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how to draw a watering can

How To Draw A Watering Can (Step By Step Tutorial)

I recently wanted to draw a garden scene full of flowers and other garden tools for some reason. The one main item I knew I had to include was a watering can which led me to search for a specific one that I could include in my drawing.

Overall the structure of a watering can is generally the same although you will find a few design variations. For this specific drawing, I’ve chosen a metal can that has a thin and long water sprout.

If you would like to learn how to draw a watering can and use it in your drawings too, I’ve put together a step-by-step drawing tutorial that will show you how to go about doing so.

So, grab your pencil or pen and let’s get sketching.

Reference Image

Before we begin, let’s look and analyse our drawing before we get started.

watering can drawing reference

As you can see, this watering can have a long body and a thin water sprout that’s placed halfway down the body of the can.

There’s also the handle that curves into an angle based on the positioning of the water can. You also have quite a large opening to fill the water and lastly, we have a curved handle at the very top of the water can.

These small details will help us figure out and keep in mind where things are supposed to be but just remember that you aren’t committed to the reference and you can change it up in any way that you would like your drawing to be.

Steps For Drawing A Watering Can

Step 1

Step 1

Now it’s time to begin with our very first step and that is to lightly sketch the structure of the can in pencil so that we can make adjustments and erase certain areas.

To begin, draw a rectangle and measuring it according to how long the can looks in the reference.

You’ll then want to draw an oval right on top of that rectangle and you’ll be left with something that looks like the above drawing.

Step 2

Step 2

For this step, you’ll want to erase the middle line at the top of the circle you have drawn in the previous step and make the bottom of the can more rounded.

You’ll then want to draw two long lines from halfway down the can and join it off with a short angled line and this will be the hose.

Step 3

Watering can step 3

Next, we’ll be working on the can opening. Begin by drawing a curved line up from midway of the top of the can and draw two lines coming down on either side to create this dome shape. You’ll also want to erase those lines where I have down since the handle of the drawing can will be placed here.

Step 4

how to draw a watering can step 4

For the handle, draw two lines curving up but tapering off into small lines and make sure to close off any open spaces you might have missed. You’ll also want to ensure that you handle is placed further down from the top of the watering can.

Step 5

how to draw a watering can step 5

Now all that’s left is to draw two other lines going down in a curve to complete the top handle.

You can use the can opening to gauge where the handle parts are supposed to end and this will make it easier.

To draw the other handle, all you need to do is draw two curved lines and then join it to the can as shown above.

And your watering can drawing is practically complete. You can proceed to add the final details if you like and that’s by drawing those curved lines across the body of the cans.

If you want to have your watering can look more simple, then leave out these lines.

Final Image

watering can drawing tutorial

You can begin to shade your drawing in if you please but here’s a rough idea of how it will look if you had to focus on the shading.

The opening of the can needs to be blocked in with a black and to give this watering can more dimension and shape, you can easily shade the lower end of the sprout and continue to shade the left-hand side of the water can as well as the bottom.

Once that is completed, you can add a light shading on the handles of the watering can and that’s pretty much all it needs.


Drawing a watering can was more fun that I thought it would be. Of course, there are plenty of other watering cans with different shapes and sizes that might be even more fun but this is a great place to start.

It isn’t too complicated to draw and you could even draw flowers coming out of the opening for extra effects.

Before I head off, if you want to draw a few other garden-themed items, then here’s a butterfly drawing and a carrot drawing that will fit in really well.

Anyway, if you found this tutorial on how to draw a watering can helpful, leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

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