{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the August {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month all summer long, ten very different bloggers have been hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this post .

We have been so thrilled to have so many of you join our challenge each month, but between busy school schedules and work commitments this fall and not one but TWO babies on their way for our little blogger posse, we decided it might be best to take a break until next year. Thank you SO much to all of you for joining in the fun!

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

Once again, our ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is decorative trash cans, and this was our inspiration photograph:


The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Add a classy pattern to a garbage can

Here is my own classy trash can {ditto}DIY project:

Quatrefoil Trash Can

trash can embellished with vinyl

How to embellish a trash can with vinyl

First I downloaded a quatrefoil shape for the Silhouette website. I then sized the shape to fit my trash can and cut as many as a could on my vinyl.

silhouette quatrefoil shape

How to use Silhouette Transfer Paper

The Silhouette Transfer Paper is great for applying the shape to the trash can without stretching or having to replace the vinyl. Cut a piece of transfer paper and remove the backing. Place the paper on top of the shape you want to transfer. Press firmly and make sure it is well adhered to the shape.

using Silhouette transfer paper step 1

Carefully peel up the transfer paper and the shape should be stuck to the back of the paper.

using Silhouette transfer paper step 2

Place the shape where you want on your surface. Rub the paper with a scraper or other hard object to firmly adhere the vinyl. Carefully remove the transfer paper, making sure to not lift up the vinyl.

using Silhouette transfer paper step 3

If you are loving what you can do with Vinyl and the Silhouette! Stop by tomorrow for Silhouette Vinyl sale (that is what I used for this project)! You won’t want to miss this bundle (all about vinyl).  I may just be giving away one too (hint hint)!

And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous trash can projects and join our LAST {ditto} DIY party of the summer! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for some expert design tips & inspiration on incorporating bold pattern into everyday objects. 


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  1. Yes, I placed each one individually. It is a bit tricky along the sides (a straight sided can would have been better!) but overall it didn’t effect the look that much when it didn’t fit perfectly.

  2. How did you handle adjusting the design for the slanted side angles of the trash bin? Did you place each individual quatrefoil shape?

  3. Such a cute makeover! Coming over from the Ditto DIY Party.

  4. This is a really great idea.
    Your trashcan turned out adorable.

    I have to say, I’m pretty disappointed in how many of the ditto diy hosts didn’t bother to do this project.

  5. This looks so professional! I’d never have known you DIYed it without being told!

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