Doll Craft -How to Make a Trash Can

I discovered a doll craft at the grocery store the other day.  I spotted it in the check out line next to the gum.  It actually was a gum container that looked just like a little trash can.  With a little paint and a few details the transformation was complete!

I was especially excited to see how this gum container opened.  It’e easy to open and close and a great opportunities to add a few details to the inside of the trash can!

Let’s take a look!


  • craft foam
  • thin plastic bag (like a produce bag)
  • Ice Breakers Ice Cubes container
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint
  • paint brush

The container that steals the show because it is just the right size and shape for a doll size trash can is Ice Cubes Gum by Ice Breakers.

The plastic wrapper slips off easily and leaves a plain white container.  Now it is ready to paint any color!

After the paint is completely dry we can add a few more details.

Cut strips of craft foam.

Line the base of the trash can with a strip of craft foam.  I like the finished look the craft foam adds, so I placed a strip under the edge where the lid snaps on.

The trash can opens and closes.  Add a liner for a little detail on the inside!  For the liner use the thin bags that you use for fruit and vegetables in the grocery store.  Push the corner of the bag into the bottom of the trash can.  Trim off the rest of the bag.  To see if it is the right size pull it down over the outside of the can.  Trim it to size.

Pull the bag out.  Place a strip of craft foam around the inside of the opening.  Glue the ends of the strip together.

When you pull out the strip it will make a circle.  Place this circle over the liner.  Pull the liner over the foam strip and glue it in place.

Place the foam loop into the top of the trash can and glue it in place.

Cut a small piece of gray foam to make a pedal.  Glue the pedal to the center front of the trash can.  It’s just for looks and the imagination, but now your doll can “step” on the pedal to open the lid!

Go ahead, toss in the trash while the lid is open!

This little trash can would be fun in a doll size bedroom, office, school, and so much more!

With a few details and a lid that opens and snaps shut, this makes a fun addition to a doll scene!

To think this little trash can was a gum container not too long ago!  It is an amazing transformation!

Just in case you are interested, here is a little more about today’s post:

  • Doll-Morgan is AG #25
  • Outfit-Doll Diaries Pj’s
  • Scene-Dresser tutorial is here.  Lamp is a book light from the dollar store.  Tape dispenser is an eraser.  Bulletin board tutorial is here.  Cards are from American Girl and Our Generations (Target brand).

Re-puposing Rocks!

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  1. Molly W. says:

    I just can’t believe your creativity, Anna! What an awesome (and necessary ;)) item for every doll space! I will definitely make this. I especially love the purple, sparkly paint. 😀 Where did you get it?

  2. So Cute

  3. Shelby-Grace says:

    Good job with the trash can, Anna! It was a great idea to use that gum container to make it!

  4. That’s so cute! Very creative! Great job! :)

  5. Chrissy says:

    Lovely and simple!

  6. Kristen L. says:

    Very creative Anna!

  7. *sings in her best Oscar voice* Oh I love trash! LOL! Good craft, Anna!

  8. That’s a great craft idea – the gum container really is the perfect shape for it!

  9. That’s so cute! We need a trash can here by our little desk and this one should work really nicely.


  10. Katie M. says:

    Oh, great idea!!!
    PS I love that gum. 😛

  11. Totally awesome – what a great idea and it looks so real! : )

  12. Awesomeness! It’s pretty cool how you can turn ordinary things into cool doll stuff. :)

  13. And now it moderates. This is confusing.

  14. Meg_DollFanInAfrica says:

    Cute and so crafty!

  15. So cute!!!

  16. Cute and very creative. I like your doll’s name. :)


  17. Molly W. says:

    LOL Sharry! xD

  18. hy i have gotten that same gum before; but i gave the container to my little brother for his sandbox. ill have to beg it back from him!

  19. Dir3ction3r says:

    COOL!!!!!!!! That is sooooooo cute!! Thanks! Hay do ya know when Chars gonna post the camp doll diaries contest winner?

  20. Dir3ction3r says:

    Yesterday she said she was gonna post it TODAY because she said the contest didn’t officially end until midnight last night

  21. Dir3ction3r says:

    Cute Dollie name by the way

  22. RAchel B. says:

    I would make this but I already have a trash can made frommyfroggystuff out of waterbottle and grocery sack

  23. Adorable!!!!!

  24. Dir3ction3r says:

    Sorry to keep asking but…. WHEN ate you gonna post the winner of the camp doll diaries contest Char? Sorry to sound impatient but I’m SOOOOOOOO excited!!!

  25. Dir3ction3r says:

    Oops I put ate…. I meant ARE . Ooooooppppppssssss sorry

  26. Julia F says:

    Great idea!

  27. Continuing my doll house description

    Hailey and Miley’s room: bunk beds also from Amazon, Doll sized Dresser from Kohls (It is a jewelry caddy), AG school desk, owl print bedding made by me and my friend Sierra, Flooring is Leftover Carpet from other Doll projects, all the accessories except a few items were made by me.

    Patio: Kit’s table and chairs, Doll sized patio chair from my mom, accessories are Kit’s birthday set,
    and the rest mostly are OG and Springfield, also a few made by Sierra and me.

    Garage: OG car, Lanie’s camper, Julie’s bike, Molly’s bike

    Addy’s room: Addy’s bed, Desk made by my dad, Picture frame with a photo in it is made by my mom, Sierra, and I, Josefina’s Loom (Retired) ( i believe she had something like that that is now retired)

    Isabelle and Saige’s room: Trundle bed and bedding, Desk is an unuesed wooden stool, Dresser made from wood, fabric, and hot glue, Rebecca’s costume chest

    Craft room: Isabelle’s studio, rest of accessories made by me,

    I will have more tommorrow.

  28. Lol, Anna, we have the same clip on reading lamps, and i use mine for a lamp for my dolls!

  29. I just posted it.

  30. Hi Char I have a question I have been wondering for a while. I love sewing clothes for my american girl dolls. I know you give us logos to make camp doll diaries t shirts but can I use just the doll diaries logo? Or is that only if we buy the pajamas or win the t shirt?

  31. Hi Sara – You can use the Doll Diaries logo on your own dolls clothes – you just can’t sell anything with the Doll Diaries or Camp Doll Diaries logo on them.

  32. Shelby-Grace says:

    By the way, Char, I stopped by AGPlace Columbus on a road trip to take some pictures there and have a look around, is it OK to send you some of the pictures I took there at the AG store?

  33. Shelby-Grace – sure!

  34. that is a great craft! Thank you for the tips on re-purposing the gum container.

  35. Shannon????i ?dolls says:

    Omg! That is the most amazing craft I’ve ever seen wow just wow!

  36. Shannon:)I love dolls! says:


  37. Oh my gosh, SO cute! My mom has that exact container of gum in her purse, I am now on a crazy race ot eat all the gum and use the container for this craft! LOL!

  38. Char thank you so much!!!

  39. I love this! Great idea!

  40. CampDollDiariesAbbey says:

    Who’s excited for the Isabelle movie? I sure am!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Anna the bookworm says:

    Cool! I want to make one!!

  42. Heather T. says:

    Amazing idea! I just saw that container at may grocery store. I have to make that! Love it!

  43. Heather T. says:

    Oops! my, not may. :)