I’m trying to come up with ways of recycling these empty k cups instead of just recycling them. The ones we buy are recyclable but many of them aren’t and these ideas will keep some of them from going to the landfill.
I came up with a mini yarn basket – a great way to use those left over bits and pieces of yarn from other projects.
Supplies: k cup, brown paint, twine, small bits of yarn, mini knitting accessories if you can find them, or use two long quilting pins for knitting needles, E6000 glue or similar
The first job was to paint the k cup brown, inside and out. I did this because I covered it in twine and I didn’t want any white showing through.
Next was to glue the twine to the outside. I started on the bottom and worked my way upwards. E6000 glue worked great for this.
Using an awl tool I poked two holes opposite each other at the top of the basket. I did this after the twine was glued on other wise the holes would of been covered over with glue.
A brown pipe cleaner was poked through the holes and it became the handle. To fill the space in the basket I used a small ball of left over sock yarn.
Then it was time to add some more really mini balls of yarn, and some little accessories. I have no idea where the mini scissors and book came from. The book is actually just a little bit of wood with a printed label glued onto it. I used two long quilting pins with beads on the ends for knitting needles.
To give you an idea of how big the mini yarn basket is I photographed it beside my most favourite sewing basket which is 5 in x 5 in x 4.5 in. I have had this basket since I was 8 years old and it was mailed to me from a very special aunt in England. I’ve used it all those years (60+). My aunt passed away several years ago but I still have the little basket she sent me one Christmas. Now I store various spools of fishing line in it as I use so much of that in my crafting projects.
I didn’t want to mention that this was a little Christmas ornament as it is still the middle of October. I’ll share with you in the next post how I quickly made it into a Christmas ornament, the perfect little gift for the knitter on your list. Did you see the yarn ornaments for knitting and crochet?
I’ll also be sharing some of my other ideas for recycling k cups in later posts.