Upcycled Coffee Tin

Attention, coffee addicts! You already have what you need for this fabulous repurposing idea.

By: Sarah from
Upcycled Coffee Tin
Upcycled Coffee Tin
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If you're looking for fun and easy upcycling ideas and you happen to love coffee, you'll really enjoy this Upcycled Coffee Tin project!

Recycled coffee tins are great places to store small items in your kitchen or around your house, and this coffee can craft is absolutely adorable. Cover your coffee tin with chalk paint so you can write a cute message or draw a design or picture.

These upcycled tins are great for storing jewelry, office supplies, or other knick knacks. No matter what you decide to put in them, these coffee cans will add a nice decorative touch to any room!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueHome Decor


Project TypeMake a Project

How to Get Rid of the Coffee Smell

If you want to upcycle a coffee can but don’t want the smell to linger, there are several methods you can try to deodorize it. Here are a few:

  • Wash the container with soap and hot water as soon as possible after you're done using it.
  • Place the open container outside on a sunny day, as the sun has a natural ability to fight odors.
  • Sprinkle baking soda into the container. Cover it and let it sit overnight. Repeat if necessary.
  • Soak pieces of newspaper in vinegar and place them in the container. Close the lid and let it sit overnight. Repeat if necessary.
  • Fill the container with cold water and a quarter cup of salt. Let it sit overnight.
  • Fill the container with a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar. Let it sit overnight.

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A very nice upcycling idea and it sounds like one that could be used for a variety of types of tins. I think you could use a tin to store coffee or even tea bags as well. Also, some other commenters mentioned using tins to give gifts such as cookies or fudge after making the tins look nice. The only thing I would "change" is the wording in the instructions that says to use chalk paint. I think they mean chalk board paint, as chalk paint is a specific type of paint that you cannot write on with chalk, chalk board paint is the type you would use if you wanted to write on the surface. It is available in both spray on and brush on styles and I have used both. It normally takes a few coats to get good coverage. If you don't want the writing to rub off each time you touch the tin, you can spray it with poly urethane "varnish".

Up cycling any tin would be a great project idea. During the holiday, we all get those cookies in tins or tri-flavored popcorn. After they tins are empty, here is a great way to re-gift. Spruce up the containers and re-gift the tins during the holidays with homemade items. Neat

Now I have to look for coffee in tins. I usually buy a bag of beans and grind them myself. I am sure the better stores have them in tins. I am big on recycling, especially anything that will hold items. Painting in the chalk paint makes it easy to label and it looks so decorative. I won't be using spray paint since that bothers my breathing but the paint does come in containers you can brush on. Now to buy more coffee!

I love the idea that I could use these for so many things. I can see making them for my daughter and her many pencils, markers, and pens. They would look great in the kitchen with my tea and creamers. I could put cotton balls and other essentials in them too. Great post!

I usually purchase my coffee in large plastic containers. This is almost a good reason to buy my coffee in tins. Being able to upcycle any item is always a good thing, but I can see multiple uses including using the upcycled coffee tins as gift containers as well as storage.

This is a great idea and not to early to start thinking Christmas. I have a box in my closet where I put things all year to use at Christmas. That way the expense doesn't h It me all at once. I am going to start saving any cans that I think are useful and then be ready when I see a neat idea like this one. Thank you for sharing an Idea and inspiration.

As much coffee as we drink in our house, we can sure use a great project like this to upcycle some of the cans instead of throwing them all away. I think these would look great on a shelf in the garage. My husband could label the cans with whatever screw or bolt size he was using so that they were easy to find for his next project. Thanks for sharing!

This is such a fun and easy project! Im a coffee drinker and I love getting different flavored coffees for gifts. You can use it with any tin. I primed the tin first and then put on two coats of the chalkboard paint. I used the recipients favorite color for the lids and filled with their favorite coffee beans! What a hit! I know they all use them daily and want to make some themselves.

This is a great upcycling project! It would work with any kind of tin. Using a coat of primer paint before putting on the chalk paint is a great idea, and kind of necessary for it to work. For the writing on it I think I would use a stencil so it would come out better than my handwriting. -)

I have up cycled tins before and use them for storing matches, another for bandaids and emergency first aid kit, as well as using them to put gifts in or cookies to give. One year, I saved raisin containers and covered them with fabric and ribbon to hide the seams, with glue! The lids were plastic so just popped a bow on top for a cute gift container! Thanks for sharing!

This is a great idea! I don't drink coffee either, but I have some odds and ends of cans that would work for this. How about those short peanut cans? Every time I throw one out I think there has to be something better to do with it! I am wondering if the grandkids would like a container for small treasures with chalk paint so they could write on it.

so chalk paint really works? I'm always worried that products like that are a gimmick and won't work. I save coffee cans because they seem like a project waiting to happen, then I give up and recycle them. Now I have a specific plan--if only my handwriting could be that cute!

Chalk paint is my guilty pleasure! This is a fabulous idea :)

This project is so cute! If only I drank coffee...may have to borrow a coffee tin from a friend!

Love this idea. I don't think I could write like that though. My penmanship is the worst.

I have a bunch of empty cookie tins that I thought were too practical to toss, but too blah just to leave as is. I want to use the tins to store miscellaneous crafting items, but I also want the containers to be cute. So this post is perfect for me. I like how easy the project is too. Now to get those tins and start painting. Has anyone done this in other chalk paint colors? I think I want to do that.

This is such a cute idea! I'll need to do this when I finish my current coffee tin.


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