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.

This is very cute. However, when I click on the link for the template, it brings up one that does not have dashed score lines as indicated in the video. Do I have the right one?
cyndi  |  Fri Mar 19, 2010 at 11:19 PM
This is so delightful. Even though I was a teacher at a workshop I was in charge of this was a gift from one of my students. I was so blessed as I am a gardener and an herbalist which she knew. I know I will use this idea for my herb club for our 25th anniversary dinner.
Thank you so much.
Donna Meyers  |  Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 8:02 AM
HELP! I need to make this for a swap and I found the template but it has no score lines.
canary20  |  Wed Apr 14, 2010 at 6:14 AM
Here's the link for the Viva Las Vegastamps Miracle Tape. If anyone is interested it really is great for projects such as this and others. It separates very easily from the backing : )


The link has ideas for other projects using this tape.
Shirley B  |  Fri May 14, 2010 at 3:54 PM
I love this but can't find the template either. Can someone post a direct link please?
Marion  |  Mon May 2, 2011 at 7:37 AM
The template is posted in Step 1. It's highlighted in blue. Click on that link to get the template.
beate  |  Mon May 2, 2011 at 8:37 AM
I can't find the printable template like you've said. Is there another way I can find it?
Thank you (=

Ceceilia Nguyen  |  Thu May 5, 2011 at 9:35 PM
Nevermind I've found it.
Thank you, this is a great activity!

Cecielia  |  Thu May 5, 2011 at 9:44 PM
I was unable to open the template to print it from the tutorial for the watercan. Is there any way I can get a copy of the template? I just loved it and thought we could use it for favors at our next woman's rally at church. Thanks.
crafty grandma  |  Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 9:39 AM
I was unable to open the template from the tutorial for the watercan so I was able to print it. Is there any way I can get a copy of the template? I just loved it and thought we could use it for favors at our next woman's rally at church. Thanks.
crafty grandma  |  Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM
Hi Crafty Grandma - I just emailed it to you. If you're still unable to open it, you'll need to go to www.adobe.com and update your version of your Acrobat Reader.

lydia  |  Wed Jun 29, 2011 at 10:02 AM
Love your watering can. I have a question, can I use this to fit 5 cards measuring 4.5"x6" + the envelopes.
Thanks, Have a nice day.
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WhitleyRachel  |  Thu Aug 11, 2011 at 8:39 AM
I just want to thank you for a beautiful idea and a great tutorial. I got inspired to make a kettle for my daughter for Halloween. I used your tutorial (changed it a little bit to make it look more lika a kettle) and the fake metal technique.
You'll find a few pictures at http://elsalster.blogspot.com/2011/11/bus-eller-godis.html
Eva-Lena  |  Thu Nov 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM
Hi. I love this idea and I want to make some. I just downloaded the template and there are no score lines at all. Is it possible to get the measurements for the scorelines?

kari  |  Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM
There are no score lines! Help!!! Can you post one for us to print that has them??? Thank you!
Julia  |  Tue May 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM
Hi Julia,
We had too many complaints about the lines and writing on the original file. Helli was kind enough to create a template without all that. Unfortunately I can't find the template with the score lines anymore.

Figuring out where to score is pretty easy though. You score between the glue tab notches that you can see on the main watering can and then parallel to them to create the glue tabs and sides.
beate  |  Tue May 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM
Ok, I will print it out and give it a try. I will turn on the video to see exactly where they go and maybe I can do it from that. If you ever find the original one with the lines, I would love to have it. You can e-mail me at [email protected] thank you so much!
Julia  |  Tue May 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM
beautiful project. i want it for my daughter's first bday.
approximately how big is the watering can when its done? how thick should the cardstock be? i am not sure on the thickness.
ingrid Hernandez  |  Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM
Absolutely wonderful. Easy & very well tutored.
I am quite relieved about my sons' school project.
Madhurima  |  Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 3:19 AM

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