DIY coffee crafts

5 DIY Coffee Crafts

Coffee isn’t just a comforting hug in a mug – it can also spark your creativity! From cooking and crafting to body care, sewing and gardening, you can use coffee grounds, beans, and repurposed containers in a variety of coffee crafts.

Try these at-home activities and show us your creations! Upload your pictures on Facebook or Instagram and tag your favorite brand.

Coffee Craft #1: Coffee Can Planter

Upcycle your ground coffee cans into planters and vases to fill your home or office with greenery.

coffee can crafts, coffee can planter

What you need:

  1. Empty Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.® or MJB® Coffee canister
  2. Spray paint
  3. Twine or string
  4. Hot glue

How to create:

  1. Empty and rinse your coffee can and remove any attached labels or stickers
  2. Spray paint the exterior of the can with your color of choice. Two or three coats may be necessary to completely coat the can.
  3. Once the paint is dry, add a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the can to attach twine.
  4. Wrap twine around the can to desired height or pattern.
  5. Add soil, water, and your favorite houseplant, herbs or flowers.

Coffee Craft #2: Be a Stay-at-Home Barista or Coffee Chef

If you occasionally grab your morning cup of coffee from a local shop and are missing your favorite barista, now is the time to brush up your stay-at-home coffee skills. You can use your favorite beans and brews to make barista-quality drinks at home. Here are a few of our favorite recipes:

Coffee Craft #3: Single-Serve Pod Seed Starters

Get your garden growing by repurposing single-serve coffee pods into seed starters! Follow these easy steps:

  1. Gather 10-12 used single-serve coffee pods.
  2. Remove the lid and dump out the coffee grounds. If you compost at home, coffee is a safe and nutrient-rich addition to your compost.
  3. Place the empty pods in a shallow box and fill them with potting soil.
  4. Place seeds of your choice into each pod and water according to seed package instructions. You should have healthy sprouts in a few days to a few weeks that you can use to start your garden!

Coffee Craft #4: Body Scrub

You can also repurpose used ground coffee into a skin-smoothing body scrub. Just make sure to dry out the used grounds before making the scrub!


  • 1 cup used coffee grounds (dry)
  • 1 cup sugar or salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Scented essential oils (vanilla, lavender or citrus make great additions)


Combine the ingredients in a medium-size bowl and store the mixture in an airtight container in your shower or bath. Smooth the scrub on your skin and rinse off for an easy and eco-friendly skin saver!

Coffee Craft #5: Coffee Can Lanterns

Coffee canisters make great lanterns. Punch or stamp a pattern into the can, add a votive candle or electric tea light and enjoy! coffee can lantern craft

What you need:

  1. Empty Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.® or MJB® Coffee canister
  2. Paint
  3. Hammer
  4. Marker
  5. Clamps
  6. 2×4 or piece of wood you can clamp to your workstation to hold the can
  7. Nail or screwdriver
  8. Votive or electric candle
  9. String or rope (optional)


  1. Remove any stickers or labels from the can and paint your desired color
  2. When the paint dries, attach the 2×4 or piece of wood to your workstation with clamps. Make sure 2×4 extends from the end of your workstation by the depth of your can.
  3. Place the can on the 2×4 and mark out your pattern
  4. Use the hammer and small nail to punch the pattern into the can.
  5. Punch two holes into the top edge of the canister to add optional string or rope to hang your lantern.
  6. Add votive or electric candles and enjoy