Recycled Magazine Garbage Can

As someone who hates to throw anything away, I was super excited to find a use for magazines I have already read through. (Note: I would actually recycle old magazines, not throw them away, but I would rather find a way for me to personally reuse them).

Okay, first things first.

You have to make A LOT of paper strips. I have found that Martha Stewart’s magazine is the best for this. Her paper quality is quite high – if you use some of the “cheaper” feeling magazine pages they tend to tear.

First, cut the page in half lengthwise –

Then cut each half in half again.

Next, fold in one side of the strip to the center of the page.

Now fold the other side to the center also.

Now fold one of those sides to the center.

Repeat with the other side.

Now fold down the center – like a taco.

Woo-hoo! You have made your first strip! Now repeat SOOOOO many times. You are going to need LOTS & LOTS of these strips!

Do you have all your strips ready? Now onto the coiling.

For the bottom of your waste basket, start with one strip and start rolling it. I like to hot glue every couple of inches to really make sure it holds up.

Once you get that rolled all the way, just hot glue on another strip and keep on rolling.

And another and another and another…

Eventually you will have a base the size you want for your garbage can.

Now just start hot-gluing your strips in circles. Sometimes, I glue several strips together to get a “fatter” circle with lots of color.

Here again, make circles to your little heart’s content!

Got those? Now glue, glue, glue!

Once you have your garbage can the height you would like it…

Shellac that puppy! I put several coats on my garbage can. Even with the shellac, I would not recommend using this in the kitchen or bathroom (after all it is paper), but it is perfect for a bedroom or office or den!

Thanks for looking at my creation!


Garbage Find! Wooden Planter Boxes

So, I love garbage. I mean I really love it. My husband Jason & I try to never “buy” furniture or decorations. He is basically a genius when it comes to making things ( I may be slightly biased). And I love diy projects. We are a power couple 🙂

I was super happy to find these in the garbage about a month ago. There are four identical boxes. I like the rustic look, but these were just really blah on my front steps so I decided to paint them. I was waiting for a day that was neither raining nor windy, but since this is Minnesota I got tired of waiting and went with the wind.

I like to use what I have on hand, which in this case was a red of sorts – not attractive!

I also had black in my basement, so I brought that baby out and set to spraying. I then “layered” the black with the red to get this look.

Overall, I like them. I realize this is not my most exciting project, but I needed planters and these met my top criterion – FREE!!!

So here are my four flower boxes. Now I am off to buy some gorgeous flowers to actually put them to use!

     Just a quick update – I bought my flowers – oh how I love color!!!