A polk-a-dot trash can for the preschool classroom

A polk-a-dot trash can for the preschool classroom

This fun little trashcan photo has been pinned all around Pinterest and I was so excited to see it…

I have been looking for a trashcan for my classroom and every time I start to buy one, I always put it back on the shelf. That is because I already have a trash can and really didn’t need another one. It was just that my trash can was old and plain…

So when I saw the idea for sprucing up my trash can, I was soooo excited.  I guess I could have used paint, but I had these rolls of contact paper I bought from Staples for other projects, and decided to use them for making my polk-a-dots…

Using a few squares from the different colors of contact paper, I traced some circles using lids and cut them out…

Then I took the paper off the back of each circle and placed my dots on the front and top of the trash can…

Now I have the cutest trash can ever!! I have no idea how long the dots will stay on the trash can, but I know if they fall off – I can always replace them or go to plan B and paint on the dots…

So now, Instead of an old boring white trash can sitting under my cabinet – I have a fun polk-a-dot trash can!


  • Leeanne A Posted August 22, 2011 7:10 am

    That is very cute! Great idea! Easy as well!

  • Maria Luz Posted August 22, 2011 11:58 am

    It is really a great idea! It is really beautiful!

  • Home School Coach Posted August 22, 2011 4:45 pm

    This is great. In fact it would make a fun craft idea for children to do for thier own rooms, especially if you are trying to get them excited about cleaning up a bit. : )

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted August 22, 2011 10:52 pm

    Yes it would!

  • Clemencia Posted August 23, 2011 7:50 pm

    Thank you so much for the idea, I love it!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted August 23, 2011 9:42 pm

    You are welcome:)

  • pammypam Posted August 26, 2011 6:43 pm

    ok so i totally did this in my room on Thursday but forgot to take a pic! I already had some fish shapes cut out so my two year olds and I glued fish onto our trash can. Then i cut out some green seaweed and put that on too. Then I modpodged it all so it would stay put. It was fun being creative. I SO wanna do another one!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted August 28, 2011 12:02 am

    Oh how cute Pam! I have been thinking of doing other scenes as well but haven’t had the time! You need to take some photos!

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