Ballard Inspired Monogrammed Fabric Wastebasket

Monogrammed Fabric Wastebasket {a Ballard Designs Knock off}

Hi friends! I’m excited to be participating in a little tour with several blog friends called “Rock Your Knock Off” where we each choose a high-end item and make our own for way less!  I’m sharing a monogrammed fabric wastebasket that’s just perfect for my master bath. The $89 price tag? I’ll make my own, thank you very much.

Here’s what I used to make my version:

Ballard Monogrammed Garbage Can Knock Off 1b

I found this cheapie can at Kmart. It took less than half a yard of fabric to complete.

First I made a pattern by wrapping the can in paper and folding in the edges along the top, then marking where to cut along the bottom in pencil.

I cut my pattern and tested it on the can, then pinned it to the fabric and cut it out.

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(I used my fabric scissors for cutting the fabric and my inexpensive ones to cut the pattern. I try to only use my good fabric scissors for fabric. :))

I added the monogram using the same technique I used on my Men’s Valet turned Pretty Stool.

Next I took the project outside to attach the fabric using spray adhesive. The directions suggested to spray both surfaces and then wait 15 seconds before attaching, for maximum adhesion.

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One Mississippi, two Mississippi…15!

Then I rolled it right on.

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The last step is adding the trim, which I attached using hot glue.

Ballard Monogrammed Garbage Can Knock Off 10


Monogrammed Fabric Wastebasket (a Ballard Designs Knock Off}

I’m really happy with how it turned out and $15 fits into most budgets.  Have you priced decorative garbage cans lately? They are not cheap.

Monogrammed Fabric Covered Garbage Can {a Ballard Knock Off}

You can create  a beautiful wastebasket to match any décor.

The monogram didn’t transfer as nicely since this fabric has a lot of texture, so I filled it in a bit with a paint pen.

Monogrammed Fabric Covered Garbage Can {a Ballard Knock Off}

Honestly though, I like it just as much without the monogram:

Fabric Covered Wastebasket

Make sure you don’t try to put it in the microwave.

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Um, okay.

I  love it in my master bath:

Monogrammed Fabric Covered Garbage Can {a Ballard Knock Off}


Monogrammed Fabric Wastebasket {a Ballard Designs Knock off}




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  1. Wow — $89 for a trash can? I’ll take your version any day, and I wouldn’t think of putting it in a microwave either! Great job! 🙂

  2. Perfect idea for my new guest bathroom. I cannot find the right trash can. This is a perfect solution. Now for the knobs and towel bar
    Any ideas for a costal beachy theme?

  3. Lovely creation. One thing does puzzle me though, and it may be because I live in the UK, but why would you want to put the bin in the microwave? 🙂

  4. OOPS!! Sorry, didn’t see the microwave warning issued by the manufacturer on the base of the bin 🙂

  5. Woo-Hoo! I really like this and yours is better than the original! Christy, this turned out fabulous and classy. Maybe I am cheap, but there is no way I am paying $89 for a garbage can! Hey, at least yours come with an awesome warning label underneath. LOL!

    • Ha ha, yes…thank you for the warning, Kmart! I’m with you, this was on sale for 20% off and that is still insane, then shipping on top of that. I’m cheap too!

  6. Kristy….LOVE this and it looks even better than the original! I’d say you definitely rocked the knock off! I’m giggling over the don’t put it in the microwave. 🙂 Pinning! Have an awesome day!

  7. What a great project! I love this idea for making a customized trash can to fit any room’s decor. Your $15 version is perfect!

  8. Beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up with us. Your Designs This Time Mondays 8:00am EST

  9. Love your wastebasket knock-off! The pattern is a very important step. If you’ve ever covered a lampshade you know! Oh and taking it outside to spray the adhesive…can be a sticky mess! Another great project, Christy! Thanks. I have the printed burlap just need the plastic waste can!

    • The pattern is very important, June! You are so right. This was a pretty simple project and in fact, the hardest part believe it or not, was finding the perfect trash can. Have a great week. 🙂

  10. Wendy Short says

    Good job, Christy! Yours is definitely the better one!

  11. Super cute! I really like how it turned out and it looks just like the designer version too!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  12. Wait. What? $89 for a garbage can? And people PAY that? My mother-in-law would say they have toys in their head. Yours is beautiful. And genius. Big shocker.

    I’m still reeling from the $89. I had to go to their website and see for myself. There must be real gold or diamonds in that thing is all I can figure. I’m going to go put my head in the microwave now.


  13. Great knockoff, I love it Christy! Who knew Ballard sold fancy expensive trash cans? (Obviously you did – but thanks for showing us how to make one for SO much less!) Awesome job!!

  14. $89 for a trash can is craziness! Yours looks incredible, so impressed!

  15. what a great knock-off! love it all. Hmmm…. I already have the bucket, and probably the fabric, so perhaps a project this weekend! thanks for the inspiration.

  16. You always come up with the best stuff! This is awesome!!! Love!!~~Angela

  17. Great knock off, love how this turned out! You’ve inspired me.

  18. Awesome job! And you can’t beat $15 for a cute garbage can!! Pinned. ~Lisa

  19. I always microwave my trash!!!! I really need to do this to about 4 trash cans around here. Thank you for the great idea! ~Jeanette

  20. This is gorgeous, Christy! I’m in awe of how close yours is to Ballard’s! And I like yours better! So honored to be on this tour with you, my friend! Hope you’re having a great week!

    ~Abby =)

  21. I love it Christy! What a knockoff! Love the monogram and print on the fabric.

  22. I actually like yours better, Christy! You did a fabulous knockoff and great tutorial. Very impressive. I am happily pinning your knockoff! 🙂

  23. Great knock off Christy!! Looks so easy…and yes, they are expensive!! Too funny about the ‘warning’ on the bottom!!
    Have a great weekend!!


    • This is about the easiest project ever, Nancy! That warning cracked me up, also take note that you should never put boiling hot water in it either. 🙂 Have a great weekend…tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful! XO

  24. That is such a great looking bin! You did a great job. The fabric is really lovely.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  25. This is so awesome! and I love easy projects you did a great job on this 🙂

  26. This is such a great project Christy! I am in the process of redoing my master bath and am going to hack your hack, lol! I love your rug…do you mind sharing where you got it??
    Thanks, happy weekend,

  27. This is great, Christy. I love it and I’m pinning. Thanks!

  28. Christy, I’ve also posted your pretty monogrammed wastebasket on the DIY Sunday Showcase Board – thanks for linking up to the party!

  29. Hi Christy! Just popping back in to thank you for sharing this at Best of the Weekend! Hope you’re having a good Monday!

  30. It’s almost too pretty to put garbage in! And I’ll make sure not to nuke any trash in the lovely can. (Safety first!)

  31. Wow – amazing knock off Christy!! I can’t believe how much it looks like the real thing and was so simple.

  32. I just love Ballard designs! This is a great reproduction! I pinned it too- you can see it on @shabbynot4gotten!

  33. Thanks for sharing your wonderful project.
    Have a great week.

  34. Love it!

  35. Love it, even better than the pricey one. Where did you get the fabric?

  36. Really nice project and great tutorial. Thanks, I may give this one a try!

  37. Christy! I have to say, I saw this post on your site before and didn’t think too much about trashcans at the time. This time, when I saw it, I thought to myself, WOW!!! I like your version MUCH better regardless of the price!!! I love your projects and your tutorials. Thank you for posting this!

  38. This is Tess again. I just wanted to add a “by the way”. I’m right in the middle of doing your mini drop cloth rosette stool and everyone who sees it loves it!!! Thanks for that tutorial, too!!!

    • You are so welcome! That stool is one of my favorite makeovers ever. It’s so fun to see an old, unloved piece brought back to life, isn’t it? SO glad to have you following along. 🙂


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