Thinking about getting a new coffee container? What about making one? It’s much easier (and cheaper) than you think to whip up a personalized coffee container to fit your style and personality. And we’ve got all the steps, questions, and info you’ll need to make the perfect one.

Steps to Making the Perfect DIY Coffee Container


Step 1: Seek Inspiration

mug inspiration

There are plenty of places to find inspiration for your next DIY coffee container. Google image search is a great place to go if you want to see what many popular options look like in their finished form.

And there are plenty of Facebook groups about DIY project and crafting that are excellent places to ask others what strategies they preferred for this kind of project. Here are some good groups to join:

Each group has thousands of members that love to discuss DIY inspiration and completed projects. The group page will even indicate how many followers live in your area, so you can connect for DIY events and activities in person.

And don’t forget about Pinterest! Just search for DIY coffee containers and see all the options that appear for your choosing.


Step 2: Decide What to Upcycle

Honey jars

“Upcycling” means repurposing an old object into a new one. Instead, recycle an old container, upcycle your old one into something entirely new and beautiful. And it’s a good way to save another item from going into the trash bin.

To start, you’ll need to find a container that fits the bill. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Anything that seals tightly to keep out air will work in a pinch.  


Step 3: Remove Any Labels

vases and jars

Unless you love the look of Folger’s branding materials on the plastic jug you’ve decided to upcycle, it’s time to get rid of the label. After investing in some cleaning gloves to protect your skin, it’s time to do some removal.

Here are some tried and true methods:

Take a hair dryer and direct the heat towards the label, moving back and forth. After a few minutes, it should be warm enough to start peeling off the surface of the container. Use cooking oil to rub off the rest of the label. Wash and rinse with warm water and soap to finish the process.

Another method includes applying vegetable or canola oil to the surface of the label, and letting it soak for a day or two. You may need to repeat a few times for best effect. Wash and rinse to finish. Rubbing alcohol can do the trick too.

But what about the stickiness left behind once the label is long gone? Nail polish remover can work wonders on that gunky surface residue.

Surprisingly, mayonnaise and peanut butter can help remove the sticky substance on glass, but not so much on plastic.


Step 4: Clean

Jar with no label

Chances are, your old container is going to need a good wash before you use it for anything else. Here are some great cleaning strategies to get you started:

One good test to see if the container is ready to use is to feel the inside of the container for residue. If it feels oily or sticky, it’s not ready to use. Don’t forget to smell the inside as well. If it still smells like mayonnaise or peanut butter, it’s time for another rinse!


Step 5: Select a Style

jar with designs

For some, having a clear plastic container is all they need to have a ready-to-go DIY coffee container. But others will see a clean slate for their creative energy.

If you want to take it a bit further, here are some fun project materials to get you going:

Any combination of these materials can make for a striking coffee container that lines up with your personal style.

Stickers and ribbon are quick fixes, while paint and stencils may take a little more effort to get just right. Keep in mind that paint will require some expenses like paintbrushes and possibly stencils, while ribbon is cheap, fast, and easy.

And if you’re shopping in person at craft stores for supplies, always let the staff know about your project. Odds are, they’ll love the opportunity to help make your idea a reality.

Whatever you choose, have fun doing it!


Step 6: Share Your Work

woman sharing on social media

Time to open up your social media because you’ve got something to share! On Facebook, you can share your work into coffee or DIY groups to continue the conversation around this kind of project. Avoid hashtags here, as they’re not commonly used on this platform.

On Instagram, research hashtags before including them in your post about your newest addition to your coffee routine. Apps like Focalmark can do the research for you, prompting a variety of relevant hashtags related to your intended post. Hashtags attract others interested in the same topics, so you’ll get attention from the right audience.

Twitter is another easy to use platform to share your latest work. Hashtags welcome here too!

So, What Makes a Good Coffee Container?

A good coffee container is one that seals tightly to keep coffee fresh. But the best coffee container for you is the one that fits your lifestyle first. Think about these questions when deciding how to DIY your own coffee container:

Let’s break it down:

Fragile vs. Durable

If you have small children in the house, fragile materials like glass might be no go, even if they’re not the ones drinking the coffee.

If you’re afraid that this container might get knocked over a time or two, it’s time to put down the cute mason jars and take a look at reworking a plastic container.

Project Time

If you have plenty of free time, this might not be an issue for you. Or if you like DIY projects as a fun pastime, then no problems there either.

Paints will take a day or two to dry, and then you might be stenciling paint or chalkboard paint on top of that dry coat. That’s in addition to the inspiration time, cleaning time and the label removal to even get to the point of painting and decoration.

But if you’re on a busy schedule, then choose the past of least resistance. Choose something easy to clean and simple to upcycle. Avoid peanut butters and jelly jars which can involve a lengthy cleaning process.

Instead, choose a clear plastic container and take off the branding materials to reveal your new classy coffee container.

Sizing the Coffee Container

If you’ve got a big family of coffee drinkers, or just like to throw a few back yourself, then the larger containers are your best bet. Plastic coffee jugs come in all shapes and sizes, and chances are you’ll have one sitting in your pantry at just the size you need.

But if you don’t need a bucket-sized solution, then parmesan containers, peanut butter jars, and creamer containers might work perfectly for you.

Possible Allergens

If you have anyone with allergies to nuts or berries in your home, you’ll want to steer clear of the peanut butter jars or jelly jars. You don’t want to risk leaving residue in your container that someone could consume unknowingly with their cup of homemade coffee.

Putting a Lid on Your DIY Coffee Container Project

So now you have all the knowledge and techniques to make your own DIY coffee container project a piece of cake. Get ready to wake up in the morning and make that steaming cup of coffee, all with the knowledge that you spent the time making something attractive and valuable for your own enjoyment that fits your lifestyle to a T.  

And best of all, when anyone asks about your snazzy container, you can help them make their own DIY coffee container a reality too!

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