How to Decoupage a Garbage Can
Garbage cans are one of those things that we don’t really want to need to have, but we all have garbage and we need a place to put it.
There’s no reason why your garbage can shouldn’t be pretty to look at. When you decoupage a garbage can you can make it fit in with any decor style or colour scheme, and with my handy dandy free 10 MUST-HAVE Decoupage Tools & Supplies printable that you can access at the bottom of this post you’ll know know all the supplies that you need to get started with decoupage.
When I posted my china cabinet makeover of a makeover I mentioned that the replaced polka dots that were stealing that show would be showing up somewhere else in the kitchen. So here they are today adding their star quality to a completely different project.
I’m a fan of garbage cans with lids, and I’ve had this stainless steel one in my kitchen for years. I tend to keep things pretty much forever.
It’s been so long I don’t even remember where I got it.
There’s nothing really wrong with it. It’s just missing some much needed personality to make it stand out in the garbage can crowd.
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How to Decoupage a Garbage Can with Gift Wrap
I measured around the garbage can with my tape measure.
For my garbage can this polka dot wrapping paper is perfect, but use whatever paper you love… there are endless patterns and colours out there.
After cutting the size of gift wrap that I needed, with about 2″ extra at the top, I applied the Mod Podge to the can about 6″ at a time.
I somehow managed to misplace my brayer, so I was left to smoothing the paper out with my hands as I went.
I cut around the foot pedal for the flip top lid with my exacto knife…
… and continued the paper under the pedal, patching it a bit. It’s not pretty, but it won’t be seen so I’m not worried about it.
Here you can see the inside of the top of the can where I mod podged the overlap in place.
TIP: When decoupaging with thin paper like gift wrap what works best for me is to not coat the paper at all, but just the surface to where the paper is being applied. Also I don’t topcoat the paper until it’s totally dry. This worked for this project but also for these reverse decoupaged chandelier crystals and these photos decoupaged on canvas frames.
After the paper is dry I apply 3 or 4 top coats of MP, letting it dry well in between coats.
How to Decoupage a Garbage Can Lid
Next it was time for the lid.
I measured and cut, and then dry fitted around the lid with the outside edge piece at the bottom.
Then I thought… hmm… I wonder what the cut side would look like?
And lo and behold it fit… with the polka dots matching up quite nicely.
Sometimes I’m just dumb lucky! 🙂
I applied the piece to the rim of the lid (somehow my picture of this disappeared) with a bit of the paper over the top edge.
Then I measured across the top of the lid.
After measuring almost every round thing I have in the house, I finally found a baking pan insert that was the perfect lid size.
I marked around it with a pencil and then cut it out.
After putting some MP on the lid I applied my circular piece of gift wrap and smoothed it in place.
After the lid side and top were dry I gave them 3 coats of MP just like the main body of the can.
Here’s what the back looks like.
After cutting around the black lid holder with an exacto knife I did have to patch a bit, but I think it looks ok… and it’s at the back so it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect.
Here’s the before again.
And the fun and funky after.
So how many polka dots does it take to decoupage a garbage can?
Oh yes I counted, in a guesstimating kinda way… and the answer is somewhere between 1100 & 1200. Give or take a few.
That’s a lot of polka dots. 🙂
Now I have to fess up here and tell you that there are a few wrinkles. You can’t see them in the pics, or in person unless you look real close, but they’re there… they’re small, but they’re definitely there.
I’m not a perfectionist so I’m ok with a few wrinkles. I call it character. 🙂
If you decoupage a garbage can to match your decor it just might make you smile too. There are so many patterns and styles of wrapping paper out there that the possibilities are really endless.
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Now every time I look at my garbage can I don’t think of garbage. The stars of this garbage can are the fun and happy polka dots, and they make me smile.
UPDATE: You can now see my completed Under $100 Aqua and Red Kitchen Makeover.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
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