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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. Save money by repurposing plastic and metal coffee containers.

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, makeup 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.

DIY Make your own Storage containers

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 smaller containers. These are also nice for rice, cereal, and crackers.

First, I emptied the cans of the remaining coffee and washed them out. The empty coffee cans had plastic lids which were washed as well.


Empty coffee can

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

Then I covered the cans by lining up the top of the contact paper to the top of the can, just under the lip.

reusing coffee cans

I wrapped each can completely so that the can was entirely covered by the paper. 

 Then I cut some labels using some chalkboard sticker paper

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



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!

Supplies for Repurposing Coffee Containers

Adhesive paper  – This paper is available in many different prints and styles.

Clean coffee cans – Coffee cans work well because their edges are usually suitable for repurposing. 


Labels – I like these waterproof labels for this project. 


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

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

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Sunday 18th of August 2019

What an inspiring idea to repurpose this. I love when items get a second chance to be beautiful. I'll be featuring it tonight at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party.


Sunday 11th of August 2019

Your coffee can upcycle (recycle?) is gorgeous! And prettier than most containers you could buy for this purpose. Lovely!


Monday 12th of August 2019

Thank you!


Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Such a practical idea, I love a good upcycle.

Monday 5th of August 2019

Super cute idea! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! We hope you will join us again next week! Kim


Tuesday 6th of August 2019

Thank you! I will be there!