Do you use a Keurig coffee machine? Since I'm the only coffee drinker in my house, I do. It's incredibly convenient to be able to brew one cup of coffee at a time. While I currently use re-usable filters in my Keurig machine, I know most people still use the disposable cups.
If you're one of those people, what do you do with the cups after your cup of coffee is brewed? Do you toss them in the trash? An Atlantic article estimates that enough K-Cups were thrown in the trash to circle the Earth 12 times int 2014 alone. So if you do, you're not alone.
For the next week, save all of your K-Cups, rinse them out and make this fun upcycled K-Cup pumpkin craft with your kids. Making fall crafts will give those otherwise useless little cups a fun use before they head to the landfill.
Then, the next time you need to buy more K-Cups, look at a more environmentally friendly option. You can get reusable filters that let you use your own coffee grounds. And San Francisco Bay Coffee Company actually has coffee pods that are 97% biodegradable. If you don't want to fill your own reusable cups, they're a convenient and more eco-conscious option.
Fall Crafts: Upcycled K-Cup Pumpkin
- Empty the used k-cups by pulling out the liner and rinsing them. Allow them to air dry prior to using.
- Use the sponge paint brush to paint each k-cup orange. I found that the best strokes to evenly coat the k-cups were up and down (see photo). Allow them to air dry for several hours.
- Use a small paint brush to make the pumpkins eyes, nose and mouth using the black acrylic paint (see photo).
- Lastly, cut the green pipe cleaners about 1" long and gently twist to make the pumpkin's stem. Insert the stem into the top hole of the k-cup.
- Repeat with all the pumpkins.