What to do with a LOT of coffee containers

For months my husband has been saving coffee and creamer containers for me. Lots and lots of them. When he started saving them he said, “I know you will figure out something to do with them. They look like a craft project.”

For the last 8 or 9 months I have been watching this collection of containers grow and fill the space above the kitchen cabinets. I would stare at them and wonder WTF I was going to do with this ever-growing collection of coffee and creamer containers. They were multiplying like rabbits above my kitchen cabinets and I could not think of anything to make with them. Still my husband kept telling me. “You’re going to make something great. I know it.”  I felt guilt at not using them yet. Guilt that he has been saving these things just for me and I have done nothing with them. Pressure to be creative when I looked at them and could come up with nothing I wanted to make.

I scoured Pintrest looking for ideas anything I could find worthy with not one single idea or even the spark of an idea. No luck.

Meanwhile, there they sat dirty and neglected on top of the kitchen cabinets becoming clutter.

Then inspiration hit…

My craft room is a disorganized Mess

I have a confession. I am a hoarder of crafting supplies. I save things that I have only used on one project years ago that I may need again for something. I then lose that something because my organization is just bins and boxes with no labels.

Case in point: florist wire and florist tape. I bought florist wire and florist tape for my wedding in 2012 to make the boutonnieres and bouquets, as I was a DIY bride. I kept the florist tape and wire, because even though I don’t do anything with flowers I may need it again for some strange and mysterious purpose.

This Christmas I had need of florist wire. A wreath I had made had some pieces that came loose when we moved. I searched and searched and dug like a crazy woman at a dollar undie sale at a high-end lingerie shop. I was slinging craft supplies all over the place and couldn’t locate the wire.

Off I went to the store to buy more florist wire.

Just the other day I found the missing wire. Now I have 2 spools of florist wire. Lack of organization is costing me time, money and making my space crowded.

My husband said to emphasize that he does not like the spending money part.

I am also guilty of buying craft items because they are on sale. Or look cool. Or hey, I want to make that. Only never to touch them. I am sure I am not the only one to do that either.

I get all bouncing up and down excited about projects go and get things to make bunches of that thing, whatever it may be and only do that kind of project once or twice. Storing the supplies away for making more later.

Everyone does that. Right? Help me feel less guilty here.

Or that do-hicky that you do not know what it is or what it is for but you must keep it because one day you might need it for a mysterious something that will never ever manifest but might, in a could be alternate dimension.


The coffee containers are transforming

One day I will be brave and engage in the dreaded craft purge (cringe) but, for today, my goal is to try to organize and label. I am a bad kitty.


Let’s make this thing.

Step one (painting containers)

Be sure to wash containers with a good degreasing cleaning product.

If your containers have languished around in the kitchen above the cabinets like mine did they will be coated in kitchen grease. Yuck!

If your containers have removable labels take them off before painting.


Step two (cut the lid)You don’t need to be thorough painting bottom just enough to cover edge if hanging on wall.Paint upright then turn upside down for second coat so you get all those pesky bumps and indents covered

A big note here. The lids like the one below for the creamer containers don’t cut well and chip and break. I decided to use them without lids for longer items.

See not pretty.


Take a sharp pointed exacto blade and cut the lid in half leaving the rim. Like I did on this one.



Step three (paint the lids)

Be sure lids are clean and dry

Paint them with spray paint to match tops

Here are all my painted canisters


Step four (put them together)

After paint is dry, put containers on a table touching each other in a pattern you find pleasing

Find nuts and bolts.

If you’re like me, you have a collection of various size screws nuts and bolts. Just grab a bunch

I found that if I have some screws that were a bit longer helped because of the indents on containers they fit better.

Then take a drill and drill holes in the containers where they touch each other and bolt together.

Be sure if using ones with screw on lids to put the lids on before drilling so that you make sure the cutout is in the orientation you would like.

Paint scratches off easily so use caution.  I am OK with where the paint is chipped as I think it gives a more rustic look.


Keep in mind, you do not need to be a great tool using person to do this project well. I hand tightened the bolts. You can tighten with wrench if you prefer. The goal with the nuts and bolts is to add enough structure so your stack of containers is not floppy.

Step five

If you are hanging on the wall, drill a couple holes in the center back of the containers so you can hang them.

Put the lids on.

You can now use either free standing on a shelf or hung like I am doing.

The picture shows the connected containers.



What to do when you buy the wrong vinyl

I am fairly new to the world of using a silhouette cameo. Which if unfamiliar with it cuts things out on paper and vinyl and such that you send to it via a graphics file on your computer.

I was all excited and went to the local craft supply store and bought this big pack of squares of vinyl in a variety of colors. I was wanting permanent vinyl to make cups and such. Turns out I bought the temporary kind that you use for things like wallies.

I did not know what I was going to do with all this vinyl.


Use vinyl letters or a label maker and label each bin so you know what is in them.Step six (make labels)

I chose removable so if I change my mind I can take it off

Project is complete



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