Crafts For Recycled Coffee Cans
Recycled coffee cans and crafts are a fun way to serve many purposes for your home. They can be decorated and used for many things such as storing craft supplies, planters, silverware containers, or use them in the bathroom. Create and have fun re-purposing coffee cans into new decorations for your home.
hooray for coffee. It’s the first thing I go to in the morning and most of the time the last thing I have in my hand at the end of the day. I drink decaf so thats not so bad, right? What kind of coffee drinker are you? The empty cans are just too good to toss out. They are big enough for storing lots of things and have a nice sturdy lid, not to mention they make some of the cutest crafts. No?
Here are a few Q&A’s to help you get started with your re-purposing project(s). Get creative with your coffee cans and make something new for your home.
How Do You Treat Tin Cans For Oxidation
- To remove oxidation, use a wire bristle brush or medium grit sandpaper.
- Wash with soap and water
- Rub down with a cloth and vinegar to neutralizer it.
- Lightly sand the tin cans, this will help the paint adhere to the cans. Use fine grit sandpaper or steel wool. Wash off afterwards.
- To prevent oxidation apply a metal primer. I’ve listed below paints that have a primer in them.
How Do You Paint Coffee Cans
After you have sanded and treated the cans for oxidation, they can easily be painted using acrylic paint or one of the paints below. Cover your working area with newspapers before you begin. Using a soft bristle brush, give your cans at least two coats of paint. Make sure each coat is completely dry before giving it another coat.
To cure it after all the paint has dried, place tin cans (not plastic cans) in cold oven. Set at 350 for 30 minutes. Let the oven and the tin cans warm at the same time. Turn oven off when 30 minutes is up, leave the tin can in the oven until the oven has cooled off. Let tin can sit for 72 hours to allow paint to cure completely, before you decorate it or use it.
You can add pretty labels after you have painted and decorated your cans.
Note: If you are going to cover your can with craft paper, you don’t need to paint the cans beforehand.
Make sure you cans are nice and clean, and dry. Fill your cans with wadded up newspapers. Turn them upside down and paint or spray paint them. Leave the newspapers in, this helps absorb the smell of the paint. Leave them to cure for 4-5 days or the paint can come off.
Note: If you are going to cover your can with craft paper you don’t need to paint the cans beforehand.
Afterwards, you can decorate it with an adhesive label.
How To Remove Sticky Labels
You probably won’t need to do this for coffee cans, but you may have other containers with labels. Try using equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. I hear it works good! Let me know in the comments if you try it and if you make any of the coffee can crafts.
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