Watering Can Succulents Planter

We were wandering the dollar store a while back to buy supplies for our Summer Bucket of Fun, when I came across a cute kid’s watering can that I thought would be fun for some sort of craft!

This Watering Can Succulents Planter is what I came up with! I think it’s pretty darn cute! One day I hope to replace the faux succulents with real succulents but for now, my daughter is enjoying having this on display in her bedroom. 🙂 She also enjoyed the process of watching me spray paint the can and helping me stuff the succulents. So I’d call this project pretty kid friendly.

How to Make a Watering Can Succulents Planter:


  • Small, plastic kid’s watering can (found in the toy section at Dollar Tree)
  • Spray paint in your choice of color and finish
  • Assorted succulents, either fresh or faux
  • Hammer and nail (optional)

Succulents Planter Collage


1. Begin by spraying two coats of spray paint on the water can. Allow it to dry for one hour so you can be sure the paint has set.

2. Once the paint has dried, you can start adding your succulents. This can be done two ways. The first way is to poke holes in the bottom of the watering can with a hammer and nail. This will provide drainage if you wish to use real plants. Then, add a layer of pebbles, then your soil. You can then add your succulents as you would any other seedling.

3. The second way, should you wish to use faux succulents (we actually found the ones used here at Dollar Tree as well) you can simply snip down the stems so they fit and aren’t as heavy. You can then just press them into the container as you wish.

4. Your watering can planter can now be displayed.

DIY Watering Can Succulents Planter