Upcycled Trash Can

Upcycled Trash Can

Give an old trash can a new life with this Upcycled Trash Can tutorial from Cristin Frank.  With some colorful paper and a little Mod Podge, you can create a cute bathroom accessory for pennies on the dollar.  This is a great way to liven up your bathroom if you're looking to experiment with new colors or styles in your bathroom or bedroom.  Simply revamp your old trash can and you have a brand new accessory in minutes.

trash can


  • Old trash can
  • Spray paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Fabric or paper



  1. The inside of the can was rusty, so I spray painted it - and got the lip.

    trash can
  2. Then I went straight for the Mod Podge. I applied it to the can with a foam brush.  If your fabric is thin, or light colored, spray paint the whole piece so the image doesn't show through.

    trash can
  3. Then I rolled the fabric on and smoothed out the bubbles.
  4. Once the fabric was in place, I went over the outside with another coat of Mod Podge.

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