I have a stash of Trader Joes coffee cans. I always hold onto them because it just seems practical to, I like the label, and I keep thinking to myself, "surely I can do a a project with these." But, I don't know what sort of project I'd do. They don't really fit with any home style I'm a fan of for myself (southern and/or nautical). Since most of them have been sitting idle for over a year, they'll probably end up donated to the VBS cause and the top of the refrigerator will be freed up once again (though a few may get held onto for organizational purposes).
At work though, coffee cans have had a good life. At Christmas time I printed the Christmas Story onto 11 x 17 paper, cut a few inches off the top, and wrapped it around the coffee can. I hand-glittered stars, put them on dowels, and put them in the can for some vertical element.
A few weeks ago we had a spring luncheon/training and out came the cans again! This time I made flowers, put them on wooden skewers (a much better height and no cutting involved), wrapped green pipe cleaners around them, and voila!