Plastic Cup Garbage Can

Plastic Cup Garbage Can

My best friend Jenny had a brilliant craft idea the other day (BTW, it was recently her birthday!  Happy Birthday, Best Friend!).  She told me that being the busy on the go mom that she is, she always keeps a large fast food plastic cup in her car for all the litter she accrues throughout the day from having four kids.  This plastic cup garbage can for her car is very handy; she admitted however her main complaint is that it’s ugly.  So, together we decided to make a car garbage can by recycling large plastic fast food cups.  Similar to making a recycled drink container sunglasses case or pencil holder.

Here is what you need:

  • Large plastic cup with a lid
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Paper Cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Embellishments like craft punches or stickers (optional)

Here are the cups we used.  Make sure it fits in the cup holder of your car!  Some are too large.  It’s also best if you have a lid to hide the trash.

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We picked out some of our favorite patterns and colors and using a paper cutter, cut out strips to decoupage onto the cup.  The angles of your strips will vary depending on the size and circumference of your cup… this part is a bit tricky.

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Using a decoupage medium, apply several layers onto the cup allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

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Embellish your cup however you’d like.  We used craft punches for flowers and circles for the lid and stickers to spell out “trash”.

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Allow it to dry completely… tah dah!  There you have it… an aesthetically pleasing trash can for your car!

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I hope you enjoyed this creative way to recycle plastic!

 

**Being the creative recycler that I am, I am excited to partner up with Arrowhead® 100% Mountain Spring Water’s ReBorn™ Bottle made with 50% recycled plastic! Join me and Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water in the recycling movement today! What are some creative crafty ways to recycle a plastic water bottle?** #Spon

 

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4 Comments

  1. That is a very creative idea. I saw your post on the Creative Ideas from Moms board and I linked it to Eco-Kids Tuesday because it seemed perfect for their linky. We will have to try your idea as it would be nice to have somewhere to put the little bits of trash in the car. This is where I added your post: [http://organicaspirations.blogspot.com/2013/03/diy-healthy-popsicle-and-eco-kids.html].

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