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Make A Rusty Trash Can Lid Sunflower Wreath

All you rusty junk fanatics will love this project. I made a rusty trash can lid sunflower wreath. Sounds weird, huh? Just wait until you see it. The sunflowers and rusty lid were made for each other.

When I saw the trash can lid at the junk shop, I knew immediately it would make a great front door display. Today is Thrift Store Decor Tour Day and you guys know what that means. Be sure and check out all the fun makeovers at the end of the post.


rusty garbage can lid

The trash can lid was $2 at my favorite junk shop in Hopkinsville, Ky. You know I couldn’t resist the rust.


I also bought the artificial sunflowers at the junk shop but on a different day, and I don’t remember the price but probably a dollar or two.


When planning the project in my head, I decided it had to have a bow. My first thought was burlap and I went to my fabric and ribbon stash, and the green and yellow trim is the first thing that caught my eye. Perfect.

I think I bought the ribbon at a thrift store years ago but I really can’t remember and I sure don’t remember the price but you guys know me……it had to be cheap.

how to make a wreath

The first thing I did was detach the sunflower heads from the stems and also pull the leaves off of the stems, and cut them apart.

tie a ribbon to a wreath

Next, I cut a length of ribbon, slipped it through the lid handle, and tied a bow at the top of the lid. Later when I hung the wreath, the bow was drooping a bit, so I dabbed hot glue to the top of the lid and attached the bow to lift it up.

hot glue sunflowers to wreath form

I used the hot glue gun to stick the sunflower heads to the trash can lid. I pulled the heads off the stems but there was still about a half inch of stem on the sunflower and I clipped it off with scissors.

attach sunflowers to wreath

When I glued the sunflowers to the lid, I held them so they tilted a bit toward the top of the lid. I was afraid if I didn’t when I hung the lid wreath, the sunflowers would be looking downwards since the lid ridges are stair-stepped downwards on the outer edges of the lid. Make sense? Sometimes it’s hard to explain things.

make a sunflower wreath using a rusty garbage can lid

I decided to place the sunflowers in the bottom center of the lid. At least there were three flowers. You know you should always decorate with odd numbers. You must admit that 2 or 4 sunflowers would have just looked off.

rusty can lid sunflower wreath for the door

After the sunflowers went on the lid, I used hot glue and placed the few leaves I had just willy-nilly around the sunflowers.

front door wreath with sunflowers (2)

I think the rusty trash can lid sunflower wreath turned out pretty great. I hung it on our front door using a wreath hanger and I was afraid the wreath might get blown off the hanger. But I was too lazy to try hanging it any other way. While we were out of town in Arkansas, there was a big storm, and many tree limbs were blown down in our neighborhood but the wreath was still hanging. Yes!

rusty trash can lid sunflower wreath thrift store decor project
rusty trash can lid sunflower wreath thrift store decor project

Thanks for all the nice comments on the white distressed dresser with the big fat knobs. The majority of comments about the big fat knobs were positive but I can understand why they weren’t to everyone’s liking. Let me know what you think about the wreath/door display.

sunflower wreath
sunflower wreath

Take the Thrift Store Decor Tour by clicking the orange text links below the “before” makeovers photo collage…….

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Trash Can Lid Sunflower Wreath – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)

As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Happy to hear your new rusty wreath stood the test of the storms! It turned out really good, and so cheery.


  2. Hello Kathy !

    Love your site ! ! You have created upcycling/ reclaimed interiors… your designs are wonderful, one of a kind and bring a smile to my face and you have given me the confidence to try my own designs.


  3. I never would have thought to do that with the lid, you are so creative! Love it!