Repurposed Coffee Can

A repurposed coffee can is perfect for kitchen storage, as well as storage around the house. Check out this 5 minute tutorial to repurpose old coffee cans. This post contains affiliate links which help keep this blog running. Thanks for your support

While growing up, my parents always taught me to reuse things I had when I could. That being said, my dad had a workshop area filled with old peanut cans, coffee cans, milk bottles and mayonnaise jars. I often used these containers for hair ties, make up and other things over the years. Fast forward to today and one of the best uses for metal coffee cans has been a fun project and has helped me organize my kitchen.

I have been saving empty coffee cans for a while and decided to turn them into storage jars. The cans have sealable lids which makes them great for food, spice or tea storage. They are also great for homemade snacks, and seasoning mixes.

I love using them for what I call, final call storage. I store things that are taking room in my pantry, but due to their low quantity, they could be stored in a smaller containers. These are also nice for rice, cereal and crackers.

First, I emptied the cans of the remaining coffee and washed them out.

A repurposed coffee can is like a free storage container!

Then I measured out decorative adhesive paper to cover the sides of the can and covered the sides.


Then I took some chalkboard labels I had and cut them in half.


Then I covered the cans.  This is how they came out. I loved how the repurposed old coffee cans came out.

Making a epurposed coffee can is a great way to reuse metal coffee cans


I used chalkboard labels so that I could change the label from time to time. These are also a nice way to change up your kitchen decor simply (and inexpensively)! Remember, you can use other types of food cans and decorate them too!


Cheap storage solutions - repurposed coffee cans are perfect for some many things!

For additional cheap storage solutions,check out these dollar store organizing solutions.





  1. This is so smart..what a perfect idea for reuse/recycle..and so beautiful as well 🙂

  2. A great repurpose. And they look good too! Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party.

  3. adorable love the paper 😉

  4. Those are great!! They look like something from Target or even better!

  5. A craft that even I can do! And I just so happen to have an empty coffee can lol

  6. What a cool idea! I’m visiting from SITS 🙂

  7. My kind of craft! Easy, creative and … COFFEE! 😉 LOL! … Very good idea!

  8. Ashley Marie says:

    Awesome job! Very crafty and beautiful! I can’t wait to try!

  9. So cute! I’m still getting a hang of the whole DIY thing (read: how many times can I hot glue my hand to the carpet?), but this makes me want to try!

  10. Wow, those look really nice! Since they were coffee cans already, you know for sure they’re safe for food storage, which is definitely a plus! 🙂

  11. Cute idea! I’ve never seen the chalkboard labels before did you get them at a craft store?

    My sister painted a few jars but have to try it out. Wonder if it’d work with pickle jars because I have a ton of those!

    Found you through SITS forum. Night.

  12. Ok. This is awesome. I LOVE that contact paper. This is SO much cheaper than buying expensive Pottery Barn like containers. However, honestly, we aren’t a coffee family :O

    Stopping over from SITS!

  13. Very pretty and practical. Wish you didn’t have to drink coffee to get the cans!

    Visiting from SITS.

  14. {Melinda} Love this idea! So cute — and functional! I’m not a coffee drinker, though. Gotta be something else that will substitute ..hmmmm. Maybe Quaker Oats canisters?

    Very cute blog … subscribing. 😉

  15. What a great idea. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Stopping by from SITS. Have a great weekend.

  16. What a lovey idea, this looks so cute! Thanks Raquel for visiting me and for your sweet words 🙂

  17. Super cute! Love how they turned out! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

  18. So simple and they turned out really cute!

  19. Love this idea!

  20. I like these a LOT!

  21. Oh my gosh I love this idea! I love the contact paper you used too. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a wonderful weekend.


  22. Such a cute tutorial! I’m your newest follower from Aloha Hop!

  23. How to make nice cans out of boring ones, nice job!

  24. That’s a great upcycling idea! I have an old coffee can on my desk to hold all my pens and pencils and ruler and stuff, but it isn’t decorated or anything, just boring silver right now 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  25. I did the same thing but I used empty formula cans! I have the same paper too… They look great and can be used for so many different things, I used mine as a cake pop holder centerpiece for my birthday 🙂

  26. Such a cute idea! Looks super easy to do too. I’ve been finding ways to reuse my old coffee cans so I’m glad I found this idea!

  27. How cool is this?? I was thinking of repurposing some for banks for my kids. I love the idea.


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