Upcycling Keurig K-Cups into Daisies

I published a new video today going over how to upcycle Keurig K-Cups into daisies.

Although I do use 3D Printing, this project does not necessarily need to require 3D Printing.

NOTE – There is no slicing or modeling footage in this video. Instead, you’ll have a lot of footage of processing K-Cups. A lot of footage. 🙂

COMPOSTING (Starts at 1:30)
With removing the grounds from the K-Cups, you do have some options:
1) 3D Printed K-Cup Compost Tool from Shapeways (One of my earliest designs) https://www.shapeways.com/product/3SH…
2) 3D Printed Coffee Monsta Designed by Derek Bibeau https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:711329
3) Non 3D Printing Option – -A Fork (which is what I most commonly use now-a-days.

CUTTING DAISIES (Starts at 3:35)
With just a couple of deviations, my process mirrors the one documented in the Make It Easy Crafts blog post on making a Patriotic Wreath: http://www.makeiteasycrafts.com/2012/… Eventually, I sped up and improved the accuracy of the project with a 3D Printed template. That template is available on Thingiverse at: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:370…

MAKING CENTERS (Starts at 6:05)
I use 3D Printed Centers for my daisies which can be downloaded from Thingiverse (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:370…) or purchased at Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/listing/715459369/) BUT– you don’t have to use 3D Printed centers. The Make It Easy Blog used embossed felt.

For the Virginia Tech Maker Festival last fall, we used a 1 1/2″ Circle Punch and yellow paper to help kids make their own flowers at the show.

FINAL ASSEMBLY (Starts at 7:42)
I used Goop to affix the centers to the K-Cups. For the pendant lamp shade, I used the Regolit shade from IKEA (https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr…) and affixed the daisies via a Glue Gun.

You can also double up and paint the daisies for a different look. If you do paint them, I recommend covering a spot on the center with painters or masking tape. That way, your center is glued directly to the K-Cup and not a layer of paint.

Please do share any K-Cup projects you tackle. I would love to see them. As always, thank you for watching!