Love this!
Joanne (sleepyinseattle)  |  Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 9:27 AM
Hello....what a cute thing this is....but I am unable to download the pattern....is there another way to get the pattern.....if so...would someone please let me know...or maybe they can e-mail one....any help would be appreciated...would love to make some of these....they are adorable....thanks so much....Jewell
Jewell  |  Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM
Thanks for showing this!! It is sooo cute!! I think It would be good for someone sick too!! But I have friends who like to garden. Thanks Beate! You're the best! Cheri wink
cheri  |  Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 1:19 PM
I don't seem to be able to get the template when I click on the link. Is anyone else having a problem?
Robin  |  Fri Oct 23, 2009 at 4:42 PM
This is so cute! It's a great idea for Mother's Day. : ) Thanks for sharing
deborah  |  Sat Oct 24, 2009 at 9:06 AM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This is so cute and the very best thing is that I don't need a Big Shot or some other gadget to make it. I like to make things I can tell others, "Oh, you could make that too," rather than having to explain all the supplies they'd have to purchase in order to make it. Thanks so much. I am definitely making this for my Mom in the spring.
Karla Reader  |  Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 3:30 PM
Excellent Tutorial. Thank you so much for posting this.. The video really helps alot..
Dawn B.  |  Tue Oct 27, 2009 at 5:22 AM
Thanks for sharing your idea and from so far away.
Bernadette Bruenn  |  Tue Oct 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM
Love, love LOVE this project. I took dinner to a friend after she had surgery and handed her a watering can, filled with Hershey's Kisses and said, "Here's your card, hand delivered!" I thought she was going to cry. Thanks for making her (and my) day!
Mitzi  |  Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 5:17 PM
I would like permission to turn this into a cutting file for a Pazzles Inspiration and be able to share the cutting file on my blog with the appropriate link backs to SCS and Helli if she has a site. Would this be possible? [email protected]
Sue Reynolds  |  Mon Nov 2, 2009 at 12:36 PM
Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial!
Elena  |  Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 7:46 PM
thank u very much i love the kid in me i get so excited over things [crafts]well i look everywhere for just the template i found it you are so kind. i had fun with it well i like to sat that i used colored tissue paper to fill in my water can also i taped suckers together with ribbon and they look sooooooo cute i also have mad a flower out of the tissue paper a small one and glued it to the watering can near the spout u can whereever u choose well thank u again and hope ing i can up load my watering can i made to show off may god bless each one of you and have a crafty of a day have fun .
denise  |  Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 8:37 AM

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