Folgers Flower Pot

Do you hate throwing away those empty coffee cans? Well STOP! They can be reused for a ton of different things, including flower pots!

My husband has been a coffee drinker since before we got together.  Me?  Not so much.

It wasn’t until after Bee was born last year that I took up drinking coffee occasionally.  I drink maybe a cup of coffee a week.  Just on those mornings when it’s 6am and I’m exhausted, but Bee decides it’s time to get up.

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For years I’ve been buying Folgers coffee on a regular basis for Hubby.  And for years I have been throwing those empty coffee containers away, usually thinking to myself Gee, I wish they still made these things out of metal so I could use them as storage containers like I remember people doing when I was a kid.

I’m sure we all remember the coffee cans in Dad’s shop filled with screws or our uncle filling a coffee can with kitty litter and using it as his patio ashtray.  But these days they are all made of plastic!  What can we do with them besides throwing them in the garbage?  I’m sure they won’t make good ashtrays and who really wants to throw random screws into a plastic container?  The sound made when metal hits plastic isn’t as enjoyable as that made when the screw hits a metal coffee can!

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So, one day to Pinterest I went!  I typed in “Folgers Can Craft”.  I found a pin that really tickled my fancy at Kelli’s Kitchen.  Painting Folgers cans and using them as kitchen storage containers?!  I thought for sure that’s what I was going to do!  I began saving every Folgers can we emptied.

I wanted to have at least 4 containers, and this took a bit of time to collect.  Most days we make a half a pot of coffee.  That’s it.

Some days a full pot, but that’s a rarity.

Multiple pots?  Never unless family stays at our house.

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During the time it took to collect enough containers for this project, I visited my parent’s house.  I told my mom about my idea and she showed me the storage containers she uses for things like flour and sugar.  She purchases inexpensive plastic containers from Wal-Mart and labels them using labels she finds in the scrap booking section.  She said she loved them… she even bought me a couple while I was there!  That’s when my idea of Folgers storage containers died.  These Wal-Mart containers did seem more convenient.

Once I got home from visiting my parents, it was back to the normal routine: keep Bee alive, fed and happy, keep the house semi clean, make sure the dogs are content, make meals for Hubby, do the daily garden work.

Garden work… garden… plants… pots…

One day while watering my veggie garden, it just hit me!  Folgers pots!  For plants!

And that’s what I ended up choosing to do with my containers.  Here’s how I did it:


These are my containers.  When I originally began planning this project, I thought the labels would need to be removed.  Turns out they don’t.  They are printed on the can!


I drilled 1/4 inch holes in the bottom of each container using a spade bit.


Then I just sprayed painted them with Rust-Oleum American Accents spray paint.  I chose the colors Hunter Green and Nutmeg.  I was kind of scared of choosing bright colors!


All painted… it only took a couple thin coats to cover them.  I also chose to paint some of the inside so that if anything was visible after putting my plants in, you wouldn’t see red.


Next I applied a couple coats of Krylon Cover Max to protect the paint.


Oh, and I decided to use these labels to label my new pots! You can find these in the scrap booking area of Wal-Mart.


And a little bonus… I painted a smaller container, too, for my little basil plant:


I love them!  Finally I don’t have to throw the coffee containers away anymore!  What do you think about this recycling technique?  What colors would you paint them?  Let me know!

Do you hate throwing away those empty coffee cans? Well STOP! They can be reused for a ton of different things, including flower pots!

18 thoughts on “Folgers Flower Pot

    • June 15 at 2:30 am

      They are great and super cute! You should definitely give it a try! I love having them on my patio. I kind of wish I had been a little more creative with my color choices, though. Maybe next time 😉

  • June 15 at 5:24 pm

    Great, so smart! Here in Italy we don’t have this coffee brand but there are a couple of supermarket products with a packaging that can be used in the same way. thank you for the idea!

  • June 15 at 9:55 pm

    very creative idea! I just use the metallic containers of illy coffee to keep cotton pads, coins and receipts (different containers of course) but it never occurred to me to plant something and use them as a flower pot!!

    • June 15 at 10:20 pm

      I hadn’t thought of it until it just hit me… out of nowhere! I love seeing them out on my patio. So cute!

  • June 16 at 1:01 am

    What a wonderful and creative idea. They came out so nice.

  • March 13 at 10:56 am

    I’ve been saving the Blue coffee Cans to do the same thing that you did I just didn’t know what kind of spray paint to use. Thank You so Much

  • July 4 at 3:26 am

    This was an amazing find for someone that drinks coffee and loves crafting. Thank You!

  • October 12 at 8:59 pm

    How did you remove the original labels from the coffee containers?

    • October 12 at 9:16 pm

      I didn’t have to with the cans I used. The label was printed on, if that makes sense. No plastic or paper label. So I just painted over it.


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