Repurpose Cans and Jars Easily


Let’s talk about how to repurpose cans and jars easily. We all have these in our recycling bins so how about make these containers useful and pretty.

As an example, I have many empty cans of Caffe D’Vita.

By the way I highly recommend giving this a try. It’s delicious and it’s my one indulgence every evening. It comes in many flavors too!

How to Repurpose Cans and Jars Quickly and Uses for Them

Ideas for Making Something New with These Pieces for Storage:

  • Cans and glass jars are perfect to fill with fresh water and use as vases flowers for centerpieces and home decor
  • Another example for upcycling glass jars is adding sand or stones with a tea light. This adds instant ambience
  • How about using you jar to make a citronella candle?
  • Store makeup brushes on your vanity for easy access with your recycled item
  • Cut a slit in the can lid of the can and use it to save change
  • Use the metal can or glass jar to put notes inside for things you’re grateful for in life
  • Of course, these recycled cans are perfect for holding pens and pencils on your desktop
  • Also storing craft brushes inside these containers is great too
  • Store cotton balls and cotton swabs in the jars or cans
  • Additionally, if pieces have sealed lids store spices and herbs in bulk and add pretty labels
  • Lastly, if you sew how about making a pin cushion from one of the lids of this repurposed project idea?

I personally love the white chocolate and hazelnut.

Now back to how to repurpose jars and cans.

However, many of us use these containers often. So instead of sitting in the recycle bin let’s make a useful piece for home decor.

How to Upcycle and Recycle Metal Containers into Useful Pieces

Let’s See What Technique I’m Using to Create an Upcycled Vase

Step 1: Using an Empty Caffe D’Vita Can for Flower Vases

Supplies Needed:

  • Annie Sloan chalk paint or this brand will work too
  • printer paper and inkjet printer
  • Graphic Images – these are some of my favorites and they’re FREE!
  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Chip brush
  • sponge brush for Mod Podge – optional
  • clean cans or jars

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I begin this easy craft idea with removing the label and giving the coffee can a cleaning.

Caffe D'Vita can to repurpose
clean can label removed

Now sand with a 220-grit sanding sponge. This roughs up the surface a bit to give the container tooth so the paint will stick well.

sanding the can to repurpose

Paint the coffee tins with two coats of Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint or chalk paint of your choice.

painting the can to repurpose

painted 1 coat old white chalk paint
Painted One Coat Chalk Painted

Note: If you use acrylic one coat of primer may be necessary.

Note: Painting on jars such as candle jars, I suggest chalk paint or glass paint.

Print a Graphic Image of Your Choice

Step 2: Find a Graphic of Your Choice to Add to the Project

Now decide on a graphic image of your choice to add to your easy recycled can craft. Again, the link takes you to one of my favorite places and these vintage images are FREE! I also suggest signing up to follow this site because new graphics are added often.

Here I recommend cutting as close to the graphic as possible. I do this because I think it adds a cleaner look to your empty jar.

cutting the image for the can craft

Next using outdoor Mod Podge add it to the back and add it to the can smoothing the paper. By the way, I have a trick using plastic wrap to remove wrinkles from paper during this process for your simple craft project. It works every time!

outdoor Mod Podge

Adding outdoor Mod Podge to the back of the image for the repurposed cans

Note: Why outdoor Mod Podge? Because if using these easy created cans for flowers water is involved. And this will keep the image from peeling from the can vase.

adding the image to my recycled can
adding outdoor Mod Podge to the outside of image to protect it from water

After the images dry add a coat of outdoor Mod Podge to the outside of the graphic on this fast craft project. Again, this is mentioned in my note above.

finished recycled project
Three finished upcycled cans filled with flowers from the food market

Incidentally, I recently did a summer home tour and you may enjoy seeing a look at our home dressed for the warmer season.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how to repurpose cans and jars easily. Can you believe how fast this craft project is to complete? Do you enjoy finding new ways to use pieces in your home too?

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

29 thoughts on “Repurpose Cans and Jars Easily

  1. I love what you did with the cans Cindy .. I’m a great believer I repurposing jars and cans. I’m actually working on a can repurpose now!
    Well done I love how yours turned out!

  2. Wow, Cindy! They are so pretty and I love the way you have them displayed. I actually just bought a new can opener that seals the sharp spots on top. I may have to try your DIY!

  3. Fabulous idea Cindy! I would not have thought to repurpose cans but they look amazing! I like how you used them to make a centerpiece! You’re always so creative! Take care, Donna

  4. Such a creative idea, Cindy! I love how you gave this coffee can a totally fresh and French feel. It’s totally fabulous! Hope your week has been filled with all good things, CoCo

  5. I’m a huge fan of transfers and decoupage, they make everything look so much prettier.

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