by Texas Homesteader ~
*contains affiliate link
I’ve been sharing various ways I’m able to repurpose those handy coffee canisters once they’re empty. I’ve painted them and used them for a Back Porch Planter to hold mint transplants. (This also makes a cuter way to share plants with friends.) I’ve also used them to hold large quantities of Dried Rosemary from that beautiful plant outside our back door. And of course I use those canisters in my Garden to simplify my tasks there as well.
I even (after much trial and error) discovered how to Remove The Print from those canisters so I could use it decoratively in my kitchen. But this is the first such decorative project I’ve attempted and I’m BEYOND thrilled at how it turned out! I made a cute, country bread box out of it!
Note: Some links in this post are for further information from earlier posts I’ve written. But links preceded with * are affiliate links. If you click them and buy something (almost anything, not just the item noted) I could receive a small commission. But the price you pay will NOT change. It’s an easy way to support this blog without anything coming out of your pocket. So click often! Thank you!
Coffee Canisters Shrinking These Days
Now it’s irritated me for years that the size of these canisters have been shrinking. It seems we’re getting less and less coffee but paying the same money for it!
I actually contacted Folgers and asked them about this. They said the size of the canisters do change, but their corresponding price changes as well. But the retailers can still charge whatever they want. And oftentimes that price doesn’t change for the consumer at all.
So that means the price we pay remains the same for less product. Grrrrr… But that’s a rant for another time.
Looking For A Bread Box
In this instance it worked out well for me. You see, I wanted a bread box for my homemade bread. I’ve read that the less air space you have with bread storage, the fresher your bread will stay. Some people say they’ve used popcorn tins, others buy breadboxes. I wanted something kinda pretty though. I guess I could paint a popcorn tin but I worry about paint flaking off with repeated use and perhaps getting into our food. So I went searching for a vintage bread box.
YOWZA! They seemed way out of our budget. And most bread boxes were much larger than I needed anyway. After baking and cooling I typically freeze my homemade bread & bring out only 1/2 loaf at a time for us to enjoy. That assures none of my bread goes stale and is wasted. So I only need a bread box that will hold about 1/2-loaf at a time. (see note above about excess air space causing bread to go stale.) I searched & searched but couldn’t find what I was looking for.
Smaller Coffee Canister
Then one day I noticed this smaller coffee canister at the store. Although the price of this coffee was actually HIGHER than the blend that we typically purchase from the same manufacturer, I wanted it for the container. So I plunked down a little more to bring this baby home.
After I brought it home I dumped the coffee into our almost empty (yet larger – eh hem…) container and set to work on this canister. I didn’t want to paint it. Not only do I love the red and black contrasting color, but I don’t want potentially flaking paint next to our food. 3
So the first thing I did was remove the print (there’s a trick to it, y’all!)
Now I’m left with a lovely red & black blank canvas! I had purchased these *Reusable Chalkboard Labels so thought it would look great on my new breadbox.
I used the included chalkboard pen to write ‘BREAD’ on one of the labels. Then I placed the label on my new bread box. I loved it!
But one thing I didn’t think of. Since these waterproof labels are reusable, of course the chalkboard label pen smudged after a few days.
Luckily, all it took was a damp rag and I’m once again left with a brand new clean-slate label.
I bought a *White Paint Pen and re-printed the word BREAD for a more permanent label. I mean, this canister will ALWAYS be my bread box. So there’s no need for a reusable label on it #amiright?
OMGosh y’all, I love the way it turned out! I have a large industrial-sized coffee canister that I’ll be doing this same thing to as well. Stay tuned & I’ll be sure to share what I’ll use it for, and how it turns out!
Coffee Canister Repurpose Ideas:
- Removing The Print
- 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
C’mon by & sit a spell! Come hang out at our Facebook Page. It’s like sitting in a front porch rocker with a glass of cold iced tea – lots of good folks sharing! You can also follow along on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.
If you’d like to receive an email each time a new blog post goes live it’s EASY to Subscribe to our blog!