Up-cycling An Ear-less Goodwill Pig Watering Can

 In a recent blog post, I shared my thrift shop finds from November.

This Smith & Hawkins copper pig watering can was one of my finds.  I purchased it on Black Friday at a Goodwill in the Twin Cities, so I paid $3 (50% off) for the pig. It still had the tags on it.  I think it was from Target.



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 When I bought it, and when I shared it,  I hadn't noticed that the pig had no ears.

I think the ears were made from a resin and were broken off.

I found this photo of a Smith and Hawkins pig watering can on the internet.

First I painted the copper watering can with two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint CAVIAR.

I very, very lightly damp sanded the paint with a paper towel, mostly around the edges.  My paint was fresh and not cured, and it came off very readily.

Next, I printed the internet photo of the pig watering can from the internet.

I printed the internet photo as an 8" x 10" on my inkjet printer, not checking "fit to page".

The watering can printout was very close actual size, so I cut out the ear, and traced it onto the back of a scrap of leather.  I flipped my pattern over and traced the second ear and cut them out.

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I waxed the watering can with Dixie Belle Big Mama's Butta.

I ran a bead of hot glue along the top of each leather ear and positioned them on the pig's head.

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Even though I'm not a big fan of copper, I hadn't planned on painting the watering can until I noticed the ears were missing.

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I also won't be using the the pig as a watering can, I have a plastic one I use for this task.

This pig will be just for decor purposes!

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I stuck some faux greenery in the water filling hole.

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3 comments

  1. Oh, Carlene. For once I must disagree with you. I am a big fan of copper and I liked Mr. Piggy better in his copper suit. You did a good job with the ears. You probably could have cut some metal ones from a soda can also - that's pretty thin aluminum. I admire your persistency in refurbishing all the finds you come across. I'll keep on watching!

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  2. Thanks for giving that piggy some much needed ears, made all the difference in the world.... I love your imagination to make things so much better than when you found them. Keep up the great ideas!!!!

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  3. Mr.Pig is so cute! Great idea with 'new' ears!

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