I can’t believe I am dedicating a whole post to a garbage can. This is no ordinary waste basket though. It is uncommonly pretty and it looks way better than the garbage that I was previously using in my craft room aka workshop. For the longest time I was doing the ol’ hang a plastic grocery bag by the closet door knob and use it as your garbage trick. While this works well to hold the garbage, it doesn’t look too hot. I like my new waste basket much better.
The handles are wrapped in leather and a darling tag with a photo of a pair of vintage scissors hints to the purpose of this basket. I got the leather from an old pair of boots that I had been saving for the past oh, three years or so.
I first cut up the leather boots to get two rectangle pieces of leather. I used a long strip of double sided tape on the handle and attached one leather strip. I wrapped a leather strip around each handle of the waste basket. I used double sided tape because I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I wanted the option of taking it off if it turned out horrible looking or if I decided I didn’t like it. So far I love it and it has held up just fine.
I wanted to add something on the front of the basket to designate what it was. What screams garbage without looking like garbage? I racked my brain and came up with scissors. When you use scissors you get waste. Perfect match and it comes with the added bonus that scissors can be pretty. I used this image of vintage scissors to designate the purpose of this pretty little basket. I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to make the tag.
It was also important to me to keep the basket clean so I put in a cheap trash can from Ikea to be the actual holder of the garbage. I am sure many people have been doing this for a while but I kind of had my own Aha moment with this. An plain garbage inside a pretty garbage. The ultimate decorating disguise. I can also line the inside trash can with a plastic bag and the outer waste basket is still as stylish as ever.