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3 upcycling ideas for your coffee container

Up-cycle those used coffee containers for your home.

A side effect of being locked down is the amount of coffee our family typically goes through every week.

Empty coffee tin transformed into homemade delights

Our coffee of choice is the Illy ground coffee which comes in a tin can which has many practical uses after you are done with it.

The Illy pencil holder

This use of the Illy tin can is the most obvious one. While you can use the tin can on its own, it wouldn’t be worthy of an up-cycle project. A straightforward way to up-cycle it is by using a self-adhesive A4 paper and some creative colouring skills. The thicker the paper, the better. Draw our the border where you will eventually cut it to fit the can. Find a piece of art you are interested in or go freestyle and doodle away. We used the deetox doodles as inspiration for this piece.

Download Deetox doodle A4 artwork

The Illy twine covered plant holder.

This approach works well for putting in small plats that you can hang around the house. You will need some glue and twine and patience! Apply the glue all over the tin can; I have used Elmer’s glue which works well for this example. Once the glue is applied, starting from the bottom bind the twine to the tin and keep rotating the tin can till you reach the top. Check out the time-lapse video below which shows you the process, when you reach the top cut the twine and press it against the tin and let it stick. Now for the final part, choose your plant that you would like to place in your holder.

The Illy time capsule

The Lockdown has been a challenging time for us all, but it has also been a time of creating new memories and having fun at homeThere are many silver linings that we won’t want to forget when life reverts to normal. Wouldn’t it be nice to create your own time capsule with your family to have as a keepsake for the future? 

This one is quite simple, grab your coffee tin and items you would like to put in the jar. Place your items and secure the lid. Next, label your time capsule. It can simply be your name, the date and time of when you sealed your container and the date you want it to be opened.

Do you have any other ideas for coffee cans? Please share them with us in the comments below or tag us on social media @deetoxtoday and we would love to share it.

There’s more to upcycling with Get involved with our Upcycle theme for the week. Start with this primer on the benefits of upcycling, see how we made a wish jar at home and watch this space for more on upcycling all through this week. is upcycling

This week, we at are in the mood for upcycling. Through June 15 to June 21, we’ll share the virtues of upcycling, help you upcycle at home, and show us what we upcycled. Stay tuned to and get stuck upcycling projects back in motion, or feel the high of doing it for the first time!

By Dinesh Lalvani

Programmer. Designer. Tinkerer. Messer. Entrepreneur. Husband. Father. Love challenges, hate sitting still, trying to make a difference in a small way.

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