I am a big Recycler. I am also a big k-cup user. I know, a little conflicting, right? I have been trying to think of different ways to reuse k-cups, and I thought they were the perfect size to use for a candy advent calendar. I settled on making a wreath. I’m also a big burlap fan, so I wanted to integrate that in some way.
I thought it came out really well!
- 1 sheet white foam core board. I got this from Dollar Tree.
- 25 washed and cleaned K-cups. You also may have to work a bit at getting all the bits of foil and paper off the rim.
- Piece of burlap, or scrapbook paper that looks like burlap. I bought a light green burlap from Joann Fabrics at 50% off.
- Black scrapbook numbers. These were from Walmart.
- Hot glue gun and glue.
- Candy to fill the cups. These need to be small enough to not stick over edge. I used butterscotch, short smarties, starburst, kisses, etc. I bought candy at Dollar Tree.
- Ribbon bow
- Twine for hanger.
- Red and white card stock grade paper.
While the K-cups were drying, I cut out a wreath form out of foam core. I used an exacto knife, and I just free formed the actual cutting out part. I copied a saucer from my cabinet for the center, and a large dish for the outside area. My inside wreath measurement is around 7.5, and the outside is 13.5.
After the wreath form got cut out, I wrapped it with burlap strips. So, burlap is extremely messy and dusty, so I recommend doing it in a garage, or somewhere you can clean easily. Also, burlap is made up of a series of twine like strings woven together. The best way to cut it evenly its to make a small cut where you want to cut the fabric, then grab one of those strings, and pull it out! What’s left is a line in the fabric that you can cut straight down with your scissors. Glue the end of the first strip to the wreath, then starting wrapping the burlap around the wreath to cover the form. My strips were about 2.5 inches wide. It look 3 strips of 50″ inch wide fabric to wrap the whole wreath form.
Space the k-cups around the wreath. They do not need to be uniform, just make sure they aren’t touching in order to glue tops on easily. So the inside of the k-cups would look nice after that day had been opened, I put small circles of red card stock into the bottom of the cups. They’ll look like red berries!
Your next step is to make the pull off tops. In order to get the green burlap look on top of the cups, I photocopied the green burlap fabric onto card stock. It worked really well!
I made two copies, then traced the top of a k-cup onto the paper. I made a little grip tab on the paper too, so it’s easier to pull the top off the cup.
Cut out 25 toppers, place the scrapbook numbers on the center of the cups, then fill your cups with candy! I put two pieces in each cup because I have two kids!
Use your hot glue gun to gently glue down the numbers toppers in a random order. Then make a loop with twine, and glue a holder on the back of the wreath. On the bottom, on the front, glue your ribbon. I gave my advent wreath a shot of spray glitter, because I love glitter, and it’s done!
If you give this a shot, let me know how it goes! Enjoy! I figured this advent wreath cost less than $10! Plus I recycled my k-cups!