Check out my new custom wastebasket! This project came about because I needed a wastebasket for my home office. It needed to have a swing lid. If it had no lid my dogs would dig out the chocolate wrappers and if it had a foot operated lid I would have to get out of my chair to put stuff in it. What I didn’t realize was how hard it would be to find a small wastebasket with a swing lid. After a couple of months of looking, I finally found one at Lowes Hardware. It was cream colored, it was plastic, and it was shiny. BUT, it was cheap. $6.99 cheap. So I bought it and decided to give it a makeover.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cheapo swing lid waste basket ($6.99)
- 1 unloved hardback novel from the thrift store ($1)
- scrabble tiles to spell OUTBOX or TRASH (I got mine at goodwill for $1, these were already black)
- Liquid Nails Glue It
- Mod Podge Matte
- Spong brush
- Spray Primer
Take the lid off the can and pop the little swingy bit off. If it is like mine, you just pull the side out a little and slip the hole off of the peg. It is held on by tension. Take the wastebasket parts outside and spray them with primer. Do 2 thin coats, letting it dry in between. This will make everything stick better.
Here it is with it’s fresh coat of primer. It already looks better because it isn’t so shiny and screaming PLASTIC.
Tear a bunch of pages out of the book (this won’t hurt) and then tear the margins off so you don’t have so much blank space. Then tear the pages into trips about 1 1/2″ wide. You can tear several at once and they don’t have to be perfect or all the same size.
Using the sponge brush, apply Mod Podge to a small area of the wastebasket and apply a paper strip vertically. Brush a little more Mod Podge over the strip. If you put too much, it can cause bubbles to form under the paper but you can smooth those out with your fingers while it is still wet. Continue adding strips, applying the Mod Podge to just a small area at a time. Stagger the papers so you get a random look. Place some right side up and some upside down. Be sure to overlap them slightly. I worked on a piece of waxed paper to protect everything from the stickiness.
When you get to the opening of the can, fold the strips over to the inside so a couple of inches of the inside is also covered. For curvy areas on the lid, work with smaller pieces of paper and tear little notches at the edge to help you fold it neatly over the curves. I should have taken a photo of this but my fingers were covered in glue and there was no one here to help. Try not to let the paper or Mod Podge build up too thickly around the edges of the lid, because you want it to still be able to swing freely.
Let everything dry (overnight is best) and then add another coat of Mod Podge the next day.
Once that coat is dry, it is time for the letters. To make sure they were centered, and to keep them from sliding down as they dried, I clipped my metal ruler to the swing part of the lid. Take note of where the center of the lid is, according to the ruler, and work from there out. Apply some of the Glue It to the back of the middle letter and press it on, making sure you don’t put so much that it oozes out everywhere. That would look messy and might even glue the ruler to your lid! The letters will sit on top of the ruler so they won’t slide as they dry.
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This project and accompanying photos are ©2011 Melisa McCurley, https://www.toadinaboat.com.