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Reusing Plastic Coffee Cans

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Ground coffee can now be found in reusable plastic containers with a tight fitting lid and handle. They are perfect for storage and crafts. This is a guide about reusing plastic coffee cans.


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March 23, 2016

I buy the large coffee jugs, the 33 oz. size. They are made so well, they have a handle on the side, with a good tight seal lid. I just can't see throwing them away. I give them to neighbors that I know, one being an older gentleman that uses them for his screws, nails and other little tools.

I have been cleaning out and organizing things and got out the jugs I was saving. So here are a few ideas I am using myself.

Source: My own organizing idea!

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December 17, 20160 found this helpful

I use then to store rice,beans etc and I put used coffe r grounds @ rgg shells etc for compost you can put cement in them for posts

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February 6, 2017

I get a lot of these from recycling and my friends save them for me, too. This is just what I had empty so I am going to keep going, but I ran into a snag. So here's the tip and a cautionary warning.

I used clear tape because I didn't have any duct tape. I highly recommend you use the duct tape. It will stick better and last longer.

But, for today's tip, I taped them together in groups of two, then four. Then I taped them on the bottom and then around the edges.

Because I wanted them to sit up a bit, I placed two scrap pieces of wood underneath the front only. Then I stacked and taped a second row of shorter tubs and filled them with fabric in rolls, squares, and strips.

When I get some more tape, I will redo this and keep going till I have a tower. For stability I will hot glue burn a hole or use a nail and hammer to secure them to the wall as I go up, just one per row of 4 should do it.

But for now...this is an idea you can use on shelves, too. N-JOY!!

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February 7, 20171 found this helpful

I might try Zipties for this.

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February 23, 2009

As a former teacher I am very much aware of how many out-of-pocket expenses teachers have. One big request is tissues, especially this time of year.


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December 15, 2011

decorated coffee container

Folger's has lovely holiday templates on their website for you to decorate their red canisters! There are even instructions. I can think of many more ways to use that clip art, myself!



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January 26, 2009

I use the large coffee containers as a trash can to collect lint from my dryer. It is large enough to collect a lot, and allows the lint to compress without breaking the container.


May 7, 2007

Coffee can composting

Save one of the new kinds of large plastic coffee cans to make a quick counter top compost bin! Label clearly so everyone knows what it is.


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December 12, 2008

This is one from my hubby. He has me keeping all of the 2 pound plastic coffee containers with the handles on them for future use in his shop. He builds houses and remodels them as well.


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December 9, 2007

If you buy coffee in the large plastic canisters, you can go online to the Folger's website, and print off holiday templates to glue over the existing labels. These frugal containers can be used for homemade cookies


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May 26, 2011

When I empty my plastic coffee containers, I paint them with paint for plastic found at your craft store or any paint store. I use these containers to store rice, beans, or any dry food product.


December 7, 20161 found this helpful

Declutter with Coffee Cans

This is a guide about organizing with plastic coffee containers. If you purchase coffee in large plastic containers, be sure to reuse them for your clutter.


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March 12, 2012

Coffee Container Toilet Roll Holder, covered in decorative tissue paper

I have lots of the big red Folgers coffee containers and I decided to use them to make a toilet paper storage unit for the bathroom. I took 3 large containers, cut the bottom out of two of them and stacked them on top of each other.


January 26, 20170 found this helpful

A plastic red container of ground coffee.

Plastic contains can be used in many craft projects. This is a guide about finding plastic Folger's coffee cans.


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January 29, 2008

I have been using my empty plastic coffee containers for organizing my kitchen lately. I have one full of cookie cutters, one contains my decorating supplies, etc. The small ones are also wonderful for the kids' tiny toys, like plastic dinos or army men.


November 2, 2004

The plastic Folger's coffee cans really made me MAD when they were first introduced. I have always been a HUGE fan of the metal cans. HOWEVER, these plastic cans are just WONDERFUL!


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September 15, 2016

I buy these all the time. Well, with the coffee in them, of course! I wash them out and fill them individually with sugar, flour, etc. I then label them on the handles and put them in my cabinets.


August 21, 2008

The 34 oz. plastic coffee cans that come with the nice plastic lids are great to store the 1.75 qt. round ice cream containers in your freezer and prevent freezer burn or crystallization of the ice cream.


December 7, 20160 found this helpful

Last Minute Easter Egg Basket for Kids

A coffee can makes a perfect last minute Easter Basket for children. This is a guide about making a plastic coffee can Easter basket.


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January 12, 2010

Use new coffee filters to get rid of odors in enclosed containers. Like re-using plastic coffee cans or in stored Tupperware with lids on, equals no plastic odor!


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December 28, 2006

Coffee Containers As Toys. We re-use those plastic coffee containers as frugal toys. They are fun for toddlers to stack and store things. My 15 month old loves to put things in them, and take them out, and put the lid on and off.


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August 5, 2009

I use the red and green coffee plastic containers in the following way...



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November 15, 2011

What are some good ideas for recycling the Folger's and Maxwell House plastic coffee cans/jugs? I use mine to keep compost in before taking out to the compost bin, but are there any other ideas?

By Kim

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

In the winter, I keep a large Folger can full of inexpensive cat litter, and keep it in my car. Cat litter is great to put under your wheels, if your stuck on ice.

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December 19, 2009

I hate throwing containers away, but what else can I do with all the blue plastic Maxwell House and red Folgers coffee containers, besides hiding craft supplies in them?

By Gretta from Wayne, OK

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful


Folgers website has some free Christmas printable's for the plastic cans!

http://www.folg  ister/index.aspx

These would be great for gifting cookies :)

have a great day,


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December 16, 2011

How do I get the coffee smell out of the Folders coffee canisters? I have tried baking soda and putting it in the sun for a few days, but the coffee smell always comes back. I want to use these for Christmas treats and I don't want them to smell like coffee. Please help. Thank you.

By Lana W.

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March 16, 20160 found this helpful

Put peanut butter in them and cover it.

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November 14, 2013

I have quite a few empty Folgers Instant containers, in different sizes. I just love the shape.
I'm looking for suggestions on different ways to decorate and utilize these containers. I will share photos during the process.

Thanks guys, you're the best.

By Linda

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August 2, 20161 found this helpful

I covered them with decorative Contact adhesive paper, and made storage containers for rice, dried beans, brown sugar, cornmeal, pasta, chocolate chips, coconut, breadcrumbs, etc. I put chalkboard labels on the front. They stack well on my shelves, and are pretty much airtight.

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April 1, 20150 found this helpful

I read online how to remove the lettering from the containers, but nothing worked. Any suggestions?


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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

Have you tried nail polish remover?

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November 28, 2010

I have several of the red plastic coffee containers from Folger's coffee. Does anyone have a good idea for use of these for crafts, etc.?

By Sandy from Bedford, PA

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

If you go to the Folger's website: http://www.folg  n-decorator.aspx they have holiday labels that you can print out and apply to the canister to make nicely decorated containers to use for cookies or other gifts.

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December 26, 2011

I need some ideas for what to do with large plastic coffee cans. They are very sturdy and it seems to me there have got to be good uses for them.

By Marion

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December 27, 20110 found this helpful

Two suggestions. On the search on the site type in "coffee can" and hundreds of uses will show up. As for me I use the coffee cans for several uses. One can I keep on the dryer to use as a trash can for the lint from the dryer. Another item I use them for is any trash which has sharp edges which would otherwise tear a plastic trash.

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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

I am looking for uses for plastic coffee cans.

By Einy L

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April 16, 20120 found this helpful

I use to freeze food items such as homemade chicken broth, home made soup etc. Also these are good to keep dry goods such as pasta, rice.

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January 12, 20100 found this helpful

I buy coffee from the warehouse store in very big plastic containers.


December 19, 20090 found this helpful

I'd like ideas for making crafts out of the plastic coffee cans. I'd like to make useful items to sell at a bazaar. I have so many of these containers.


June 17, 20080 found this helpful

I have lots of the plastic coffee cans (containers). Folgers and Maxwell House seem to have gone to plastic instead of metal cans. What can be done with them?

Rachel from Buford, GA


Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

I teach preschool and I use mine as storage cans for scissors, buttons and glue sticks and all the craft things like poms and feathers. This way in my craft cupboard it is all together. I cover the cans with paper either wall paper or craft paper and label them! You can make some crafts too by painting them snowmen and santas at holidays or you can decorate and use as a tin to give a gift etc! (01/03/2008)

By KimmyLynn

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

It's a little late for Christmas gifts, but maybe this can help out for next year...

Folgers has printable labels to put on the canisters so you can fill them up with baked goods or other gifts. (01/04/2008)

By Trix

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

Here's what became of one of mine! (01/04/2008)

By melody_yesterday

RE: Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

I like to buy a lot of stuff in the bulk food section of the grocery stores, such as rice, pasta, oats, couscous, cream of wheat, cornmeal, icing sugar, dried lentils, chocolate chips, etc. So instead of all the stuff sitting in a plastic bag I put it in an old coffee container and label it with the name of what is inside.


By Lisa

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

We had a lot of neighbors over for a summer picnic and I put the steak knives point down in one canister and the same with the forks. It's extra silver ware I have so it is easy to put away and get out again for another picnic. (01/04/2008)

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

I have found they are great to store chopped or cut onion in the refrigerator. The odor is contained and doesn't seem to permeate the plastic. (01/05/2008)

By Elizabeth

Uses for Plastic Coffee Containers

I keep one under the sink in the kitchen and use it to drain grease into after frying hamburger, etc. (01/06/2008)

By Cindy S.

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January 2, 20080 found this helpful
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