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

Cheap and Easy Mod Podge Photo Frames

While walking through the aisles of a home décor big box store the other day, I saw some adorable picture frames that I desperately wanted for my daughter’s bedroom… except they were $25 each. Yeah, not gonna happen. So instead I decided to make my own and I’m super happy with the results!

mod podge scrapbook paper wood framesI snagged these wooden photo frames from Michael’s for $3 each. They also had $1 versions, but I liked the thickness and durability of these.

wood frames from michaelsI chose some pretty scrapbook paper to match my daughter’s bedroom décor and traced it out around the frame.

scrapbook paper embellished wood framesI also removed the backing and glass to trace and trim out the inner part of the frame as well (I just used a pair of scissors and an exacto knife to t

scrapbook paper embellished wood frameNext I adhered the scrapbook paper to the frame using Antique Matte Mod Podge

Oh my, how I LOVE this stuff! It has a bit of a yellowish-brownish tint to it so it gives the antiqued look and feel. Just a quick coat before I placed the paper on the frame and two coats on top of the paper to seal it in.

antique mod podge picture framesOnce that was dried I added some beautiful floral embellishments that I picked up on clearance from Michaels {major score here}.

floral embellishments on wood framesAnd that’s it. Seriously a 10 minute project for some super cute frames that only cost me 20% of the retail price I saw in the store. Gotta love that.

mod podge scrapbook paper wood frames

flower mod podge photo framesTotal price breakdown:

  • Frames: $3 each
  • Scrapbook paper: less than $1
  • Floral embellishments: $2 on clearance
  • Antique Matte Mod Podge: $8 (but I had it in my craft stash)

flower mod podge picture frames

mod podge flower picture frames

mod podge picture frames