DIY: K-Cups and the Civil War

May 5, 2015

We just concluded another fabulous year of our ladies luncheon at church. The theme was "Somewhere in Time". We had tables including decades, events, and other time periods. My table's theme was the Civil War. I'm always trying to figure out how to recycle my used K-Cups, and here's another fun project I want to share with you!

Once you've cleaned out your used K-Cups, gather the following materials:

Spray paint
Small diameter dowels ($0.29 per 3' stick at the craft store)
Mini clothes pins
Mini chalkboards (3 pack for $1.00 at the craft store)
Small rocks
Silk flowers
Shredded paper
Glue gun & glue sticks

This list may appear to be a little pricey, however I happen to have an excess of craft supplies already in my house. The only items I didn't have were the chalkboards and dowels. I spent about $5.00 total.

First, I cut the dowels to the length I wanted. You can cut them easily with sturdy scissors. Then, I glued the dowel into the K-Cup, as well as glued the mini clothes pin onto the top of the dowel.

The next step was to spray paint the tiny structure with blue (North) and gray (South) paint. I placed a small stone in the bottom of the K-Cup to prevent it from tipping over. Then, I placed shredded paper inside to keep the flowers standing. Using a white, fine-tip paint pen, I wrote "North" and "South" on the front of the K-Cups.

Finally, I hung the mini chalkboards on the clothes pins after writing everyone's name on them. These chalkboards were a lucky find in the dollar bin at the craft store. If you are unable to locate them, you could glue black cardstock onto the clothes pins.

Here's what the dueling placemarkers look like when the are completed.

These delightful placemarkers added a fabulous, feminine touch to the place settings. Here's what they looked like once my ladies luncheon table was completed. (I gave my ladies a goodie bag and brochures for the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA.)



What K-Cup projects have you done recently? Please feel free to share by commenting below, including a link to the pictures.

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