Garbage Can Privacy Screen

DIY Garbage Can Privacy Screen - easy build plans

*This post is awesomely sponsored by Kreg Jig (thanks guys!). All opinions expressed (and of course this project), is my own.

I HATE ugly exposed trash cans and recycling bins, so I’m pretty thrilled with this project!

This week you toured two of my favorite outdoor areas to lounge in my yard, but I have one more corner of my property to show you.

I didn’t show you before because it didn’t seem all that exciting…well, to some anyway. Let me tell you, I HATE ugly exposed trash cans and recycling bins, so I’m pretty thrilled with this project!

Garbage can storage before

(See my cute little munchkin riding her much-too-small-for-her bike? She helped me with this project! She painted her little heart out!)

This Privacy Screen is a super easy build, a great project for beginner builders, although it certainly takes some time to do all the staining. If I didn’t have young helpers who still think “painting” (aka staining) is fun, it would have taken me three times as long.

I think it was well worth the effort. A modern stylish screen is just so much better than seeing whatever unsightly outdoor appliance plagues you… air conditioning unit, outdoor meters, garbage cans, bicycles…your neighbor (I’m not judging). 😀

I put the full tutorial on how to make this bad boy over on, Kreg’s new DIY project plan site.

Privacy Screen slats

What excites me most about the design is that you can choose either side of the frame. Whichever style suits you most (all slats, or a show off a little frame). The back is just as pretty as the front!

DIY Privacy Screen - from the back

You could also customize this plan to be bigger or smaller depending on your needs, or build a whole set for a great divider!

I may just build another set for to create a decorative divider (and maybe plant hanging wall?) for my deck or garden. What do you think?

How To Build An Easy Privacy Screen

Last month I showed you how to build this incredibly awesome (if I do say so myself) outdoor couch, and now my plans to build this privacy screen, and in the coming months I’ll be partnering with Kreg on several more amazing projects. Keep your eyes peeled!

Outdoor DIY Sofa - Featured image

By the way, if you are an amateur builder (like I am), then you’re going to feel like you just got new superpowers after building these pocket hole joined projects. You’ll see! 😀 I used my new Kreg Jig 5 Master System, and my new RYOBI power tools, and I am on a building roll!

Privacy Screen - required tools

*A special thanks to Kreg Jig for sponsoring this post. The ideas, projects, and opinions are my own (as always). But I have to say, I was thrilled to collaborate with Kreg, because I truly am a huge fan of my Kreg Jig!

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20 Comments on Garbage Can Privacy Screen

  1. Tom
    June 20, 2021 at 10:38 pm (4 months ago)

    This was a great and simple privacy screen design. I adapted it to cover up a gas meter and it worked very well. If you have not purchased or used a Kreg tool budget some time to practice on scrap pieces.

  2. Rob
    April 22, 2021 at 9:28 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi, was this privacy screen fence posted on your YouTube channel? I am a subscriber and could not locate. Thank you

  3. kathy
    August 17, 2020 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

    What can you do to prevent this screen from blowing over – my pavement is not completely flat, and we live in a windy area.

  4. Glenn smithson
    March 17, 2020 at 9:46 pm (2 years ago)

    I would like a set of garage can privacy screen plans

  5. Annabelle
    September 22, 2019 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

    What kind of stain did you use?

  6. Barry Chandler
    May 31, 2018 at 5:17 pm (3 years ago)

    It would be helpful if you shared what size boards you used. It looks like 2×6 all around and 2×4 at the bottom.

  7. Nicole
    July 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Any chance you can post the stain colors you used?

    Thank You!

    • Ursula Carmona
      July 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Sure! I used black (solid stain color), and a mahogany stain. 🙂

      • Kasey
        August 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm (4 years ago)

        Do you know what band the mahogany stain was? Thank you!

        • Ursula Carmona
          August 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm (4 years ago)

          Whoops, sorry… it is Minwax Mahogany Gel Stain 😉

          • Jacquelyn Sikora
            May 20, 2021 at 9:27 am (5 months ago)

            Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing this project!

  8. Nicole
    May 31, 2017 at 11:34 am (4 years ago)

    Can you share your stain colors? I didn’t see them on the kreg site either. Thanks!

  9. Birdseye
    January 18, 2017 at 11:49 am (5 years ago)

    I really need privacy when I am emptying my garbage. Somebody might see what I am throwing away 🙂

    • Ursula Carmona
      January 18, 2017 at 11:53 am (5 years ago)

      Oh hahahahahaha!
      Oh man, I guess that should really read Garbage can screen / privacy screen. *holding my sides*

    • Ursula Carmona
      September 18, 2016 at 8:23 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you Ashley! No problems with tipping at all! It is fairly heavy (lots of wood pieces), so as long as the side panels are turned in adequately, it isn’t going anywhere! Come wind, come animals, come kids… 😀
      Even when my little kiddo on the bike ran headlong into it a few times with her bike it didn’t even sway! 😀

    September 12, 2016 at 9:13 pm (5 years ago)

    OH, this will be great for our large eye-sore AC unit! 🙂

  11. Marina Morales
    September 6, 2016 at 3:53 am (5 years ago)

    Absolutely fantastic; very stylish. I know exactly where I can put one, great job! And thank you for the inspiration. Marina

  12. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living
    July 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm (5 years ago)

    This is soo cute! I can’t keep my trash cans outdoors, they stay in the garage. However, this would still work inside the garage!! Great idea. 🙂


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