Ways to Repurpose K-Cups
Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 at 7:00 am
Does your family have a Keurig machine? Most people who have one love them. They are convenient, fast, and make a nice cup of coffee (or tea, or hot chocolate). The biggest issue with these types of coffee machines is with the K-cups. What can you do with a used K-cup? Instead of throwing the entire thing in the trash, check out these ideas for repurposing K-cups!
How to Take Apart a K-Cup
Before you can repurpose a K-cup, you are going to need to open it up and take it apart. Instructables has an excellent step-by-step guide, complete with photos, that will walk you through how to do that. There are things inside the K-cup that need to be removed before you can repurpose it.
Used Coffee Grounds
The K-cup that you used to brew up a nice cup of coffee will have used coffee grounds left inside it. Open the K-cup and pour the used coffee grounds onto newspaper. Let it dry out. Here are some ideas about what to do with those:
* Put them in your garden to keep the cats away.
* Make your rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and camellias happy with used coffee grounds. Plants that like acidic soil will appreciate your used coffee grounds.
* Sprinkle used coffee grounds on ant hills or in places in your home where ants are coming in. Ants do not like coffee grounds!
* Deodorize your refrigerator with a bowl of used coffee grounds that have been dried out.
* The filter part of the K-cup, and the coffee grounds, can go directly into your compost bin.
What to do with the Plastic Part
Used K-cups make excellent seed starters. Add soil and plant a seed. The hole in the used K-cup allows for drainage, so you can go ahead and water the seed starter. You can reuse the K-cup after the seedling grows big enough to be planted in your garden.
Get out some crafting materials and decorate the outside of the used K-cup. You can turn them into adorable toothpick holders.
Used K-cups can be repurposed as art tools for young children. Trace around the top to make a perfect circle. Blot the top of the empty K-cup into paint and use it to do a simple printmaking design on construction paper. String a bunch of used K-cups onto a long piece of yarn to make a necklace.
The ideas are endless! See if your local day care center wants to make use of your empty K-cups. Elementary school teachers might also want to use empty K-cups to in their classroom for art purposes or as seed starters.