Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights

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The project inspired by this post (translation needed). I was able to find some similar supplies here in the US and got to work!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights

Welcome to Smart School House! Today I have a beautiful outdoor DIY to share with you. This glowing watering can with fairy lights is so beautiful and SO easy to make! Pick a special spot in your garden or yard (maybe even your fairy garden) where you’d like to hang these glowing lights pouring from a watering can. It’s gorgeous and unique!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights

(the lights have been known to sell out, but keep checking back and I’ll update this post with where to find them):

  • Watering can like these with removable shower head. Here’s a tip (and I tried this the wrong way first LOL), make sure the watering can is large enough. If it is too small, it will be nearly impossible to get any lights into it properly. 
  • Fairy Lights – by popular demand, the 9 strand spray of fairy lights that I used is sold out. This set of lights is perfect for this project too! I will update this post as soon as they are back in stock so keep coming back here to check! However, these exact fairy lights will also work very well! If you’re concerned about the weather outside, THESE OUTDOOR LIGHTS might be the best for you!
  • Shepard’s hook like this or a hanging flower basket hook like this
  • Screw driver (or tool of choice) to widen the hole in the watering can’s shower head. If the holes in your watering can are large enough to slide the lights through, then you’re good to go! However, the couple of watering cans that I tried when attempting this both needed to have the holes widened. 

Watch how easy it is to make!


  1. Gently remove the shower head from the watering can and set it aside.
    watering can with glowing lights
  2. Using a screw driver (or your tool of choice), make the holes bigger on the shower head of the watering can. In my case, I widened 9 of the holes.
  3. Place the lights inside the watering can and push them up and out of the spout.
    pulling lights through a watering can
  4. One by one, feed the strings of fairy lights through shower head.
    glowing watering can
  5. Gently place the shower head back on the watering can.
  6. Hang the watering can on a hook
  7. “Fluff” the lights over your garden or plans so that they look like they’re all going in the same direction.
  8. Turn on the lights and enjoy!

fairy garden watering can that glows

I JUST LOVE how it lights up the flowers in my raised garden! I like to have fun with my garden so I mix things up all of the time just to make it pretty. Right now we are growing small pumpkins (on the right) for the fall, as well as green onions, mini pink roses, and some other colorful flowers. It looks PERFECT from any angle. 

My kids are memorized by the lights and they think it looks like magic. It really does! I would love to figure out a way to make a smaller version for a fairy garden. Howe magical would that be?

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights - How neat is this? It's SO EASY to make!

If you love the watering can, I bet you will LOVE this idea too!

How neat is this? It's SO EASY to make! Get the lights here: 

Using a basic fire pit (like this one), remove the grill, add firewood, and place THESE remote control string lights, you can have a glowing fire pit without any fire!

People from all over have been so inspired by this project and have been sending me pictures of their finished watering cans. Look at how beautiful these have all turned out. Each unique in their own way. Email me your finished watering can with lights or post it to my Facebook page here.

I am so in love with the Twinkling Fairy lights that Connie Johnson used! Brilliant!
Get the twinkling fairy lights HERE.

I love these glowing Hydrangeas and the pretty green watering can by Michelle Ludiker 

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Twilla Manheim did a gorgeous job, don’t you think?

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

I love the colored watering can that Chris Martin used here:

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Jessica Hunlock’s idea looks beautiful during the day and I’m 1,000,000% sure it looks even more gorgeous at night!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Look at these pretty blue lights by Pam Brandt. The blue looks just like water!
Get the blue fairy lights HERE.

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Check out how Debra Cardente made the lights look like they’re pouring into a bird pond… LOVE!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

I love the darling butterfly embellishment by Heather Delong

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Check out how great Vicki Mack McConnell’s turned out!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

This is a smart idea by Carla Steinwender. She looped the fairy lights in and out. Why didn’t I think of this?

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Look closely at Libby Miller’s watering can… this type of can makes this projects super easy!! How smart!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Linda Peeps just shared her creation with us. It’s perfect!

Watering can with lights

Does anybody else see that adorable rain boot planter next to Sharon Roche Parrett’s teal glowing watering can. I’ve got to try that!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Shannon Lowther-Miranda’s glowing watering can with fairy lights looks beautiful!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Meghan Royal has is so lucky to have found such a beautiful watering can!

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Look at how the lights illuminate Jill Kreisler‎’s yard. SO beautiful! 

Glowing Watering Can with Fairy Lights seen on Smart School House

Lesley made hers with solar lights on copper wire. Doesn’t this look great?

Solar lights in a watering can

Look at the beautiful watering can that Lizzy Amodeo Emden‎ used! 

Watering can with lights

This glowing watering can was made by Cornelia Borkenhagen. Her aunt recently passed away and she found this at her aunt’s house afterwards. She remembered this idea and sent me a picture. It turned out perfectly and is so meaningful! 

Watering can with lights

Did you finish yours yet? Send me your picture! I can’t wait to see:)

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  1. It would be nice to have an English version and link to be able to order the lights.

    • You should be able to find these at as they are an international company

    • Jans Humbert says:

      i bought several boxes of fairy lights in the xmas section at walmart last christmas

  2. Where did you purchase your fairy lights. I am having a terrible time finding them.
    Such a cute idea.
    Thanks kindly.

  3. Where do i get lights ?

  4. Can you tell me what size watering can I need? Really not sure and I need to order as soon as possible. The idea of fairy lights flowing from a watering can is ace!!!! Thank you.

  5. I totally love the watering can and I do believe I’m going to try it!!!! Thank you Julie for putting it on your fb page!!!!

  6. Hi,

    What a really cool idea! You can use battery powered lights so you can put them just about anywhere, my daughter just loves fairies so this will be great for her to play and have a secret fairy garden,

    thanks again,


  7. Love this idea! The 9-strand spray of lights–did they have just 1 battery pack, or did each string have battery pack like the other ones you recommended?

  8. LORI phelps says:


  9. Are the fairy lights solar? And can they withstand rain and blowing dirt? Battery powered means I’d have to go outside on a daily basis and turn them off and on. 🙁

  10. The strands u used for the watering cans, did each strand have their own battery pack? I clicked on the iconwhere it said these exact strands will work as well, but there were only 8 pack on Amazon. Did the 9 pack come in as u said they were sold out. I found a 9 pack on Amazon but each has their own battery pack. I want to make this for my sister for her b’day. Please help. Thank u.

  11. Love the watering can snd the lights it’s an amazing idea.
    Could you let me know where to get the lights from plze regards jackie

  12. Can you please notify me when these lights come in again? Please and thank you.

  13. Where do I find e the fairy lights?

    • I found them on Amazon and If you order from Wish, they do take awhile since they come from China. Mine were soft white and one set was a pale yellow LED garland so they still have a soft glow, not that blaring white type of LED lights. had them much cheaper and free shipping but again you have to wait about 6 weeks. They are battery operated and its has the type of battery that is flat and round which came with the lights. I haven’t had to buy the batteries yet since they came with them and I don’t keep the lights on all the time. Also Lights and Dé have all kinds of garland and fairy lights from battery to electric ranging from $2.77 to $ 4.00. They also have them in soft white and other choices. Hope that helps.

  14. Dianne Lilley says:

    I have made this. I used solar lights straight string lights and weaved them in and out of the holes. I made the holes bigger. My watering can has been painted white with a maple leaf on it. It turned out great. I purchased the light on Amazon. They are the LED Solar Copper String Lights. There are 2 strings in the package. The price is about $30.00

  15. I made these with solar lights.

  16. OMG! HAHA! It’s so cute. Definitely something I want i my garden. Anyways, thank you for sharing this. It’s so lovely. 🙂

  17. Michael kelly says:

    Is there any way to make the fairy lights for the watering can dust to dawn. Or made so you could use a timer?

  18. Joya Long says:

    I want to put the water can at my daughter gravesite so I need solar. Where did you purchase the solar lights Connie Johnson?

  19. Krishni says:

    Looks absolutely stunning.I lI’ve in Durban,South Africa.Is there some place local I can purchase the lights?

  20. Hello 🙂
    Very nice, that you like my idea and release it! There is my original watering can 🙂