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Trash Can Turned Friendly Robot

Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

Trash Can Turned Friendly Robot
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Trash Can Turned Friendly Robot

designed by Felicity Greiner

Add a sci-fi vibe to your home planet with this robotic trash can.

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Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

  • Chartreuse (DA517)
  • Red Barn (DA507)
  • Silver (Metallic) (DA550)
  • True Blue (DA528)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • painter's tape (optional)
  • 2" flat brush
  • 1" flat brush
  • 1/4" flat brush
  • glass cleaner
  • circle or oval pattern
  • trash can


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Clean the entire trash can with glass cleaner.
    Step 0 Example
  2. On the lid, paint everything but the rotating part in Red Barn.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Sketch out or trace a circular object that will be the eye of the robot. Paint the rotating part of the lid in Silver (Metallic), except the circular shape. Let dry. Once dry, use a 1/4" flat brush to outline the eye in True Blue. Use Silver (Metallic) and True Blue to add in small robotic details. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    Step 2 Example
  4. Using a 2" flat brush, create a ring around the bottom of the can in Red Barn. (Use painter's tape, if needed.) Using a 1" flat brush, lay out more robotic details in Red Barn, True Blue, and Silver (Metallic). (Refer to photo for placement.)
    Step 3 Example
  5. Add completing details to the trash can with a 1/4" flat brush. Add Chartreuse, True Blue, and Red Barn within the square. Use the handle end of the brush to create dots. (Refer to photo for placement.)
    Step 4 Example