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Recently I was chatting with a friend about those little red plastic coffee containers. I love them and use them often for storing various things when we’ve consumed all the coffee from them.
I use them to store short-term quantities of chicken feed, for my gardening purposes, as a compost container to collect items destined for the *compost tumbler, etc.
But after a while you’re run out of things to do with them. I sadly told RancherMan to just go ahead and start putting them in the recycling bin, there was no other use I needed them for.
But in chatting with a friend she said she uses them for pots on her porch. Humm….
Repurposing An Empty Coffee Canister
I pulled that plastic coffee can out of the recycling bin and gave it a once over. Maybe I can do something with this.
I have some chocolate mint given to me by a friend and I’m looking for something to plant it in. But a garish red plastic coffee can planting pot is sitting on the outside table is not the look I’m after. LOL.
I have some hammered copper Rustoleum spray-paint leftover from painting our claw-foot tub feet and I love that color. Let’s see if it helps make that bright red plastic container presentable enough to place on our patio.
Painting The Coffee Can
First I lightly sanded the plastic to give it a rough exterior to accept the paint. Then I placed the empty coffee can upside down on a hotwire post I had pushed into the ground and gave it a light coat of paint.
I didn’t worry with painting the bottom of the can but I did spray a little into the inside rim since I figure that may be visible.
When the paint dried I lightly sprayed a couple more coats to cover the red color completely.
Adding Drainage Holes
Then I took the painted can to RancherMan’s shop and punched some drainage holes in the bottom.
When it was time to plant my mint I lined the bottom with a bit of spent hay to help with drainage (you know, use what cha got!) and plopped in the mint plant, freshly dug up from the front flower beds into my new planting container.
I used the black top of the coffee can to set the planter on so moisture wouldn’t ruin the barnwood table RancherMan had made for me, and I stood back to take a look…
I like it. And I think it will serve perfectly here.
It will also be a prettier transportation vessel when sharing plants with friends. I love it, and I love that it makes a use out of something that was just going to be thrown away into something that would previously have to be purchased.
Coffee Canister Repurpose Ideas:
- The Trick to Removing The Print On Coffee Cans
- Making A Cute Country Bread Box
- How To Make A Flour Canister
- Storing Bulk Items In The Pantry
- Replaceable Food Storage Dishes
- Using Repurposed Canisters In The Garden
- Repurposed Coffee Canister To Cute Inexpensive Planter
- Making A Low-Waste Chicken Feeder
- Coffee Canisters Into EcoBricks For The Garden
- Empty Coffee Can Repurposed For Harvest
- Repurposing A Coffee Can For Deep-Soak Watering
- Coffee Can Repurpose In The Laundry Room
- Fun Ways To Repurpose Coffee Canisters
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