A polk-a-dot trash can for the preschool classroom

This fun little trashcan photo has been pinned all around Pinterest and I was so excited to see it…

I have been looking for a trashcan for my classroom and every time I start to buy one, I always put it back on the shelf. That is because I already have a trash can and really didn’t need another one. It was just that my trash can was old and plain…

So when I saw the idea for sprucing up my trash can, I was soooo excited.  I guess I could have used paint, but I had these rolls of contact paper I bought from Staples for other projects, and decided to use them for making my polk-a-dots…

Using a few squares from the different colors of contact paper, I traced some circles using lids and cut them out…

Then I took the paper off the back of each circle and placed my dots on the front and top of the trash can…

Now I have the cutest trash can ever!! I have no idea how long the dots will stay on the trash can, but I know if they fall off – I can always replace them or go to plan B and paint on the dots…

So now, Instead of an old boring white trash can sitting under my cabinet – I have a fun polk-a-dot trash can!

By |2011-08-22T01:02:25+00:00August 22nd, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Leeanne A August 22, 2011 at 7:10 am - Reply

    That is very cute! Great idea! Easy as well!

  2. Maria Luz August 22, 2011 at 11:58 am - Reply

    It is really a great idea! It is really beautiful!

  3. Home School Coach August 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    This is great. In fact it would make a fun craft idea for children to do for thier own rooms, especially if you are trying to get them excited about cleaning up a bit. : )

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Yes it would!

  4. Clemencia August 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for the idea, I love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      You are welcome:)

  5. pammypam August 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    ok so i totally did this in my room on Thursday but forgot to take a pic! I already had some fish shapes cut out so my two year olds and I glued fish onto our trash can. Then i cut out some green seaweed and put that on too. Then I modpodged it all so it would stay put. It was fun being creative. I SO wanna do another one!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 28, 2011 at 12:02 am - Reply

      Oh how cute Pam! I have been thinking of doing other scenes as well but haven’t had the time! You need to take some photos!

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