When I saw this garbage can at Target I was so excited. I thought what a perfectly cute garbage can! So I bought it.
Then I went back to Target and decided I needed a bigger one… to be honest I don’t even know why I “needed” a bigger one. I just loved these things. And they were both under $12.
Well after about a week of using them as hampers and garbage cans I had a light bulb go off. These would be perfect as light fixtures for the playroom. I had already finished the Paper Bag Flooring and now it was time to install lighting.
I wanted lighting that was fun and classy but I couldn’t spend a lot of money.
Depending on your current light situation your materials will vary. I was converting 2 pot lights and a ceiling fan to pendant light fixtures. This project will be under $50 if you don’t need to buy conversion kits for pot lights.
List of Supplies
- Metal Garbage Cans
- Pendant Light Conversion Kit (if converting pot lights)
- Pendant light kits
- Wire Cutters
- Spray paint
Steps on Making a Trash Can Light
- Remove ring from Pendant light kit
- Trace the outside of the ring on the bottom of your trash can
4. Slide the top part of the pendant kit in to the hole.5. From the inside, screw the ring on to attach the top and bottom to the trash can.
Lastly, install the light as directed. Two of my lights we recessed lights so I had to use a conversion kit first. Then proceed with regular installation. You can pick up a conversion kit at Home Depot.
It was hard to get a good shot of all three. But I choose to hang the big trash can in the middle of the room and the two small ones on each side. I also added Edison Bulbs and that really made a huge difference.
They look so amazing I couldn’t be any happier. Three beautifully custom lights for under $40 a piece!
What do you think? Have you ever made a light out of something unconventional?
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