DIY Stenciled Metal Laundry Trash Can

Quick and Easy DIY Stenciled Metal Laundry Trash Can

Laundry Trash and Lint Can

I have had this mini plastic trash can a shelf on top of the dryer in my laundry room for lint and used fabric softener sheets. It’s convenient, but it’s so light weight that every time I put something inside it falls over. Fast forward over a year later, I finally got around to replacing it with a cute metal one. Of COURSE, I couldn’t leave it as is, so here is my tutorial for this DIY stenciled metal laundry trash can.

I know there are machines to add lettering, however stenciling is a great alternative if you don’t have the money to purchase a machine. You can see several of my stenciling projects {here} to get some inspiration on the different DIY projects I have done. Let’s get started on this one.

Here’s What You Need

Time: 30 Minutes


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This is the trash can I found. Purchased at Michael’s, it was on sale and I couldn’t pass it up! 

Laundry Trash Can

I cut out the silk screen letters to spell out “trash and lint”. You can of course do other sayings like:

  • Laundry Sucks
  • Laundry Today or Naked Tomorrow
  • The Best Days End in Dirty Clothes
  • Sort Today, Wash Later, Fold Eventually
  • Laundry, The Never Ending Cycle

You get the picture!

Laundry Trash Can Stencil Idea

I centered each word starting with the middle letter and working my way out.

DIY Stenciled Metal

Use a  foam pouncer to apply the craft paint onto the silk screen letter in a straight up and down motion. Be sure to remove the excess paint on a paper plate before you stencil. You don’t need too much paint.

How to Stencil on Metal

You can pull off the stencil immediately and carefully remove and smudges with your fingers. Be sure to wash the silk screen letters with water before they dry and place them back in the package to use again.

Stenciled Metal Trash Can

The letters will be completely dry in about an hour. I thought this was a nice addition to my laundry room! You can also check out the wooden laundry sign I made and the etched glass detergent containers I made as well. Thanks for checking them out!

DIY Stenciled Metal Laundry Trash Can DIY Inspired

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This post was originally written on January 29, 2016 and has since then been updated and improved.

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  1. You had me at the turquoise trash can, Dinah, but I love how your stenciling turned out too! Super cute AND functional!! Thank you so much for sharing at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

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