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DIY Newspaper Trash Can/Trash Can Liner

In today's blog post, I'm going to be showing you through pictures how to make a mini trash can or trash can liner out of newspaper. For a long time, my family used plastic grocery sacks from groceries as liners for the small wastebaskets in our bathrooms. Now that we are transitioning to using reusable grocery bags, our trash cans are going bare. Although this isn't a problem, I saw this idea the other day and thought that I would try it for myself! I liked this project and maybe you will, too. So let's get started!

You Will Need:

*Newspaper *Tape

Step 1) Start with two sheets of newspaper and lay one on top of the other on a flat surface

Step 2) Take one side of the newspaper and fold it to the middle. Do the same with the other side

Step 3) Take some tape and put down a strip so that the two folded sides are connected

Step 4) Take the bottom of the newspaper and fold it up not quite halfway

Step 5) Take the part of the newspaper you just folded up and open it up so that it looks like this:

Once you have opened it up, fold it in place like this (should be in a diamond shape):

Step 6) Now, take the bottom point of that diamond and fold it towards the center. Do the same with the top point

Step 7) Take a piece of tape and place it on the middle where the points connect

Step 8) Stand it up and voila! You have a mini trashcan!

-I like to fold down the tops of it to make it more structured as well as add some bunched up newspaper scraps to the bottom.

(If you're making a liner for a wastebasket, you can always make it bigger to fit the trashcan you're using)

If you think this looks like something you'd like to try, be sure to do so and follow this tutorial! I personally like this DIY because it's simple and easy and keeps my wastebaskets from going bare. I hope you have a great day, and I'll see you in the next blog post!


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