I try pretty hard to create as little trash as possible. But no matter how hard I try, I will still create trash. And do you know where a surprising amount of my trash collects? In the car. It’s not usually my own. It belongs to the little people I created. We’ve made a huge effort to reduce the amount of packaging that we bring home, but trash sneaks in. A lot of our car trash isn’t wrappers or straws, it’s cookie crumbs and fruit peels and stickers from who knows where. Basically we’ve needed a car trash can for like ever. And now we have one. Here’s how you can save some trash from the landfill and also create a little receptacle for your car trash. Plus, it fits in a cupholder. How cool is that?
Here’s how you can make your very own easy peasy cup holder trash can. It’s as cheap as your last fast food soda and it will last as long as you want. And since we now know that most recyclables end up in landfills or the ocean, using up a to go cup will keep a piece of trash out of the landfill for a while.
- Empty fast food beverage cup, preferably a large
- Scrapbooking paper
- Glue Stick
- Clothespins or binder clips
Grab yourself a drink. And fries too. Don’t forget the fries. Okay, maybe you don’t have to purposely go out and buy a drink, but the next time you grab a drink to go maybe make it a Large (just this once) and save your cup! Rinse and dry the cup. Now pick out some scrapbooking paper and make sure that the design on the cup is not visible through the paper.
Turn the cup upside down and see if you can find a seam in the paper. Turn your scrapbook paper over so the wrong side is facing up. Make sure the direction is as you want it on your finished product. If there are words or a directional design you don’t want them sideways or upside down. Line up the seam with the edge of the paper. They should be parallel. Now take a pencil and lightly trace the edge of the cup as you gently roll the cup away from the edge of the paper. Repeat this for the top rim of the cup.
Cut out your paper, leaving about a 1/4″ to 1/2″ overlap. If you run out of paper, don’t worry. You can patch a strip in at the end. In my sample I just barely made it. My overlap was missing a small amount of paper but it turned out just fine in the end.
Using a glue stick or glue, adhere the top of the paper to the top of the cup. It’s best to do this starting at the seam of the cup if there is one. make your way around, adding glue to the paper at the top edge, bottom edge, and the overlaps. You may need to use paperclips, binder clips, or clothespins to keep your paper in place while the glue dries. Trim off any excess paper at the bottom of the cup.
Once the glue is dry you have a perfectly sized cupholder trashcan for your car. You’ve also saved a piece of trash from the landfill, so give yourself a pat on the back and maybe make a few for friends the next time you find yourself with a to go beverage and some cute paper!