Don’t Throw Your Old K-Cups Away—Here Are 15 Smart Ways To Reuse Them

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K-Cups provide that always-needed coffee in the morning, but these plastic cups are good for more than just delivering a cup of joe. Think of these cups as a gift that keeps on giving.

Here are 11 ways that you can put your used K-Cups to good use, long after the coffee is gone. You can use them to do everything from decorate your house during the holidays to grow your very own herb garden.

So, go on and get energized by having a few cups of coffee. It’s time to get crafty!

1. Seed Starters

If you’ve always wanted to start an herb garden but just keep putting it off, well, there’s no better time to get started. You’ve got some K-Cups lying around anyway, right? That’s what I thought. Follow this tutorial.

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2. Christmas Decorations

You can make everything from snowmen to ornaments out of these tiny cups. Your home will be all the more festive for it! Follow this tutorial.

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3. Unique Lighting

You can make a unique light fixture that’ll look so good you’d never know if came from used K-cups. Follow this tutorial.

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4. Easter Decorations

Cute little bunnies made out of K-Cups are just too cute. How could you pass up making these? Just wait until next Easter— your home will look incredible. Follow this tutorial.

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5. Advent Calendar

Advent calendars are the best part of Christmas, if you ask me. So it couldn’t hurt to have a few of these around come December. Follow this tutorial.

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6. Hanging Planters

Your window display is about to get a whole lot better. With these flowers hanging, it won’t be just a cup of coffee that will cheer you up every morning—it’ll be your view, too. Follow this tutorial.

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7. Jell-O Shots

K-Cups already deliver one delicious drink, so why not use them for  a more adult treat come nighttime. That’s right—these can be used to make Jell-O Shots! Bottoms up! Follow this tutorial.

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8. Tabletop Planters

If you’ve used your K-Cups as planters, you can even dress them up and add them to the table for a little extra dinner party decoration.

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9. K-Cupsicles

Another tasty treat K-Cups can deliver? Cupsicles! Yum. Get the recipe.

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10. K-Cup Bath Bombs

K-Cups help you start your mornings off just right, but they can also help you unwind at night if you use them to create bath bombs. Ahh, doesn’t that sound nice? Follow this tutorial.

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11. K-Cup Card Holder

This nifty K-Cup trick is perfect for the little ones in your house. Simply cut a slit in the bottom of your K-Cup, and you have a card holder.

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12. Recycled K-Cup Halloween Lights

Make these spooky decorations out of old K-Cups, and impress trick-or-treaters and party guests! Get the full tutorial here.

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13. K-Cup Accessory Holder

Clean out those old K-Cups, place them into a K-cup holder, and then store your accessories in the cups. Say goodbye to all those stray bobby pins and hair ties! Get the tutorial here.

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14. K-Cup Wreath

Learn how to make this adorable wreath here.

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15. K-Cup Refills

And the easiest way to recycle these K-Cups is a no-brainer: Simply fill them with more coffee. Follow this tutorial.


Here’s hoping you channel that coffee buzz into getting crafty with your K-Cups.

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