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Trash Can Planter Hack

I have been wanting to update our front porch for some time now, but because we previously had large bushes right in front of our house it made little sense to spend the money.  A couple of weeks ago we had those bushes removed, so it was time to update the front porch just a little bit, and this trash can planter hack was born.

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front porch with large gold planters | Trash Can Planter Hack

Trash Can Planter Hack

  I am sure if you follow my other decor posts, you have gathered that I tend to like a more modern, clean, simple look, so I wanted 2 large planters.  

If you have never shopped for large planters before, just a FYI they are expensive!! (we are talking $80 plus for the size I wanted).  With some brainstorming I decided to try something out, and this blog post was born.  Read below to find out how that whole patio was done for $100 due to my trash can planter hack.

If you’re into decor hacks, be sure to check out this post with some of my post popular IKEA hacks!

large gold planter and layered rugs | Trash Can Planter Hack

Trash Can Planters

For my planters I purchased these from At Home ( these on Amazon  or black) they are 56 quart trash cans.  In order to make them heavier I put a couple of old bricks in the bottom of each, then filled them a little ways up with packing peanuts in order to not use so much dirt.

front porch with layered rugs | Trash Can Planter Hack

I have 1 $9 Fern In each planter to save money but still make an impact.

‘HOME’ mat 

Under mat — I think that the layered front rug look makes a huge impact for a small price.  If your top mat is smaller you could do a smaller mat under! Be sure to check out this post for other buffalo check decor options too!

front patio with layered rugs | Trash Can Planter Hack

front porch with large gold planters | Trash Can Planter Hack

I would love to see if you use my trash can planter hack and which trash cans you use! I have been wanting to add some more to the back patio and I think matte black would look amazing!

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front porch with gold planters | Trash Can Planter Hack

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  • Reply
    Susan B
    October 8, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Aren’t you clever! Very nice

    • Reply
      October 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      thank you!

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    May 29, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Great idea!

    • Reply
      May 29, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    July 31, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I have a glass door like yours – what have you used to hang your wreath? Thanks.

    • Reply
      August 1, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Hi! I just use a command strip and hook. I clean the glass well before and I will say that it fails me a few times a year.

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    Mel Luna
    January 7, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    Hello Arin,
    Did you paint the trash cans? I am also looking for two large planters but they’re way too expensive for my budget.
    Thanks so much and may God bless you! 🙂

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      January 8, 2023 at 1:47 pm

      Hi! I did not paint the gold ones – but this past year I did a new version where I did paint them and they have held up really well. Just use a spray polyurethane to seal them after.

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