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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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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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. I have made a clever tissue holder for my grandson's teacher. I'm sure she will appreciate not having to add boxes of tissue to her need-to-buy list.

You'll need a large empty coffee can with a snap-on plastic lid, contact paper or wallpaper, non-slip drawer/cabinet liner, Elmer's glue, and a roll of toilet paper.

Remove the plastic lid and cut a round hole (about and inch and a half in diameter) in the center of it. Make four small cuts at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock to "grab" the tissue as it's torn off. (Think about the cuts in the top of a container of wipes).

Measure the height and circumference of the can. Using these measurements, cut contact paper or wallpaper to cover the can. Contact paper should stick on its own. Use the glue if it doesn't or if you choose to use wallpaper. Apply stickers, stamps, draw designs, personalize it with the teacher's name or decorate the can however you choose.

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Set the can on a piece of the non-skid rubber liner and use a pen to draw around the can to show where to cut. Cut out the circle and glue it to the bottom of the can. (Keeps the can from sliding around while a piece of tissue is being pulled out).

Pull the cardboard roll out of the center of the roll of toilet paper. Start pulling the tissue from the inside of the roll of toilet paper and thread it through the hole in the center of the lid. Snap the lid in place on the top of the can.

Now the teacher has a convenient dispenser from which the students can pull off as much or as little as they need. An added benefit for the teacher is that the school supplies toilet paper but not boxes of tissue. To refill all she or he needs to do is to pick up a fresh roll from the janitor.

Go ahead and get busy. Those teachers could use a little lift this time of the year. Next year make one for your child's new teacher and send it in along with supplies on her start-of-school wish list.

By Sandy from Elon, NC

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December 15, 2011 Flag

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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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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December 7, 2016 Flag

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 7, 2007 Flag

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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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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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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December 7, 2016 Flag

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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March 12, 2012 Flag

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.

Coffee Container Toilet Roll Holder, covered in decorative tissue paper

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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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July 23, 2015 Flag

My grandchildren and I are making birdhouses out of used Folger's 11.3 oz. plastic coffee cans. They are handpainted and really awesome looking. We are selling them and all proceeds go towards helping with health care and infrastructure in the country of Mali, Africa.

I didn't anticipate how dificult it would be to find these cans in large numbers. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

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December 15, 20161 found this helpful

Free cycle.org is a wonderful place to find things that people don't want to go into the land fill. You can also post wanted items on this too.

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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?

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April 7, 20130 found this helpful

Our golden retriever loves to play catch only the ball gets so "slobbery". My grand daughter taught him to drop the ball in the can! Then she doesn't have to touch the slobber and can easily throw the ball for him holding the handle. Works great!

I also use it to hold yarn balls for knitting. I cut a round hole in the top for the yarn to come through. It works perfectly. And, my big dog isn't tempted to chase the yarn!

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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?

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

Have you tried nail polish remover?

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November 28, 2010 Flag

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 Flag

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.

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