How to Build an Outside Trash Can Holder

Having an eyesore trash can outside your house or in the street where you live can often lower the appeal of your home.
Hide an eyesore like this with a trash can holder
Bins are necessary to keep a street tidy, but they do not have to be ugly. If you want to hide a trash can, an easy solution is to create a trash can holder. You can make this holder out of wood and place the trash can inside it. Trash can holders come in many shapes and forms and you can even decorate them with climbing plants and flowers. .

Step 1

Put the wood slat on the saw horse and use the circular saw to cut four 4-foot-long pieces. Wear protective goggles to avoid debris flying into your eyes and gloves so that the wood will not prick your skin.

Step 2

Place one 4-foot-long slat on each side of one of the plywood boards. Drill three holes one foot from each other through the plywood board and the wood slats. Screw the wood slats onto the plywood board using the drill and the screws. Allow one foot of wood slat to hang off the end of the plywood. Repeat the same on another plywood board.

Step 3

Screw the remaining two plywood boards onto the sides of the frames with the wood slat legs to create a rectangular box.

Step 4

Use the paintbrush to paint the trash can holder whatever color you choose. Use a face mask when painting because the chemicals could harm your lungs. Leave the holder to dry for one day.

Step 5

Use the spade to dig four holes where you want to place the trash can holder. Put the trash can holder's legs into the holes and dig them in so that the wind will not blow the holder away.

Things You Will Need

  • 4 pieces of 3-by-2-foot plywood board
  • 16-foot wood slat, 2-by-2
  • Saw horse
  • Circular saw
  • Protective goggles
  • Gloves
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Face mask
  • Spade


  • Plant some climbing plants next to the trash can holder. As the plant grows it will climb on the walls of the trash can holder and hide it. Take a note of the size of your trash can and change the measurements accordingly.


  • Use a face mask when painting as the chemicals could harm your lungs. Wear protective goggles to avoid debris flying into your eyes.

About the Author

Janos Gal has been writing since 2008. He wrote for the "Global Journalist" magazine in 2008 and for the "Estrella de Arica" daily in 2009. Gal has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, honors, in journalism from Edinburgh Napier University.