Give Your Stainless Steel Garbage Can A Fun Decoupage Makeover

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3 Hours

I love stainless steel, but I don't love cleaning it all the time.

My flip top stainless steel kitchen garbage can seemed to always need wiping so I decided it needed a makeover.

I had everything I needed including the $1 roll of dollar store polka dot wrapping paper, which was left over from another project.

The first thing I did was measure around the can so I could cut the right size piece of wrapping paper.

I cut one large piece to go all the way around the can. I applied mod podge to the can surface only about 3-4 inches at a time... and worked my way around.

I smoothed the paper with my hands as I went.

For the top I measured the sides and cut a a piece to fit.

After the side piece of the lid was decoupaged on I measured the top, cut out the circle, and applied it with the mod podge. Again, I just applied the mod podge to the can surface.

Once it was dry I gave it 3 coats of the mod podge.

And here's my finished garbage can. Now it never looks like it needs cleaning.

There are so many wrapping paper patterns out there that your garbage can could easily match whatever your room's decor might be.

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  • Wanda Ezell Pichon Wanda Ezell Pichon on Jan 18, 2018
    wont that tear pretty easy with all the action a garbe can gets. I have used mod podge a lot but not sure how it would stand up.

  • Monique Monique on Oct 22, 2019
    How clever & adorable is that?? Not to mention the easiness & inexpensive way to brighten a "trash can"!!! Use mod podge for so many craft projects & it now comes in so many choices!

  • Jackie Winnell Jackie Winnell on Oct 25, 2019

    Great idea, Just a comment, this works just as well with sticky back paper or Fablon and it’s wipeable with bleach. 👌

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