A Keurig coffee machine is a wonderful thing. It’s convenient, fast and easy, and it makes the perfectly brewed, perfectly sized cup of coffee every time, right? It’s coffee perfection right there in your kitchen except for one thing… The downside to the Keurig is all of those little, plastic k-cups piling up in the landfill.
If you’ve ever wondered how to re-use your k-cups but weren’t quite sure what to do with them, you’re going to love this post!
Together, my Facebook followers and I have come up with 25 crafty and creative ways for you to re-use Keurig K-cups in the home, garden, craft room, classroom and playroom!
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25 Ways to Re-use Keurig K-Cups
1. Pair your K-cups up with a shoelace, and you have a fine-motor lacing activity for toddlers or preschoolers.
2. Re-use Keurig K-cups by organizing small craft items and office supplies in them. They’re great for holding thumbtacks, paper clips, buttons etc.
3. Cut a slit in the bottom of a K-cup and you have a handy card-holder for young children.
4. Double up a couple of Keurig K-cups. Plug the bottom hole with a bit of hot glue or cover it with tape (I used a small piece of hockey tape ). Fill your K-cups with fresh herbs and a bit of water. Set in a mini-muffin tin and freeze. Dip into a cup of warm water, pop them into a baggy, and store in the freezer. Great for adding to soups and sauces! (My Triple Bladed Scissors make light work of chopping herbs)
5. Add a basket of K-cups to the block centre in your toy room or classroom. Kids love building structures with them and stacking them together.
6. Use your k-cups as seed-starters for the garden. Just add a bit of garden soil, drop in your seeds, top off with more garden soil, and water regularly.
7. Young children can use K-cups for a money-sorting activity. You could also have them sort coloured buttons into different k-cups. Bet you never thought you’d be using your leftover k-cups for educational purposes!
8. Use your K-cups for colour recognition and patterning activities with your toddler. Put all of your k-cups in a basket or bowl, and have your child stack them according to colour. Then, introduce patterning by alternating colours as you stack your k-cups together.
9. Use them for crafting at Christmas time:
Turn your Keurig’s K-cups into homemade advent calendar for Christmas!
Make some festive K-cup snack holders or party favours.
10. Turn a few k-cups into this fun sound-matching game for preschoolers.
More ways to re-use Keurig K-cups:
11. Plug the small hole at the bottom with hot glue, and use as small paint pots or glue pots at craft-time.
12. Stuff the cup with some cotton or quilt batting, and cover with fabric for a make-shift pincushion.
13. A stack of K-cups and a pipe-cleaner makes a fine threading craft for preschoolers.
14. Make a mobile
15. String a garland of sweetheart lights in a little girl’s room
16. Keep a stash of k-cups for play at the water-table or at bath-time.
17. Play with your k-cups on the light-table.
18. Paint the insides of the k-cups with different colours of paint, and toddlers can play a matching game with pom-poms.
19. Re-use your Keurig’s k-cups by turning them into a penny toss game for the kids.
20. K-cups are great in the doll house as garbage pails, buckets, laundry hampers etc.
21. Make a bowling game for kids using a stack of k-cups and a marble or bouncy ball.
22. Use k-cups when playing with play dough or cloud-dough.
23. Toss a few k-cups into the sandbox.
24. Make a game-token for homemade games by slicing a slit in the top of a k-cup, and inserting a flash card.
25. And finally, one last way to re-use your Keurig’s k-cups: Make more coffee! Pick up a set of these Keurig K-Cup Caps and re-use your k-cups time and time again for brewing your own coffee or tea.
And now it’s your turn! Tell me your favourite ways for re-using K-cups! I’d love to hear them!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.