Waste Basket

About: I like trying new things and cheaper or better ways of doing old things. I like making things out of natural materiales such as wood, antlers, shells, clay, etc. but I also have an interest in synthetic poly...

Intro: Waste Basket

Maybe I'm the only one, but I can't stand those little plastic waste baskets. They tip over so easily and the bag always slips down underneath all the garbage, not to mention they are always pretty plain and flimsy.
This design may seem odd, but I went with it for a few reasons:
-It's small enough to fit in my small bathroom but still sturdy enough that it's not going to tip over every time you put half a tissue in it.
-It uses small pieces of wood, so it can be done with a few simple tools and can be made of scraps.
-It works well with grocery bags; I see no reason to buy mini garbage bags when I have a free supply of these.
-It's simple but has a lot of possibilities so it's easy to make it work with several styles.

Step 1: Materials

Everything I used for this was either scrap or leftover from other projects. You just need: Wood, staples, and paint.
You can substitute the staples with glue or nails and the paint with stain, it's the same concept and it's up to you what you use.

Step 2: Cut the Wood

The slats are all 3/4 in thick by 10 in long and i cut a total of 36, wick makes the height 11 in.
I went with those dimensions because that made a good diameter and height for using grocery bags as the garbage bag and the 3/4 in thickness because that is what most of my scraps measured out as and it worked well with the staples I had.
You can go with whatever thickness you like, just keep on mind that it will affect what kind of staples you will need to use and how many slats you will need for a particular height.

Step 3: Put It Together

Since this is going in our nautical themed bathroom, I painted it white and a few shades of blue. But of course how you paint or even if you paint it is your call.
Once it's dry you can assemble it. I played around with a few configurations (like having the slats rotate slightly for a spiral look) but eventually settled on just keeping it simple. I lined up and stapled each piece in place, pretty straightforward. Just remember to have a little overlap on the outside edge so there is something for the bag to loop around and keep it in place.
After that I decided to paint an anchor on it for a little flare and to drive home the theme. I did this by drawing it in chalk first so I could easily erase any mistakes and then simply painting in the lines I drew. I don't know if you can see it very well but the third picture shows the chalk outline before I painted it in.
And there it is, it's simple but functional. Thanks for reading!



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    6 Discussions


    1 year ago

    This design could be used to make stackable storage boxes.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    That's a good idea, I might try it out...

    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 years ago

    Great design! I like how you can hook the plastic bag on the ends like you did.

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    jonesawPenolopy Bulnick

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you, hopefully this helps a few bags get a little more use before being thrown out...


    2 years ago

    I like it!

    I've got tons of scrap wood, and this would be a great way to use up a little of it. Thanks for sharing this idea :)

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    Reply 2 years ago

    you're welcome, thanks for reading!