Holiday Decor Idea

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Want an easy holiday décor idea that also makes a nice hostess gift? This project is so easy you may want to make a few.
I saw this small white plastic trashcan in my local Family Dollar Store, and knew I could use it for a project. It was last year right before Christmas, and the container was very cheap. Any small or medium sized white plastic container would work - even a basket. Look for something like this...
Embellish the container with holiday themed tissue or wrapping paper. I like using plaid or with a design with an easily cut horizontal line. You could cover the entire bin, but I liked the way the white background with holiday plaid looked as trim.
Once I measured and cut the paper and decided where on the bin I would place it, I painted on a coat of Triple Thick glaze (my 'go to' product!), placed the paper, then applied another coat over the paper, making sure to cover the edges. Triple Thick dries fairly quickly, but I would give it overnight before continuing.
Best product ever!
Once the trim paper has dried overnight, fill the container with shatterproof glass or metal ornaments with a string of white lights or fairy lights.
This would look great with blue and silver for Hanukkah, or if you wanted to make it even easier, tie a wide holiday ribbon around the bin and glue it into place (so the ribbon doesn't slide down).
It looks beautiful when the lights are low, and the ornaments and lights shine through.

Suggested materials:

  • Small/Medium White Plastic Trash Can or Bin   (Dollar Store or Family Dollar Store)
  • Holiday Tissue or Wrapping Paper   (Any store)
  • Triple Thick or Mod Podge   (Michael's or Hobby Lobby)
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  • Marcia Potter Marcia Potter on Dec 06, 2016
    Thank you! I thought it turned out pretty as well, an it truly was so easy to make! And cheap! I made a similar basket years ago, with a wicker basket, pine cones and lights, and a plaid ribbon secured around the basket. I dragged that thing out every Christmas for years, and received so many positive comments from friends and family.

  • Toni Johnson Toni Johnson on Dec 06, 2016
    Very pretty, I love the fairy light idea. I have a small plastic opaque container I found at work that they were going to throw away and thought, ya know I could do something with this, lol. I may have to try something like this with that and see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing, and happy holidays to you

    • Marcia Potter Marcia Potter on Dec 06, 2016
      To you as well Toni! Any size container works - just size the ornaments and length of fairy lights to match the container. And with fairy lights, you can place the container anywhere!