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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Garbage Box Refashion

Garbage cans (or baskets, or pails...who knew there were so many names?) are a part of everybody's home. Often they are the last thing we ever think about sprucing up, yet they can be the most fun. Recently I discovered a need for a garbage can next to my sewing table. Not wanting to spend any money on a new one, I looked around to see what I had on hand to make my own. I was thrilled with the results and especially how fun and easy it was to make! Read on to make your own.

1. Cardboard box (any size you wish)
2. Contact paper (found mine at the Dollar Store)
3. Mod podge (or any glue you have on hand) and a brush
4. Scissors
5. Ribbon

Finding some leftover contact paper from a previous project, I knew it would work perfectly to make a plain boring cardboard box into something pretty and usable. Due to it being leftovers I was not able to cover it as perfectly as if I had a full roll, but ultimately this did not prove to be a problem. No matter how much you have, simply cut the paper to fit the size of your box.
Even though I was using contact paper I was worried that the paper would not permanently stick to the cardboard. As a result I slathered mod podge on the sides before placing the paper on top of it.
As you can see I couldn't fit my pieces perfectly due to having leftover pieces. As a result I placed one strip all around the bottom that came most of the way up the box. Then I took another strip and wrapped it on each side and down the insides of the box.
Lastly, to hide the seam around the middle I tied a matching ribbon to give it some extra flair!
All ready to go! It looks pretty snazzy next to my sewing table too. Now I'll just have to remember not to dump anything liquid into it :)


  1. Perfect. How do I order? I'll take two. One for my bedroom, and the other because Dad always manages to steal my good stuff for the garage...

    Mom S.

    1. Hehe...I'll make you as many as you want! All girly too so Dad won't want to steal them :)