How to Make DIY Basketball Hoop Trash Can

Some houses just don’t have enough space for a basketball hoop. However, don’t let it stop you from having one. In fact, you can have a basketball hoop that will fit the place and can be used without a lot of space to dribble with this trash can basketball hoop. Though they can be made using cardboard, making them with wood will make them even more durable, especially if you have heavy trashes.

Materials and Tools:

  • A 2×4 board
  • A ¾-inch plywood sheet or project panel
  • 9 of 1×10 15 ½-inches board (or use a ¾-inch 9 ¼ x 15 ½-inches plywood sheet)
  • 2 of 2-inches wood screws
  • 2 of 3-inches wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Circular Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Trash can
  • Painter tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint (use the color you like. We are using black acrylic paint)
  • (Protection) Hearing protection and safety glasses


  1. Cut the boards according to the plan. Here’s the cut list:
  • ¾-inch plywood sheet: a 13 x 15 ½-inches board for the base. If you are not using the 1×10 board, cut another piece for 9 ¼ x 15 ½-inches for the backboard.
  • 2×4: cut a 24-inches piece for the support
  1. (If you are using the 1×10) glue a side of a board and stick another board on it. Repeat until all the boards are glued into one plank. Then, clamp the plank until the glue dried. To make sure the board edges will be straight, put scrap planks on the sides before clamping from there.

  1. Next, shape the base. Measure the 13 x 15 ½-inches board from the center then trace a curve to one of the short sides. The distance between the center to the long side must be 6 ½-inches. Then, cut following the tracing. You can also do this the easy way by tracing a big bowl or any other circular item to the board.

  1. If you want to paint or varnish the pieces, do it right now. Then, after they dried, apply the painter tape on the base and the backboard following the actual basketball backboard and court patterns (shown below). Paint following that guide then peels the tape off once you are done painting. Set aside to dry the paint.

  1. Next, glue the support to the middle of the flat side of the base. After the glue dried, flip them (bottom of the base facing you), drill, then screw the bottom of the support from the base using two 3-inches screws.

  1. Glue the backboard to the support. Again, after it dries, drill and screw the board from the back of the support using the 2-inches screws. Lastly, put your trashcan under the backboard inside the border we painted and we are done!

This basketball hoop is quite easy to make even for total beginners. If you are making this project for children, involve them in the decorating process to give them extra fun. Plus, a trash can basketball hoop in the house can build the habit of throwing trashes into the trash can while having fun!