Reusing Plastic Coffee Cans

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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February 6, 2017 Flag

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.

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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, 20170 found this helpful

I might try Zipties for this.

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March 23, 2016 Flag

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 23, 2009 Flag

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 Flag

decorated coffee container

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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!

Link: http://www.folgerscoffee.com/apps-tab/can-decorator

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January 26, 2009 Flag

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.

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May 7, 2007 Flag

Coffee can composting

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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 Flag

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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January 26, 2017 Flag

A plastic red container of ground coffee.

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

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December 9, 2007 Flag

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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December 7, 2016 Flag

Declutter with Coffee Cans

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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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May 26, 2011 Flag

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.

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September 15, 2016 Flag

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.

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March 12, 2012 Flag

Coffee Container Toilet Roll Holder, covered in decorative tissue paper

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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.

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December 7, 2016 Flag

Last Minute Easter Egg Basket for Kids

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

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January 29, 2008 Flag

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.

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November 2, 2004 Flag

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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August 21, 2008 Flag

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.

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January 12, 2010 Flag

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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August 5, 2009 Flag

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

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December 28, 2006 Flag

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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November 15, 2011 Flag

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 Flag

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

Hello,

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,

Beverly

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December 16, 2011 Flag

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 Flag

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, 20160 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, 2015 Flag

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

By JAC

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

Have you tried nail polish remover?

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