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« on: April 10, 2004 09:28:41 AM »

i have a lot of coffee canisters, you know the metal ones, and i remember in elementary school we would make pencil holders for our parents out of them, etc...but what should i do with them now, that's cool? they seem so useful and not to be thrown away, but in fact i can't think of ANYthing to do with them. maybe there isn't anything. what do you all think?

They are great for holding yarn or knitting needles (http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/crafting/article/0,1789,HGTV_3352_2310591,00.html)

But the cutest thing I've ever seen out of them is mom's coffee-can covered with a pretty crochet pattern that turns it into a christmas stocking (complete with stuffed 'toe') and filled with candy canes...lol

kinda hard to explain..but REALLY cute for holiday decorations!

I bet if anyone is interested, I could twist her arm and get the directions out of her..lol

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2004 09:37:41 AM »

Orrrr..you could make them into kitchen canisters..lol

Materials: Spray paint (color of choice); 2 lb. coffee cans; Daisy or other type of trim; glue; Krylon or other clear protective spray coating.


1. Spray or brush paint one and two-pound coffee cans with black (or color of choice) enamel. Allow to dry thoroughly.

2. Glue daisy trim and Venice edging, as shown in photo, starting at seam side of can.

3. Canisters may be wiped clean if project is completed with several coats of crystal clear spray coating (Krylon).

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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2004 09:51:58 AM »

Mom says the coffee can stockings are made out of granny squares- 2 large and 11 smaller.  I'll try to get more outta her when she's not surrounded by her puppies ( http://www.pyrpups.com )
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2004 04:39:40 PM »

coffee cans can be turned into pots for yarn.just paint them with spray paint and stuff yarn into them and i wonder u might be able to turn them into a purse.!!!not the big ones though.sumtimes i keep them to put stuff in and smell the coffee!!!
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2004 03:52:16 PM »

my mum just uses them as sugar and tea bags and nething else she finds in the kitchen
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2004 07:29:10 AM »

I saw something once with paint cans that I bet coffee cans would work well for.  They were mounted on the wall through the bottom, so that the open end faced away from the wall, in a pattern.  In that case, I think it was a laundry room organizer of some kind, but a lot could be done with them.  Paper sorters, mail sorters, yarn-and-other-odds-and-ends holders, pen and pencil holders, in the bathroom, they could be towel holders, in the living room, they could be magazine holders, in a bedroom, homes for stuffed animals to protect them from cats and dogs (if your cats and dogs are anything like mine)...ooh, ooh, here's a good one--shoe racks!  I'll bet each one is just the size for a pair of shoes.  Or on a bedroom wall, (if you have lids for them), they could be lingeree sorters, or over the kitchen sink, (if sealed so as not to rust) a place to sort sponges, brushes and rags.  Or they could be very simply little planters.  Wow, that's a lot of stuff.  I need to get my hands on some coffee cans!

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2004 02:40:05 PM »

I tend to buy imported coffee that comes in fun, colorful cans. They usually aren't written in english either, which add's to the effect.
I use them as planters. I use an old medium size sour cream or yogurt tub (the bigger tubs that are almost the size of the coffee can).
 i use the plastic tub for the plant/dirt (poke holes in the bottom of the plastic tub, then you can put a coffee filter in, before the dirt, to help keep the dirt from falling out of the holes).
then, i just stuck the plastic tub in the coffee can. lovely!

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I saw this on Youtube on Earth Day, maybe you'll like it Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2009 04:16:45 PM »

i've made bird and squirrel feeders--
take 2 of the lids, cut them almost in half--little less than---

take a wooden dowel 3-4 inches longer than the can---

then glue one lid on one end of the can---

take the other and just snap it on---

cut X's nearly at the bottom of the lids where they meet the can---

slide the dowel through the first, unglued, lid----

through the can, and out of the glued lid at the other end-----

add a length of rope, twine, chain etc through the can at the part where the lids have been cut---and hang them (horizontally) in a tree etc

----put your seed inside the can, and the partial lids act as a 'tray' to keep the feed in the can, and the dowel allows for a perching post


« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2009 03:21:36 PM »

I make them into hanging tomato planters, or hobo stoves, like these.

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