Repurposing coffee cans is a fun and creative way to transform empty coffee canisters into decorative and functional pieces for your backyard or home. With a little paint and imagination, you can turn coffee cans into something special. Before tossing empty coffee cans, consider giving them a second life with these craft ideas for empty coffee containers.

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1. Planters

Repurposing coffee cans into planters is simple, all you need is potting soil, a plant or seeds, and a nail or screwdriver. First, punch drainage holes, then fill the can with potting soil and plant your desired plants. If you’re planting seeds, be sure to follow the instructions in place on your seed packets. You can also decorate your planters with acrylic paint or wrap them in twine for a rustic look. This can also make a perfect low-cost gift for friends who love plants and succulents.

2. Vase

Coffee canisters can be decorated to create beautiful and functional vases. You can use different paint colors and patterns, glue on glitter, beads, or any other embellishments. Once decorated, fill the can with water and place your favorite flowers inside.

3. Storage Containers

Coffee cans are a versatile storage solution for a variety of items, including kitchen utensils, art supplies, office supplies, and small tools. These canisters are a great way to organize your items in your garage, office, or craft room. You can decorate them with acrylic paint or spray paint to match your decor.

4. Luminaries

Add a festive touch to your backyard or garden with luminaries made from tin coffee cans. Simply use a nail or screwdriver to punch holes in the canister for the light to filter through. Then place candles or tealights inside and light them up.

5. Coin Bank

Coffee canisters can make functional coin banks. Simply cut a slit through the lid to drop a coin into. You can also decorate the canister with paint or construction paper to make it more fun.

6. Bird Feeder

Repurposing a coffee can into a bird feeder is a fun and inexpensive project that only takes a few minutes. First, remove the plastic lid and use a can opener to remove the bottom of the can. Then you can decorate the can by using spray paint or acrylic paint, if desired. Cut the plastic lid in half and glue one half to each opening. This will hold bird seeds in place and create a perch for the birds. Thread wire or twine through the can and hang it from a branch. Finally, fill the can with bird seed and enjoy watching the birds flock to your feeder.

7. Candle Holder

Tin coffee canisters can be repurposed into useful candle holders. Decorate the outside of the canister with acrylic paint or spray paint, if desired. Make sure the coffee canister is large enough to hold a candle and that the candle is centered inside. Finally, place the canister on a heat-safe surface and make sure to not leave burning candles unattended. 

8. Decorative Toilet Brush and Plunger Holders

Repurposing coffee canisters is an easy and stylish way to hide away bathroom cleaning tools. Simply use spray paint or acrylic paint on two canisters to match your bathroom décor, then place the toilet brush and plunger in each canister. 

9. Plastic Bag Dispenser

Repurpose a coffee can to organize plastic bags and reduce clutter. First, take the coffee can lid and carefully cut an “X” in the center of the lid with scissors. Put the lid back on the can and stuff a bag into the canister through the “X”, leaving only the handles out. Then add other bags through the previous bag’s handles and repeat until the can is full.   

Coffee cans can be used to create a wide range of creative and functional crafts. Not only is Café Bustelo known for its rich, bold flavor, but the vibrant yellow cans can be repurposed into a variety of creative and functional items. So next time you finish a can of Café Bustelo, don’t throw it away! Get creative and repurpose it into something new.