Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.
As a designer and blogger, I have a bit of an obsession with color. So naturally, I love PANTONE swatches. One day I looked over at my sad little white trash can and I realized that it would be the perfect blank slate to use for a project. Thus, my PANTONE trash can was born. Read on to check out the final product.
It's quirky, colorful and fun… what more could you want from a trash can? Continue Reading
Buddy, if we’d had one of these on the playground when I was a kid, “King of the Hill” would have been a whole different experience.
This ziggurat of zaniness was created by Salzig Design, a graphic and industrial design firm. It was built in Heijplaat, an old neighborhood in Rotterdam, and made from 100 tons of plastic bottle bales.
Check this out…some of the Crafty Daisies thought it would be a grand idea if they popped out the decorative wooden piece above the cupboard under the sink where they keep their garbage can and install a ‘flap’. Yup, just like in fast food restaurants.
The flap itself is made of a sandwich of thick fabric, which is Velcro-ed in. A scrap of drywall glued onto the back of the flap gives it body and makes it close ‘automatically’. Continue Reading
Bryan, the obviously clever boyfriend of Molly Dash, created this beautiful lighting fixture from everyone’s favorite inspiration…trash. Made of a bit more than packing peanuts and some glue, it’s truly elegant example of very, very upcycling.
1. Large box of packing peanuts 2. Half gallon of wood glue 3. Large clear trash bag (leaf bag) 4. Medium-heavy gauge copper wire for hanging (18 ga.) 5. Needle nose pliers for hanging 6. Sewing needle 7. Continue Reading
My college roommate learned this technique in an art class, after which we used to “borrow” garbage bags from the maitenance closet and make rain covers for our bikes and portable hampers/laundry baskets.
I saw an article in a book that recommended using newspaper bags, but that produces a small piece after folding, which means ALOT of sewing to piece it together. Plastic bags from the grocery store would work as well.
Check out Scandinavian Design Center’s Bin Bin wastebasket, which looks very much like the contents it holds. The John Brauer creation is clever, but I’ll leave it up to you to determine if the 331 x 330 mm receptacle is worth its 60 dollar price tag. As for me, a trip to my local fabric/craft store this weekend turned up a 250 x 220 mm plastic ice bucket, on sale for $2.50, which I’m now using in my craft room as a trash can. Continue Reading