Five New Ways to Use Old Coffee Cans

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As far as common household items with creative-reuse potential, old coffee cans top our list. They're adept at holding stuff—duh—but with their corrugated-metal composition, they offer a stylish, industrial aesthetic that can be left in plain view. Redefine what "the best part of waking up" means to you with one of the following uses:

  1. How our garden doth grow! Turn a collection of used coffee cans into a garden indoors or out. Plant small flowers or herbs; leave on windowsill or shelving.
  2. Use the plastic lids as sauces: Place under house plants to protect carpets and flooring from moisture.
  3. Create a piggybank: Place in entry hall and toss spare change in. When it's filled, tote the change to the bank to be redeemed and start all over again.
  4. It's a vessel, so it can store any number of things: small toys and cards; hair fasteners; pens and pencils; small tools and more.
  5. Keep it in the bathroom and stuff travel-size soaps, shampoos and body washes inside for house guests.

(Image: Flickr member Happy Sleepy, used with permission)

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