Thursday, December 3, 2015

UPCYCLING: K-Cup Holiday Gnomes

Recycled K Cup Holiday Gnomes
For my birthday this past summer I got a Keurig Coffee Machine and I have to say, it’s my new bestie. I love how easy it is to make a cup of coffee whenever I want one without wasting a whole pot of coffee. How spoiled are we that we can press a button and voila – a fresh cup of coffee. There is a little bit of guilt with each cup when I throw away that little plastic K-Cup. Uggh. I was determined to come up with an idea to recycle some of the K-Cups. The light bulb went off one day because I’ve also been wanting to make some gnomes for the holiday season.

K Cup Gnomes 4I’ve been obsessed with all the gnomes I’ve seen on Pinterest. Tall gnomes, skinny gnomes, little short guys. The common feature is the tall pointy hat, button nose and fluffy beard.

K Cup Gnomes Supplies 6Here’s what you need to make some gnomes out of a recycled K-cup. Fuzzy white yarn, felt, a K-cup, hot glue and a bead or round object for the nose.

K Cup Gnomes 2Start by making a cone shaped hat out of felt. You’ll want the bottom circumference to fit the K-cup. Hot glue your cap together and set aside.

K Cup Gnomes 3Wrap some yarn around 3-4 of your fingers about 8 times. Tie off the top and cut the loop end at the bottom. I made three of these for each gnome.

K Cup Gnomes 8With your clean K-cup open side down, glue on your bead or miniature wood ball toward the top. Hot glue the beard around the nose and then hot glue the cap in place.

K Cup Gnomes 11Although I’m not sure gnomes trim their beards, I trimmed each beard so the yarn pieces were layered.

K Cup Gnomes 1Aren’t they cute? I plan on making several sets to use as gifts. Plus, I feel a little less guilty about all those plastic K-cups. Do you have any great ideas for recycling K-cups? Let me know – leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. Carolyn: I don't know how to email you directly. I simply love your blog. This evening I participated in my first live "Pinterest Party". What an experience! Tonight I received a follow-up survey questioning my experiences and critiques of this event. The last question was to recommend a blogger to participate in the next event. Only one blogger came to my mind. I recommended you. If you email me, I will send you the Pinterest Board name and contacts for the blogger organizers to tonight's event. -D e i d r a

  2. Yes, they are cute! I think I want a red hat version as Santa! But I don't drink those k-cup coffee, so will have to wait until I have something similar. I need 3 cups of coffee in the morning, so no k-cups for me ;o

  3. Ok, these are ADORABLE! I would love for you to share these at our Vintage Charm link party. It's live Thursday-Monday and we welcome upcycled and repurposed projects! Blessings, Cecilia

  4. These are just too dang cute!! I love them! I do alot of DIY projects.....I'll add these to my list for next year:)

    I found you from SITS Girls blog linkup..nice to meet you!

  5. Very, very cute! How creative and a different décor item for the holidays. No ideas here for k-cups....I stopped using them and percolate my coffee now.

  6. Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm, Carolyn & remember the Creating Christmas party tomorrow--thrifty & repurposed Christmas projects and decor! Blessings, Cecilia

  7. We also have a Keurig, but we recycle the K-cups - all of it! Just take it apart, dump out the coffee grounds which are good to spread around your outdoor plants, rinse off the foil top and the paper filter and plastic cup, and put them in the recycle box.

  8. Carolyn, these are adorable! What a genius idea! Thanks for linking up to the Handmade Hangout! I'll be featuring you on my blog today when the new linky goes live at 6pm ET. I hope you'll stop by and check it out, plus link up a new project or two!

  9. So sweet! I love recycling projects...especially when they're this cute!! :)

  10. Adorable, Carolyn! I'll be featuring them tonight at Whimsy Wednesday! What a great holiday repurpose project!

  11. These put a big smile on my face. Can a craft get any cuter?! And I LOVE the repurpose of the kcups. It's true that whenever I see a kcup in the garbage bin, I pause to think of what else can be made with it.

  12. Another idea is when you are out and order coffee sometimes they bring little container of cream that are similar to the K-cup containers take them home rinse them out and use those.


  13. I teach blogging. Your blog is one I will show the students! GREAT JOB!


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