The Garbage Will Do?

by Victoria Fox

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I’ve had a boring white trash can for an incredibly long time so it was high time I did something ridiculous to it. Naturally, my brain goes straight to Star Wars, so why not pay homage to my favorite hunk of junk in the galaxy?

For this project you’ll need:

  • a plastic white trash can
  • R2 reference pictures!
  • a pencil
  • a ruler (a flexible one is best, but not required)
  • a black Sharpie
  • blue paint
  • silver paint
  • assorted paint brushes


Step 1

Using a ruler, a pencil, and some reference pictures of R2’s front, mark out his designs on what you would like to be the front of the trash can. The beauty of the plastic material is that the pencil erases rather well. Taking advantage of my trashcan’s design, I decided to use the entirety of the top rim to stand for the blue line above his torso, with a line for the silver portion marked out underneath as well, also stretching around its perimeter.



Step 2

Trace those pencil lines with a black Sharpie, once again using the ruler to keep those machined looking straight lines.



Step 3

Begin filling in the necessary shapes, matching them up with those in your reference pictures, with a blue paint and a medium sized brush.



Step 4

After the blue paint dries, fill in the rest of the areas that require detailing with silver paint and a small detail brush. Make sure to fill in the top silver line that goes around the perimeter of the trash can.



Step 5

Paint the top rim of the trash can blue.



Step 6

After all of the paint has dried, add any remaining details with your black Sharpie.



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Happy trashing! and may the force be with you!