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Coffee Can for Coasters

My mom made me these fantastic map coasters out of a Martha Stewart magazine.  I absolutely love them!  Quickly, I found I needed a place to contain them to keep them from getting lost.  I have cats and these are the exact sort of things they like to hide places.  I found this old coffee can in my grandparents’ basement (the same basement I rescued Tiki Man from!) and thought it would be perfect!  It was relatively easy to make as long as you have the right tools.  It has become one of my nephew’s favorite toys as well!  It can be a drum…holds things…makes a pretty cool noise when dropped on the ground…all the things that are important to an 11 month old!  Basically, I have found it to be quite resilient!  I made this project a while ago, so I apologize for not having all the pictures.

Materials needed:

  • Clean metal coffee can large enough to fit your coasters (I’m sure you can use a plastic one, but I think the metal ones look cooler)
  • Permanent marker (optional)
  • Saw able to cut metal (and all the safety precautions that are used with metal working)
  • Metal file (optional)
  • Electric tape in fun complimentary colors


  1. Decide how tall you want the final container to be.  My container is about 2-1/2″ tall.  There just happened to be a ridge at this height, so that’s where we cut it.  You may choose to draw a line around the container to make sure you cut a straight line.
  2. Clamp the container down and start sawing!  My husband actually used a band saw for this part.  Electric toys are not my friends.  I have cut through a few too many extension cords.
  3. You may want to use a file to get rid of any particularly rough edges.  I skipped this step and went straight for the electric tape as it covers up the rough edges nicely!
  4. Wrap the top edge of the can with electric tape.  I chose black and green to compliment the rest of the can.  Thin strips of duct tape would probably work for this step as well, but I used what I had on hand.
  5. Your coaster container is complete!


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Recycled Flower Pot

My apartment complex doesn’t recycle, so I always feel guilty throwing recyclables away.  Therefore, I try to re-purpose my “trash” before disposing of it.  My inspiration for this project comes from the following three facts.  Fact 1:  I have been holding on to this coffee canister for weeks trying to come up with a new job for it.  Fact 2:  I have some baby spider plants in need of a home and no spare pots to put them in.  Fact 3:  I am always drawn to the fun pots at the store, but hate paying the elevated prices for these planters.  Brilliant idea!  Make my own fun planter out of a container destined to sit in a landfill for all eternity and find a home for my baby spider plants at the same time!

Materials needed:

  • Plant needing a home and potting soil
  • Container large enough for this plant
  • Something to punch holes through container (I used a large screw and screw driver)
  • Piece of fabric large enough to cover the intended area (fabric on completed project will be slightly darker than original fabric)
  • Paint in a coordinating color
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brushes


  1. Begin by removing all labels from from the container.  Thoroughly wash the container and allow to dry completely before proceeding.
  2. Punch a few drainage holes in the bottom of the container.  I made three holes, but this is dependent on the size of the container and the holes.  This prevents the soil from becoming overly soggy and keeps the plant from rotting.  Just remember to use a drip tray under your pot!
  3. Decide which area you wish to cover with fabric.  I chose the flat area in the middle of my canister.  Paint any area that you do not intend on covering with fabric.  You do not need to paint the very bottom or the entire inside of the container.  You only need to paint the inside of the container to just below the soil line.  Multiple layers of paint may be necessary to achieve full coverage.
  4. Measure the height and the circumference (the distance around the container) of the section you intend to cover with fabric.  Add 1″-2″ of fabric to the circumference measurement to allow for overlapping.  Carefully trim any frayed edges.  Paint a small section of the container with Mod Podge and place the first end of fabric over the Mod Podge.  Smooth out the fabric.
  5. Continuing painting on the Mod Podge and smoothing out the fabric until you run out of fabric.  Allow the container to dry before continuing to the next step.
  6. Touch up any painted areas that need touching up.  Coat any area that is painted or covered in fabric with Mod Podge.  Overlap the Mod Podge onto the unpainted surfaces to ensure complete coverage.
  7. Apply two more coats of Mod Podge.  Wait until the project is dry before applying the next layer.
  8. When the container is completely dry, add your plant!  If you are new to potting plants, this video provides an excellent tutorial.

**This post was shared on Trash to Treasure Decorating**


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