Trashcan Upcycle: Scrapbook Paper + Mod Podge Makeover

So you know when you buy all of the matching decor items for your little kid’s bedroom and then a year or two later they outgrow it? Yeah, this happened to me. But now I have an easy solution for a themed trashcan makeover. Mod Podge + Scrapbook Paper.

mod podge trashcan makeoverYeah, why didn’t I think of this before? Just a few little supplies transformed her butterfly trashcan into a cupcake themed one (her choice of course).

You just need:

  • Old trashcan
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Foam brush
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors

mod podge scrapbook paper trash canStart by tracing out each side of your trashcan (only if it’s rectangular; if it’s round you’ll have to piece together your paper to fit the circumference).

scrapbook paper mod podge trash canTrim along your pencil lines on the scrapbook paper with your scissors.  Then it’s time to Mod Podge. I put a thin layer right on the outside of the trashcan and placed the trimmed out paper carefully on top. Smooth out all of the edges.

mod podge scrapbook paper trashcanTrim off any excess you may have around the edges with an exacto knife.

scrapbook paper mod podge trashcanThen add a thicker layer of Mod Podge all over the outside of the trashcan. This will protect the scrapbook paper and make the trashcan easy to wipe down when it gets yucky.

mod podge trash can makeoverI mean, c’mon. I had most of the supplies so only had to buy 4 new pieces of scrapbook paper. Total cost? $1 (thanks to a sale on paper at Michael’s). My kinda makeover.

trash can scrapbook paper mod podge


trashcan scrapbook paper mod podge

mod podge trashcan makeover

scrapbook paper covered trashcan


  1. titicrafty says

    I just love it! what cute and lovely idea for my little girl’s bedroom. I’m you new follower!!! I have a Link Party every Sunday to Wednesdays, It would be so cool if you could join me if you’d like!

    Hope you are having a lovely day

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

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