DIY: K-Cup Graduation Caps

May 21, 2013

I am always looking for creative ways to reuse K-Cups. So far, I have made a lighted garland for Christmas and wind gauges, a project I did with my kids for a science project. Since it's graduation time, I discovered a fabulous use for my K-Cups. Here's a great DIY tutorial that will surely make your graduation celebration special!

Supplies Needed:
  • Used K-Cups
  • Scissors
  • Spray or craft paint*
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Cardstock paper*
  • One push pin
  • Scrapbooking brads*
  • Embroidery thread*
*Purchase in colors to match or coordinate based on school colors.

Begin by cleaning out enough used K-Cups for your celebration. Be sure to peel the foil top off carefully so as not to leave bits of it behind. Using scissors (open to use one blade) scrape out the filter. Rinse the K-Cup to remove any remaining grounds.


Paint the K-Cups in your desired colors. Schools usually have two colors, so you may choose to paint a few in each color. Spray paint will be much faster, however, you can custom mix colors (if necessary) using craft paint.


Using a ruler and pencil, measure 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch squares from the cardstock paper and cut them out. If you have a paper cutter, it will be much quicker, but scissors will do just fine. Once the squares are cut, mark the center of them and poke holes with the push pin.


Once the K-Cups are dry, mark the center of them and poke holes with the push pin. Insert a scrapbooking brad into the hole in the cardstock, then insert through the K-Cup. Flip it over and open the tabs on the brad to secure the cardstock to the K-Cup.

Cut a piece of embroidery thread to your desired length. I cut mine to 6 inches to start. Tie the thread to the brad, at approximately the half way point, and gather the ends together. Be sure the knot is hidden under the brad before continuing. Tie a knot so the "tassel" will hang over the edge of the cap. Separate the threads and cut off any excess.


Congratulations! You now have a completed K-Cup Graduation Cap!!
Ideas for Use
They can be used in a number of ways such as party favors, place markers, food markers, etc. Another great use is to allow guests to share tidbits of advice for the graduate by writing on the caps with a fine-tip marker.

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