DIY Watering Can – 10 Minutes Is All It Will Cost You!

So I actually got the front of the house gardens looking decent this year. It’s pretty much on par with the neighbors. Yep, I’m pretty proud of myself. Now I just have to keep all these plants alive.

But in order to do that I’m going to need to water them.¬†Since my garden hose is too short to reach them, i’m too lazy to walk out 100 cups of water (okay. Slight exaggeration. But you get the idea), and i’m too cheep to pay $10 for a watering can, I needed a solution. Of course I turned to an empty {Folgers} coffee can since we always have a couple empty ones kicking around.

No judging. I drink a lot of coffee. I have 4 kids. Sleep is a distant memory. I hate throwing the empty containers out, and they make great containers to hold things (like these DIY baby wipes and these DIY face wipes). Okay, back to this DIY.

This is what you will need :

  • Empty coffee can – make sure it’s plastic with a snap on lip. A smaller container, like one for cream cheese, will work great too. But the bigger the container, the less trips to fill it back up (#win for lazy people, like me!)
  • a metal fork (or something to poke holes in your container)
  • paint optional


This is what you do:

  1. Clean out you coffee can and lid
  2. Poke holes in half of the lid. You don’t want to over water your plants. For this, I just heated up my fork & poked holes through the top of my lid.
  3. Paint, and let dry optional

How to use it:

  • Fill it up with water
  • Snap the lip on
  • Water your plants

Don’t worry. It doesn’t leak, and the lip will hold to the weight of the water. That’s why you use a container that has a snap on lid. My kids love to use this to help water the plants – I love that they get the job done and it didn’t cost my anything!


  1. Debbie S. says:

    What a great idea! And this won’t be so heavy either. I have seen some huge watering cans at the store and think wow who could actually carry those.

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