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Friday, February 7, 2014

Frugal February -day 7- Pretty up the trash cans

The trash cans have been bugging me. We had several plain white plastic ones that we keep lined with white trash bags, but they just looked messy the way the bag hangs around the top and plain white plastic is just blah....


After - 4 pretty trash cans that don't make me frown when I look at them.
So, I got out  the Mod Podge, recycled brown shipping paper and some decorative quilt print paper. 

That trash can below, under the sink, is how they all started out.

The quilt paper is from a bargain thrift store purchase years ago, it had lots of paper in it and I've used it for several projects and to wrap gifts.


After I decopaged them all. I sewed big garters to camouflage and hold the trash bags in place.
These 2 are in the breakfast room. One is for ordinary trash, the other is for recycles. 
The birds were cut with a Cricut.
This one is the play room.  I actually decopaged this can a few years ago but it never looked quite as pretty as I wanted it too.  It really needed the garter at the top.
The crazy quilt one is for the master bathroom,


The garters are just long strips of fabric, about 2.5 times as long as the top circumference of each can. I sewed them right sides together and left both ends of the tube open to turn it right side out. Then I sewed a 1 inch casing down the center and added the elastic to fit the can. Then just secure the elastic and finish sewing the end seam. 

The small cans ruffles are 3 inches wide finished, 4 inches for the bigger cans. 

13 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, those are so cute! You did a great job on them...what a neat idea! :-)

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  2. They turned out so cute! Mine are very blah looking to me now. haha.

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  3. Love the garter idea!! Wonderful way to keep the trash bag in place and they look sew nice!

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  4. What a clever idea! They turned out so nice. I better get busy with mine! I have one ugly plastic one next to my chair in the living room, and one next to the computer that is just as ugly, different color. One more thing to add to my list of things to do.

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  5. Cute! I am going to do this for the trash can in Megan's room.

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  6. What a cute idea! I have a brown wicker basket in my bathroom and have always hated the plastic bag hanging over the edge. I think that I know what I will be doing this cold snowy weekend.

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  7. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  8. what a great idea! my trashcans look like your before photos, and they bug me, too.

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  9. LOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing ... I will certainly add it to my crafting "to-do" list.
    Mrs.B

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  10. Oh my! So that is how you can make trash cans look like furniture -- you dress them up! You are so generous for sharing your ideas and projects!

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  11. I really like these wastebaskets. I am going to have to re-do some of mine!

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