Easy DIY Patio Recycling Bin

July 07, 2015

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, in May, my friend Jenny and I threw a huge surprise 30th birthday party for our husbands. They're best friends, so what better way to celebrate than together? :)

We did lots of crafts in preparation for the party. I also used it as an excuse to finally make the patio recycling bin I've been planning on making since I finished our budget patio makeover last year. 

DIY Patio Recycling Bin using an Ikea trash can and vinyl lettering

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I bought this metal trash can from Ikea last summer, and it's been sitting in the garage waiting for me ever since.

DIY Patio Recycling Bin using an Ikea trash can and vinyl lettering

This was my first project using my Silhouette Portrait, and I'm glad I picked something super easy to start off with! I ordered vinyl from My Vinyl Direct. Since it was my first Silhouette project, I just chose a simple font and used the cutting feature to cut the letters out on the vinyl. After weeding the letters, I used contact paper as my transfer paper to place the letters onto the lid.

DIY Patio Recycling Bin using an Ikea trash can and vinyl lettering

I wanted the letters to curve around the lid, so I cut each letter out individually on the contact paper and did my best to center them. Then I removed the backing, placed each letter down, and carefully smoothed out the contact paper. Then I slowly lifted the corner of the contact paper, making sure the letter remained on the lid as I removed the contact paper. I smoothed each letter onto the lid with the Silhouette scraper when I was finished. 

DIY Patio Recycling Bin using an Ikea trash can and vinyl lettering

Tah dah! I think it turned out okay for my first try! What do you think?

DIY Patio Recycling Bin using an Ikea trash can and vinyl lettering

This will go perfectly next to my DIY bar cart! It will be great for beer cans/bottles when we have outdoor get togethers with friends and family!

DIY Patio Recycling Bin using an Ikea trash can and vinyl lettering

Pardon the terrible picture below. I was in quite the hurry on party day and had to snap a few pics before we were finished setting up... but you get the idea!!!

DIY Patio Recycling Bin using an Ikea trash can and vinyl lettering


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  1. Love this! I get so excited each week to see what you have been working on because it’s always AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can party!!!! Lou Lou Girls

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