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DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans – FREE woodworking plans!

Having trash cans stored in your front yard can really hurt your curb appeal, and many HOAs will fine you for it. Here’s the easy way to hide your trash bins behind a DIY lattice wall – with free PDF woodworking plans!

Our trash and recycling cans have always been along the side of our house since before we moved in.

One day I was talking to my neighbor about random HOA rules and he mentioned that you weren’t supposed to have your garbage bins in view of the street.

But, how do you hide your garbage cans outside?!

At the time, I figured oh well, since they had always been there, but I also decided that eventually I would fix it.

I can’t move them, because our garage is always an active project zone and we have our shed in the small space behind the garage.

But, when I saw some roadside wood scraps one day, I knew I could make a free simple way to hide our trash cans.

Using a small trellis to hide garbage cans is both functional and attractive.

This is also a great solution if you are looking for outdoor garbage can storage! 

Check out all of our favorite ways to upgrade your backyard on a budget!

How to build a lattice garbage can enclosure

Simple DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans - Charleston Crafted

Here’s how I built this outdoor garbage can enclosure.

So my scraps were free, but they were 2-3 foot long scraps of fence posts that someone tossed in a pile when they finished their new fence.

I basically wanted to make a platform enclosure for the two cans to rest on and attach a lattice wall to it.

I couldn’t just dig down into the ground and build the wall because I know a bunch of wires and our main water line run right through that area.

The most important thing to remember if you do this for yourself is to make sure the base is wide enough for the TOPS of both of your trash cans and is tall enough to go a few inches above the lid.

Simple DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans - Charleston Crafted

So I started by building the base. I created a frame with support beams first.

Simple DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans - Charleston Crafted

Then I cut fence boards to fit on the beams. Each board rested on at least two beams.

I used my RYOBI AirStrike nail gun to nail them in place.

Simple DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans - Charleston Crafted

Then I built the wall. I cut the longest board I had taken into through strips about two inches wide.

Then I cut a piece of lattice (this was the only thing I bought for this project) to be the size I needed.

For me, it was 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall. Then I nailed this to the boards I’d just cut.

Simple DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans - Charleston Crafted

Finally, I attached this to the outside of the base with screws along the bottom and one stabilizing cross-beam using a 2″x2″ I’ve had laying around.

The wall needed to be stabilized from the top or it would eventually snap off if only connected by the screws at the bottom.

I cut a 45 degree angle on each end of the beam and nailed it into place.

Simple DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans - Charleston Crafted
Simple DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans - Charleston Crafted

In the end, it was exactly what I wanted! Out outdoor trash cans look so much more hidden.

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This project was great because it was almost entirely free.

I was able to build the entire thing in about 3 hours.

I was glad to get this project done this way even though it had been on my list for almost two years, but was never a priority.

This is a simple DIY way to hide your trash cans and can be customized easily for your space!

If you want to hide your indoor trash, check out our DIY tilt out kitchen trash can and our laundry room trash can hack!

Any questions about this garbage can fence DIY project?

Simple DIY Way to Hide Your Trash Cans - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1

How to Hide Your Outdoor Trash Cans

Prep Time: 1 hour
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10-50

This DIY project is prefect for hiding your outdoor trash and recycling cans. If you need to keep your cans out of view, build a quick platform with a lattice wall and keep them concealed. Plans may vary minimally based on your trash can size, but can be easily adjusted. Measure the TOPS of your trash cans and make sure that the base and wall are wide enough to cover the tops.


  • 50'- 2"x2" boards
  • 3'x4' lattice
  • (6) 1"x6" outdoor grade boards


  • Miter Saw
  • Nail gun


  1. Build a base frame with 2"x2"s that is 6'x3'
  2. Add supporting beams within that frame.
  3. Attach 1"x6" boards to the frame with a nail gun.
  4. Build a wall frame that is 3'x4'
  5. Attach lattice to the inside of the wall frame.
  6. Screw wall into the base.
  7. Attach a 5 foot long 2"x2" board with a 45 degree angle on each end to the wall and the base to stabilize.

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