You need a solidly built trash can frame that can hide your trash and keep it away from the rest of your home. I have demonstrated how to make a garbage can DIY (enclosure) to give them a new look and keep them out of sight for good.

Another great thing about the project is that you can easily change how the house looks to suit your needs. Depending on how many and how large your garbage cans are, you can adjust the size accordingly.

Homemade Trash Can Enclosure

It prevents your garbage bin from getting wet if it is placed on grass or soil by creating a stable, level foundation. Since the bin store will always be outside, it must be strong and safe. If it were to fly around in strong winds, it could hurt people and damage property. Wind-resistant sides will protect the frame from wind damage.

Required Material

  1. Timber for construction
  2. Wood for side slats
  3. Planters
  4. Screws
  5. Cordless drill
  6. Power screwdriver
  7. Paint
  8. Saw
  9. An accurate tape measure
  10. Composting
  11. Plants
  12. Planter liners
  13. A workbench
  14. Step ladder

DIY-Garbage Can Covering Instructions

The following steps are predicated on you having previously selected your bin storage, taken measurements, and generated a detailed layout with a cutting guide to ensure the storage meets your needs and the available space.

1. Build the Structures

Using your cutting guide, cut the wood twice, then once, to the size you want. Using a workbench and clamps to hold the wood in place while measuring and cutting might be easier—drill pilot holes for the screws after lining up the wood for the back frame piece. Use the pilot holes to guide the screws as you screw the parts together.

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To ensure that the components fit together properly as you drill and screw, use clamps to prevent the wood from shifting.. Corner braces can be added to make the structure more stable.

Use the same method to build the four side frames next to each other.

Build the Structures

2. Create The Shelf

After you finish the four frames, build the shelf for the middle area. This was a simple building, constructed of two pieces of timber and a few wooden slats. To connect the two inner frames, use two pieces of wood cut to the right length.

Install the shelf and attach it to the sides of the frame with screws. Once you're sure your recycling bins will fit correctly, screw the structure to the rear frame. Before building the roof, ensure your trash cans fit in the right places. The main structure is made by connecting the end panels to the back frame.

Create The Shelf

3. Build The Planters

I placed more wood lengths over the frame to hold the home together. These also function as the planters' foundation. Thus they must be strong and dependable.

I decided to use homemade rustic planters I made from leftover wood for the top of the unit to save money and reduce waste. You could get a more unified appearance by purchasing wood that matches the frame. Attach the planters to the unit's main frame using screws.

Build The Planters

4. Complete The Paint

I always recommend painting the trash can frame to add some color to an otherwise dull place. Oil or stain can be used to give the wood a more natural look. If the unit is made well and the wood is treated, it might last a few months without any more oil or stain.

After painting, line the planters. I chose plastic bin liners instead of planter liners because they cost less and work just as well.

Lovely Alternative Ideas For Covering A Trash Can

The inside of the garbage can is kept tidy by using tough, long-lasting outdoor trash can liners. To stop the horrible, slimy liquids from spilling out, insert a heavy-duty garbage bag between your kitchen and bathroom waste bags and the exterior of your heavy-duty trash can.

The exterior trash cans, however, are unsightly in a normally tidy environment which controls pollution as well.

Covers For Trash Cans Made Of Cedar

This two-sided enclosure gives the impression of a four-sided box when seen from the front of the home. It is only completely guarded on two sides, which allows both the homeowner and the trash collectors unfettered access when seen from the side.

The front of the fence has a number sign fixed on it that lists the addresses of the homeowners, giving this lovely feature a second purpose. Locals in the area claim that it seems to be a component of their home.

Covers For Trash Cans Made Of Cedar

Covers For Trash Cans With Latticework

Lattice is another widely used and appealing screen material. The dimensions of a conventional lattice screen are two sides, six feet long, and forty-eight inches high.

Your cans and the enclosure's latticework might blow away if no in-ground supports are used. Lattice is lighter than solid wood. Therefore if the supports are set in concrete, the enclosure will be more durable and secure.

Covers For Trash Cans With Latticework

Branches And Trees May Obscure Your Trash Cans

A number of plants and trees might be used in place of the imaginary trash can cage. Naturally, a stable evergreen tree with the right height and texture for the job is arborvitae or pyramidal boxwood.

Even hydrangea and dogwood shrubs have the potential to grow rapidly enough to cover your ugly cans.

Branches And Trees May Obscure Your Trash Cans

Additional Thoughts

Enclosures, shelters, and shrubbery are the three main categories of trash can covers. Commonly, there will be two open sides to an enclosure. Their vulnerability to animals is a major drawback.

For sheds with linked roofs, a variety of designs are offered. Because of the absence of fresh air, sheds should be hosed off sometimes. A garbage can enclosure should be included by everyone lucky enough to construct a new house or remodel an existing one.


Garbage can shelters or enclosures may improve your home's exterior design without spending a lot of money.

These enclosures might make a huge difference while entertaining, regardless of where your cans are located on your property—at the front, side, or rear. Wild creatures are discouraged from assaulting your well-protected trash by a garbage can enclosure.

Although an animal could be intelligent enough to understand that your cage has just two sides, if your garbage cans weren't so conspicuous, they would likely go unnoticed—just as a burglar wouldn't choose a house with a stronger lock or alarm.

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