When you’re SO over your boring trash can this might be the easiest and cutest way to totally transform it!

How to make a cute decoupaged tree art recycle bin or trash can. Includes free printable pattern!

  • easy tree art recycle bin or trash can tutorial
I recently moved to a new city and it has been hectic to say the least! However one of the bright sides of moving has been my new city’s recycling program. In my old city they used really small, open crates to hold household recyclables. They totally stunk. In my new city you get a full sized rolling cart that’s exactly like a standard trash cart! Score!
Since the new outdoor bin really gave me the opportunity to increase the amount of materials my family can recycle from our home, I decided a new , larger (garbage can size) recycle bin was in order for my kitchen. I found this one at Wal-mart for less than $10. It matched the trash can I already had on hand for garbage but I needed a way for my kids to be able to differentiate between the two. Here’s how I solved the problem.
  • easy tree art recycle bin or trash can tutorial
First I sketched and cut out a tree from a roll of brown craft/wrapping/shipping paper.
  • easy tree art recycle bin or trash can tutorial
Then I glued and sealed it on the front of the can using Mod Podge.
  • easy tree art recycle bin or trash can tutorial
Next I cut out leaves from scrapbook paper.
  • easy tree art recycle bin or trash can tutorial
I glued and sealed them in place as well.
  • easy tree art recycle bin or trash can tutorial
I printed and cut out the word “recycle” and added it the top with Mod Podge as well.
  • easy tree art recycle bin or trash can tutorial
Then I was all done!
  • easy tree art recycle bin or trash can tutorial
For good measure I ended up adding “trash” to the top of the other can. Maybe (just maybe) my kids won’t mix them up now!
This project was super, quick and easy. If you want to make it even easier, be sure to click on the link below and see the full tutorial on my site. There I have uploaded the pattern for the tree I made as a free printable.
Hope you enjoyed and until next time, happy recycling!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Trash Can   (Wal-mart)
  • Mod Podge   (Craft Store)
  • Scrapbook Paper   (Craft Store)