Reusing Plastic Coffee Cans

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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


November 18, 20130 found this helpful

If you have a small, medium, and a large, paint all three white. With the large on bottom, glue the medium one to the large, and the small to the medium and you have a snowman. Then decorate and add to the medium one with stick arms and so on!

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December 29, 20130 found this helpful

They would make great banks. If you have more than one child you can decorate them and put each person's name on the tops.
I use them to store sewing stuff.

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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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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

You can go to, click on "Apps" and then click on "decorate your canister". There are seasonal designs that you can customize and print out on adhesive paper.

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I am so glad I finally found Thrifty Fun again. I need your suggestions for things I can do with Folger's Instant Coffee jars. I have a lot of small ones, they are so cute. I hate to just keep collecting them in a plastic bag. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.


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April 1, 2015

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



June 11, 20151 found this helpful

Have you tried nail polish remover?

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January 20, 20160 found this helpful

use a rag and lacquer thinner will take right off use in well ventilated area wear rubber gloves

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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


November 29, 20100 found this helpful

Mine have: scraps of lace, buttons, yarn with a hole in the lid for me to crochet out of. In the kitchen I have my cookie cutters, rice, corn meal etc. In the winter months with snow I keep salt in one near the door for my steps.

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

I use mine to dispose of old cooking oil and food grease. I store it in the freezer so when I go to throw it away it doesn't make a huge mess in the garbage.
This year I plan to use a few of them to store Christmas ornaments in, as my old shoe boxes are in disrepair.
I also have a friend that uses them for storage and preparation her own homemade scent saches. She mixes the pine cones, wood shavings, and dried flowers with the scented oils in the containers so her good plastic is not ruined.

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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

If you go to the Folger's website: 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 1, 20100 found this helpful

If you have a lot and won't be using them, leave a note in the church bulletin, radio trading post, freebie section of the paper. Many garage clean up time begs for these. Workshops, retired guys trying to keep their wives happier with cleaned up nuts/bolts, etc.

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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


December 26, 20110 found this helpful

They make great canisters for flour, sugar, cookies, dog food, and things like that. Look around your house and garage and see if there is anything you can store in them like craft supplies, nails, or whatever. If you knit or crochet, they are real nice for keeping the yarn for a current project in.

Make a hole in the lid, thread the yarn through it, put the yarn in the container, put the lid on, and your yarn will stay clean and neat while you use it. It won't roll around on the floor, either. If you are using more than one color of yarn, make enough holes in top of the lid for each color.

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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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December 31, 20160 found this helpful

the best use I found for them is to use one to put paint in, so much easier than trying to dip brush in gallon can of paint. And it has a "built in" handle.

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April 14, 2012

I am looking for uses for plastic coffee cans.

By Einy L


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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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!

decorated coffee container


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December 7, 2016

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

Declutter with Coffee Cans

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April 22, 2019

Giving young tomato plants a start following this method is easy and allows you to move them into the garden with little stress. This is a page about starting tomatoes in coffee cans.

Starting Tomatoes in Coffee Cans

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January 26, 2017

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

A plastic red container of ground coffee.

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December 7, 2016

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

Last Minute Easter Egg Basket for Kids

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January 12, 2010

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

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December 19, 2009

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.

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