How to Paint Coffee Cans


Empty coffee cans are good for more than just using as a backyard cigarette butt holder. You can paint and decorate coffee cans to store things, use them to make a birdhouse or a pretty new planter for the garden. Painting coffee cans for use in crafts is generally quick and inexpensive, plus the painted cans have a variety of uses. For Dad, you can construct a spray paint can or parts holder, and for Mom, a painted coffee can planter is a great Mother's Day present.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 coffee can
  • Acrylic paint
  • Newspaper
  • 1 large paintbrush
  • Wash out the coffee can and allow it to air dry.

  • Select a color, or more than one color, of acrylic paint to use. Spread out newspapers over your work area.

  • Squirt some of the paint onto the newspaper and dip the brush into the paint. Using long strokes, completely cover the coffee can in paint.

  • Allow the paint to dry and add another layer of paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use lace or stencils to create a pattern on the coffee can.

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