Don’t Trash Your Old Watering Can

Do you ever have random flower pots or old watering cans lying around your potting shed or garage? Us too! We’ve had this watering can for years. It’s a great size and we’ve used it a lot but the bottom was starting to show serious signs of age. Wherever possible we try our best to upcycle an item before tossing it.

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We were out on the back patio a few days ago enjoying the early morning sunshine and a cup of coffee when this old watering can caught my eye again. I immediately thought about making it into a planter for succulents and headed to town for a few supplies. Imagine my surprise when I found these pretty plants on sale at Walmart (I know!) being marked down to less than $2.50 each.

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Once we got back home I set about creating an easy watering can succulent centerpiece which took mere minutes. Here’s a look at how you can create one for your porch, patio or as a gift to give away this summer too…

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Make sure your container has some sort of holes so the water can properly drain. If you have a deep container like this one, you may want to consider using packing peanuts or styrofoam to place in the bottom of your container. I just broke apart pieces from the foam our sconces were packed in…

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and placed them in the bottom of the watering can. On a total side note, always use caution and care any time you’re working around rust or metal items that are worn or weathered.

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Next I added quality potting soil (we almost always use a Miracle-Gro product but you can also purchase soil specifically for succulents and cactus plants)

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and carefully placed the succulent in the soil.

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Add soil, rocks or moss around the top/rim as needed to fill in any empty spaces.

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The growing season for succulents is usually in spring and summer so make sure to keep the soil moist but not wet. It’s better to let the soil dry out a bit between watering than to overwater the succulent container completely. I’m pretty new to succulents but one of my friends told me to water with a plant mister and another shared to add 2 tablespoons of water to the soil every pay day (think the 1st and 15th).

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Super easy, right you guys? Just think we’ve saved another piece of trash from the landfill, we’ve planted something beautiful all in the same day in mere minutes to boot! We are total rock stars!

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We’ll be using this watering can succulent container on the back patio but I’ve also created a similar succulent container for the master bathroom. I can’t wait to see how they fair indoors vs out. I’ll keep you posted!

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See you back here tomorrow. Creating container gardens can be so much fun but boy can they be messy. I’ll share a gardener’s lavender scrub that smells amazing and will leave your hands soft too. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – You know how much we love succulents! You watering can container centerpiece is beautiful! The way the succulent trails down the side is perfections. Thanks so much for sharing this great planting idea!

  2. Adorable idea! I have filled that extra space at the bottom of pots with some strange things over the years! 🙂

    I love how this turned out.

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