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By Gennifer Rose

In honor of Earth Day we compiled a list of ways to reuse K-cups. Many of us enjoy a nice hot cup of joe in the morning courtesy of our little Keurig machine, but what you may not realize is the impact it’s having on the environment. As cute and compact as they are, K-cups are very difficult to recycle.  The cup is made of plastic integrated with a filter filled with coffee grounds. It is a very manual process to separate all these items for recycling and they usually end up in landfills.

While we wouldn’t want you to give up your favorite morning ritual, there are things you can do to make your Keurig a little more environmentally friendly. The little K-cups are actually the perfect size and shape for lots of fun craft projects. After you separate the filter and grounds from the cup (perfect for composting), the reuse possibilities for your K-cups are endless.

We’ve scoured the internet and found some of our favorite ideas on how to reuse K-Cups and give them new life.

Reuse K-Cups 10 Ways

Reuse K-cups for Stamps

  1. Stock up your craft supplies and make stamps for future projects (via Entirely Smitten).    

Reuse K-cups for Seedlings

      2. Use your green thumb and reuse K-cups to make plant starters for the garden (via Simm Works).

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3. Use K-cups to organize your craft supplies and keep everything tidy (via Happy Hooligans).

Reuse K Cups Hanging Planter

      4. Bring your garden indoors and make DIY hanging K-cup planters (via Off the Beaten Path).


5. Let the kids get creative with K-cup wind chimes (via K Blog).

Reuse K-cups for Bath Bombs

      6. Kids driving you crazy? Take a load off and relax with K-cup bath bombs (via The Good Stuff).

Reuse K-cups for Peacock

7. Get into the party spirit and reuse K-cups to create fun party favors (via Divine Lifestyle).

Reuse K-cups for Painting

8. Bring out the paint and let their inner Picasso run wild with this reuse K-cups painting project (via Crafty Morning).

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9. Have an arts and crafts day with the kids and celebrate spring with these adorable reuse K-cup birds (via Artsy Mama).

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10. Add some sparkle to your home and parties with a DIY cup garland (via Hey Gorgeous).

Still looking for more ideas? Check out our Pinterest board full of more projects!


Gennifer’s favorite school memories were doing art and craft projects at her bilingual elementary school. The school subjects were taught in both English and Spanish and the class celebrated many hispanic cultural events. She enjoyed crafting paper mache piñatas for Cinco de Mayo, making sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos and creating Mexican fiesta lanterns with colorful tissue paper. Her love of handmade goods continues to this day and remains one of her favorite pastimes.