From Garbage Bin to Winter Planters

by Melanie
3 Materials
2 Hours

The look this year for winter planters seems to be wood, particularly a birch bark look. I unfortunately refuse to pay the outrageous price most want for these planters. I was searching for a container to use to create my own and found the perfect thing at my go to place. The Dollar Store of course!

Garbage Bin

So I know this seems kind of strange but trust me. It's going to look great. I bought 3 of these. They had a white powder on them so I wiped them with a damp cloth.

Vinyl Peel and Stick Planks

So my other purchase from the Dollar store was this Peel and Stick Vinyl Plank Wood. I bought two of these. By now you should be able to get an idea where I'm headed with this idea of mine. You are going to take a piece of the Peel and stick plank, remove backing and begin wrapping your garbage bin with it. Rub with your hand to remove air bubbles. One piece will not go around the whole bin so you will have to cut and piece. Repeat process for two other bins.

Transformation Complete

So here is the finished bins.

Adding soil

Next I added some soil from my garden to my bins this is to put my greenery in. If you don't have a garden, you can buy bags of soil at Home Depot , Walmart etc. Fill bins about 3/4 quarters full.

Adding Greenery

I am fortunate that I don't have to buy my greenery. I cut every year from my mom's yard. You can get greenery free from tree lots, or check out your Home Depot, mine is now selling planter kits that includes your greenery and fillers. You can also purchase from garden centers individually. Begin filling your bin.

Planter Complete

So here is my planter complete. Two more to go!

I love how these turned out. You can choose to add a bow. You can check out my cross country skis post to see how to make them.

These were super easy to make and total cost was $14.00!

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  • Penny-Marie Penny-Marie on Nov 04, 2021

    Why did you use dirt when you don't have live plants in them? Isn't there other things heavy enough that would work just as well, possibly at less cost?

  • Donna M. Boshaw Donna M. Boshaw on Nov 10, 2021

    I love this idea and yours are beautiful!

  • Sharleen Sharleen on Dec 04, 2023

    How does the peel and stick plank hold up in the winter . Outside if it’s wet or in rain

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  • P P on Oct 13, 2023

    Please, for safety's sake, consider adding a handrail on one or both sides of your steps! Our latest home owners insurance review REQUIRED handrails & they may be building code required now in your area, as they are in ours.

  • Chi25888441 Chi25888441 on Dec 04, 2023

    These look very similar to ones in Costco. They were reasonable- but YOU are thrifty. Love it.