How To Build an Affordable DIY Trash Can Enclosure Using Pallets
Is your front yard marred by the unsightly presence of your garbage can? Don't worry; I have an affordable and creative pallet wood project to hide outdoor trash cans.
In this step-by-step guide, I'll walk you through the process of concealing outdoor waste bins while enhancing your home's curb appeal.
This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.
Tools and Materials:
- Two-by-threes or two-by-fours
- Reciprocal saw
- Brad nails
- Decorative elements like vines or pictures
1. Preparing the Pallets
Begin by placing pallets on either side of your outdoor trash bin.
Ensure the two pallets are squared up and the sides are stable.
Make sure to leave enough space between the trash bin and pallets so you can easily move the bin in and out without it rubbing against the pallets.
2. Crafting the Railings
To support the pallet lid we are going to create railings using two-by-threes or two-by-fours.
Measure about seven and a half inches down from the top of each pallet to mark where the railings will go.
Secure them with screws, keeping in mind that not many screws are required due to the lightweight nature of the structure.
3. Creating a Trash Can Cover
Use a reciprocal saw to make three precise cuts on a less desirable pallet, which will serve as the top of your enclosure.
You can sand it down for a polished look but I kept it as is.
Place the lid on top of the railings and secured it with screws.
4. Frame the Opening
To give your enclosure a finished appearance, attach old fence pallets (I used redwood) to the top and sides.
Only a few brad nails are needed to hold them in place, as the structure is not heavy.
5. Final Touches and Decoration
With the enclosure assembled, it's time to add your personal touch. Decorate it with vines, pictures, or any other creative elements that suit your style.
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Now you can say goodbye to the eyesore of your garbage can and hello to improved curb appeal with this DIY trash enclosure project.
Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. I'd love to hear about your experiences with this project and any additional creative ideas for concealing trash cans in the front yard you may have.