Transform Your Ugly, Old Trash Can

3 Materials
30 Minutes

Our bedroom trash can had seen better days so a while back I decided to update it. Sure I could have bought a new one, but I was able to give it a new look in about 30 minutes, using things I already had. I didn’t have to spend anything, and I didn’t have to leave the house! (Sometimes with a 2 year old, it’s more of a pain than it’s worth 🤪)

This is the exact one I have (and have probably had for 10+ years).

To update it I used:

•Hot glue gun

•Jute rope

•Macrame cord

I started gluing under the lip at the top so you don’t see end of the rope. I put a thin bead of hot glue about 1/3 of the way around the top and carefully glued the rope down. I made sure not to overdo it with the glue so that it didn’t seep out from under the rope and burn my fingers. You could absolutely use something to press it down into the glue or wear gloves to be safe. I didn’t have any issues but I might have just gotten lucky!

I continued the bead of glue around the whole top. I wanted the first wrap around the trash can to be nice and secure, so I made sure that every part of the rope was glued down.

As I continued, I was able to use less glue. The photo above shows how I would put short a line of glue about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long then skip a few inches and repeat. As you glue the rope down, pull it taut and press it up as close to the piece above it as you can so there aren’t any gaps between the “rows” of rope.

I continued this a little over halfway down the trash can and switched to using macrame cord. I thought the two different types would give it a little more interest.

I repeated the process until I got to the bottom of the trash can. I decided to add a little of the macrame cord around the lip at the top so that it was covered as well.

There are lots of ways you could tweak this to fit your style! They make several colors of macrame cord and both the cord and the jute rope come in basically any width you could want. Of course, the thinner the material the more times you’ll have to go around the trash can, so this would take more time. For reference, the jute I used was probably about 4mm in width and the cord was 5 or 6mm I think. I used them both previously to make plant hangers so I already had them at the house!

I did this about a year ago and it’s in perfect shape! Maybe if I stopped eating snacks in bed I wouldn’t even need a trash can in the bedroom but I’ll worry about that another time 🤣 For now at least I have a cute trash can when I need it!

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  • Ree Ree on Sep 06, 2021

    How much - a guesstimate - on the average - jute and/or macrame for an "average" basket/bucket - 1.5' tall, 12" around... ?

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  • Charlene Charlene on Aug 24, 2021

    First off I love the upgrade! Looks sharp! Secondly, everyone knows snacks taste BETTER in bed so keep on snackin’! 😁

  • Patty Patty on Sep 19, 2021

    Love the color combo. Looks great. I agree with the snacks. I have a trash can next to my bed too for snacks. Lol