Trash Bot 3000

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Trash Bot 3000 rubbish bin
Ages school-age

This is a fun family project that my kids and I did together. It didn't cost a lot, and the result is cute and practical! We started with a small trash bin that I found for about $5 and we added old bottle lids, plastic bits and craft supplies I already had on hand. With a bit of glue and details added with permanent markers, we had our Trash Bot 3000 up and running in no time!

What you'll need

  • Small trash bin with flip top
  • Small bottle lids, buttons, straws, chenille stems, wiggle eyes, etc.
  • Permanent markers in black and other colors
  • Industrial strength glue
  • Masking tape

How to make it

  1. plain trash bin

    Start with a clean mini trash bin with a flip top. You could always spray paint one if you can't find the color you want.

  2. trash bot supplies

    Gather up supplies. You'll need permanent markers in different colors, industrial strength glue, and bits and pieces of trash that you can use as buttons and knobs on your robot. I used chenille stems, straws, an old bubble wand, and old contact lens storage lids! You could also use buttons, empty thread spools, or broken bits from battery-operated toys. Whatever you have on hand, really!

  3. hold pieces in place with masking tape

    Glue on the buttons and bits using industrial strength glue. This type of glue usually has a strong, permanent bond, but it needs to cure for many hours. Use masking tape to temporarily hold your pieces onto the curved surface of the trash bin to keep them in place while the glue dries and sets.

    Note: Be sure to use the glue in a well-ventilated area. Also, this type of glue should be handled by a responsible grown-up.

  4. buttons and dials on Trash Bot 3000

    Once the glue is dried and cured, add the finishing details with permanent markers. Draw on buttons, dials and gauges. 

  5. Trash Bot 3000

    Trash Bot 3000 is ready to process your rubbish!


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