How to Dress Up a Wastebasket

Follow the instructions below to create this DIY from HGTV Magazine.

Office Supply DIY

Office Supply DIY

The crafty editors at HGTV Magazine made over a plain wastebasket

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

By: Jodi Kahn and Matthew Gleason

Materials Needed:

  • decorative paper
  • tape (optional)
  • pencil for tracing
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape


Lay a piece of decorative paper on a table with the printed side down. Turn a wastebasket on its side, and lay it on the paper.


Roll the can over the paper, tracing the can’s top and bottom edges as you. If you want, mark a starting point on the wastebasket with tape to make sure you complete a full rotation.

Tip: To get the perfect shape to cover a tapered can, roll the can over the paper, and trace the top arc, then the bottom one.

Cut and Attach

Cut the paper along the markings, and wrap it around the can. Trim to fit. Use double-sided tape to secure the seam where the edges overlap.

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