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Here are two tips for the less handy among us.
After making one cut into the handle of a popular coffee can, I ended up with a weather and bug-resistant container for my clothes-pins. One for each line, just slide it as you hang out the clothes. Thinking about it now, connecting the lid with a piece of string would keep it handier than picking it off the ground.
Inspired by this, I took my trusty steak knife and carefully carved an opening in the corner of another can. And I twisted a small hole into the handle to accept the screw hook. Now the birds have another alfresco dining spot.
At least now I'm not tripping over empty containers I knew could be used for something.
David from Cheboygan, MI
Place the paper in the coffee can, roll the marble in desired paint color, and drop the marble in the can.
Add the lid to the coffee can and shake it up!
Remove the lid and repeat with other colors if desired.
Remove paper and allow to dry. Do several circles of paper!
Hang individual pieces of paper to display, or attach to a string to keep them all together. This is a fun way to paint for even the youngest artists!
By Jayme from Harrisonburg, VA
Approximate Time: 1 1/2 hour
By Sharon from Lakeland, FL
This is a pencil and pen holder made out of a plastic coffee container. It uses hair bands, assorted beads, and decorations. There is no glue used, but in the case of the foam heart I used a bit of duct tape.
By Robyn from TN
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I have many 3 lb. coffee cans that I hate to throw away. Does anyone have any clever and practical uses for them? Thanks.
There's a company selling durable coffee can lids in multi colors. www.kankraft.com This makes it possible to toss that old flimsy plastic lid. Then you can paint the can the color of the lid that you buy and craft the can say with a glue gun and trinkets in any theme you want. These make great personal gifts. Makes great projects for kids like boy and girl scout troops, etc.
You can put a small coffee can with 1/2 and 1/2, vanilla and sugar (ice cream mix) in it, lid on tight inside a big coffee can with ice and salt packed in around it to make ice cream. Tape the large lid on, and roll the can around for 20-30 minutes, then check to see if you have ice cream. Kids love this, and moms look really silly playing "kick the can" in the street. Great fun!
I need 10 of them, how can I purchase, rds2301 @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)
I have many 1 and 3 lb coffee cans with lids if any one wants them. All they have to do is pay the actual shipping costs. please email trinkys2 @ yahoo.com (remove spaces) and list coffee cans in the subject line.
I found always found it usefull to use old coffee cans to put cigarette butts in.
Try this site [ www.kankraft.com ] this will give you some ideas of what to do w/those old 3 lb cans. And a 3 lb coffee can is also the exact same size at the large #10 vegy cans. Dave
I use my old coffee cans to dump old coffee grounds into. I hate pouring them directly into the trash can liners as I've had too many rip on me and out come the grounds. When can is filled, cover with the can's lid (save that too), and put the whole thing into the trash.
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Coffee can with decorative snowman. I love walking by and seeing this cheerful snowman smile at me! It's in my dining room on a little rolling cabinet my dad made many years ago.