Dollar Tree DIY Side Table

I’ve seen these DIY side tables made from Dollar Tree trash cans on Pinterest and Tik Tok lately. Since I have medical bills in excess of $1,000,000, I do not want to spend money on outdoor furniture! I mean I would if we didn’t need to eat, lol! When I was decorating our porch for the rest of the summer, I thought why not make my own DIY side table. This table only cost me $4, and I was pleased with the result!

Summer porch re-do for under $20. DIY side table made with two white wire trash cans & a pizza pan top, teal & white outdoor rug under that & two chairs, one white & one coral. Outdoor thermometer hanging on the siding with a wood arrow top saying "beach this way." Beach sign on a door that says "salt in the air, sand in my hair" that is blue, teal, yellow, & coral. Two wreats hanging on French doors, one coral with teal bow & starfish & one teal with coral starfish & white bow.

Supplies needed for a DIY side table:

  • 2 wired trashcans
  • pizza pan
  • contact paper, cardstock, or vinyl
  • 3 zip ties
  • hot glue gun & glue
  • Super Glue or E6000
  • pencil & Sharpie
  • scissors
  • Exacto knife

Attach the Trashcans

Flip one trashcan upside down, because you will be attaching the two bottoms together. The wider, open end of one will be the bottom of the table. Squeeze some super glue around the edge of the bottom of one can. Then quickly squeeze hot glue on top of that. The hot glue will allow the cans to stick together quickly, then allow the super glue time to dry to hold the DIY side table together more permanently.

With the other trashcan right side up, sit it on top of the base can. The bottoms of them will be together. Press down on the top can and hold it for a minute while the hot glue dries.

Next you will add zip ties to hold the two cans together while everything dries. I left my zip ties on, but you could take them off later if you’d like. Feed a zip tie through the top can at the junction of the two, then through the bottom of both, then out the side of the second trashcan. I hope the pictures can explain it better than I can in words!

Pull the tie tight, then cut off the excess.

Customize the Pizza Pan

Pretty-ing up your pizza pan is optional, but it sure looks better! If you don’t want to, you can skip this section and go straight to attaching the pan to the trashcans. There are so many ways to customize your pan; with paint, vinyl, cardstock and Mod Podge, etc. For this tutorial I am going to show you how to use Dollar Tree contact paper to update the look of the pizza pan.

First lay your contact paper on top of the pan, and race around the entire pan with a pencil.

Trace the back of the contact paper around the pizza pan to put on the top of the DIY side table.

Now cut the contact paper along the line.

Cut excess contact paper from around the pizza pan. This will be the top of the DIY side table.

Remove the backing from the contact paper and lay it over the pan. Use your hand or a credit card to smooth it from the center of the pan out. Use the card to smooth out any bubbles.

Because of the dip in the pan then the flat, round edge, the contact paper doesn’t lay flat around the outside edge. It has a few wrinkles. If you don’t mind that, you can smooth the paper on the entire pan. I didn’t like it, so I used a craft knife to cut the contact paper off of that flat edge.

If you choose to cut the contact paper, paint the edge of the pan white to match. If you used different paper, paint your edge to match yours. If you know you don’t want the contact paper to go to the edge of the pan, paint it before adding the contact paper. That will be much easier!

Pizza pan covered with teal and white print contact paper. The edge is being painted white using acrylic paint and a foam brush,

Attach the Top of the DIY Side Table

Once the paint is dry it’s time to attach the pizza pan to the trashcans. Turn the pan upside down and place the trashcans, centered, on top of it. Use your Sharpie to trace around the trashcans so you will know where to put the glue. I found that adding the glue to the rim of the trashcans does not work. The glue just runs off the rounded edge and drips on the ground.

Blue Sharpie being used to trace around trashcans on the bottom of the pizza pan to be able to add the glue on the pan to complete the DIY side table.

Squeeze super glue just inside the Sharpie circle, then squeeze hot glue on top of that.

Quickly sit the trashcans on top of the pizza pan, making sure the lip of the trashcan sits on the glue circle. Press the cans down for a minute while the hot glue dries. Using a paper towel, wipe off any excess glue that may leak from around the can edge.

Carefully turn the DIY side table right-side up. Place some books or another heavy object on top to press the pan and the trashcans together tightly. Let them sit there for at least an hour. I finished mine at night, so I just let it sit overnight.

Books sitting on top of the DIY side table while the glue dries.

Place your DIY side table in its position of glory!

Your table is finished! Sit it out where you’d like, and add your decor to the top. I placed mine on our porch on top of my new outdoor rug. Since my porch theme is beachy, I added some Dollar Tree shells and knick-knacks on the top of it.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you make your own DIY side table! Be sure to pin this so that you can come back to it when you’re ready to make it, and share it with your friends. Use the buttons below to follow me on social media. Enter your email in the sidebar to subscribe to the blog, so when I upload a new post you will get an email. That way you never miss a thing! Before you go, check out the other DIYs that I used on my summer porch makeover, like this deco mesh wreath tutorial, how to make a banner using your Cricut, and this adorable outdoor thermometer porch decoration.

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