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Love the convenience of K-cups but hate tossing them in your garbage can? If you’re looking for ways to reuse K-cups you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got 10 incredible projects that’ll turn trashed K-cups into something useful, practical, and cool. Let’s get to it.

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1. Start seeds in K-cups.

Several K-cups next to seed packets.

When you water your seeds, the water will drip out through the hole in the bottom—it’s the perfect vessel!


2. Organize small office or craft supplies with K-cups.

A person putting pencil erasers in a K-cup in a drawer.

Tacks, paperclips, staples, buttons, sequins…use K-Cups to stay organized!


3. Refill K-cups with more coffee and brew another cup.

An old K-cup filled with coffee grounds. A person putting aluminum foil over the k-cup.

Empty the used coffee grounds from K-Cups and rinse. Let the K-Cup dry overnight, then refill with fresh coffee. Cover with the filled K-Cup with foil, crimping in the sides so the coffee doesn’t spill out, and use normally.


4. Slip mini lightbulbs through K-cups for DIY party lights.

A person inserting a mini string light into a K-cup next to a strand of lights in K-cups.


5. Use K-cups as mini popsicle molds.

A child eating a popsicle.

First, plug the hole with a bit of tape or hot glue.

A person hot gluing a hole in a K-cup next to a person taping a popsicle stick in an empty K-cup.

The easiest way to make homemade popsicles is to freeze juice or yogurt, but you can use whatever recipe you’d like. Fill clean, plugged K-Cups, and place a craft stick in the cup (you may want to cut sticks in half so they aren’t so long), using tape to center the stick. Place filled cups on a baking sheet and freeze.



6. Freeze fresh herbs and olive oil in K-cups to get the perfect amount for cooking.

A person chopping herbs next to a K-cup with herbs and olive oil.

Plug up the used K-Cup hole with tape or hot glue, then fill the K-Cup with olive oil and chopped fresh herbs. When you’re ready to use it, dip the frozen K-Cup in hot water or cut away the plastic. Simply toss the frozen herb-oil directly into the pan as you cook.


7. Use K-cups as stamps on DIY projects.

A person using an empty K-cup as a stamp next to a person holding a box with stamped wrapping paper.

Use the cool patterns you make for cards, DIY wrapping paper, and more.


8. Let kids use K-cups to build things.

A child building a pyramid with empty K-cups.

Kids can even use them as “bowling pins” and use a marble or bouncy ball as a bowling ball.


9. Cover K-cups in fabric or tissue paper to make decorative planters.

A person covering an empty K-cup with fabric next to a K-cup with a mini plant in it.

Take a small piece of fabric or tissue paper and fold it over the edge of the K-cup. Hot glue or tape to the inside of the cup, tie a ribbon around it, and fill.


10. Cut a slit through the K-cup bottom to make a cardholder.

An empty K-cup upside with a slit in the bottom holding five playing cards.
10 Incredible Ways to Reuse Keurig K-Cups