Speedy DIY: Metallic Doodles Wastebasket

Hello there! 

I'm keeping today's post pretty simple with a quick, cute DIY to maybe spruce up that dorm room that’s already feeling a little drab! All you need is a simple plastic trashcan (that you probably have) and some metallic paint pens. Just doodle a pattern or pun and then you’re done. (Hey, that rhymed!)

It only takes about 15 minutes per can, and now every time I throw something away I see a little creativity and personality! Because yes, it is okay to doodle on everything and make it cute, especially when all it holds is trash. 

Now a couple disclaimers: I wouldn’t use this in any trash bin that might get really gross, because I can’t say how well it the paint pen will hold to harsh cleaners. For me this trashcan is just paper scraps, clothing tags, and things of the like.

You also have to careful when doodling because the paint does take a minute or so to dry, so watch that you don’t drag your hand over your design while it’s still smudgeable.  If you do mess up, you can quickly save the spot with a slightly damp Magic Eraser. After this particular brand dried for me though, it won’t easily rub off, even with Magic Eraser.

So, that’s all folks. (*cough cough* Looney Tunes are perf *cough cough*) Paint pens are great little tools and will almost always stick to the surface and make it a little prettier! So leave me a comment about what I could fancify with metallic paint pens next, or maybe a link to a quick dorm project you’ve done yourself!

Stay lovely,

P.S. If you're looking for more procrastination and room decoration, click through the rest of my DIYs! (Also under "crafty" above!)


  1. This is such a cute idea! Loved your pun ;) Wish I would have thought about that when I was in college, my first room was so bleh.

    1. Thank you! It's been fun to make stuff for my room, although it's definitely not as decorated as I would like just because of time. Little projects like this work best for me :)