When coffee & Christmas unite, pure joy emerges!
Friends! You should’ve seen my face when I was looking at my coffee pot a couple of weeks ago, thinking about Christmas decorations, and then had this K-Cup Coffee Christmas Tree idea pop into my head. I think you would’ve thought I had just come up with the solution to world peace!
(Which, I mean, actually isn’t too far off, because I think we could solve a lot of this country’s and this world’s problems by sitting down and having some cups of coffee together. Right?!)
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We recently got a new coffee maker to replace our other one that was on its last leg. We’d had our other one for over 6 years, and it just wasn’t working as well as it once did. I had been wanting to get a tandem coffee maker – one that brews 12 cups in a carafe and that also has the option for K-cups. My husband and I drink one or two cups of coffee each day, and then when we have company, we’ll brew a whole pot, so we like having the carafe for regular use, but because we love to have people over and often offer coffee with dessert, we also really wanted a machine that could brew individual cups so we could occasionally give guests the fun option to pick their evening cup of coffee/tea/cider/etc.
However, I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a machine that had both options, so I did some research and we ended up getting this one and we LOVE it. It was VERY budget-friendly considering its uses, AND, on the single brew side, it has the built-in option to use your own loose grounds. You don’t even have to buy a separate cup/filter for the single brew side! And it stores right there in the bottom of the coffee maker! (When I checked Amazon to grab the link for this coffee maker today (11/29/17), I saw they’re running a sale on it! Such a good deal!)
This is our first Christmas as the proud owners of our new coffee maker, and we are really excited to get some fun K-Cups (and off-brand K-cups) for this thing! When I was thinking about some easy and simple Christmas decor for our kitchen, I realized I could decorate a mini tree with K-Cup ornaments and put it next to our coffee maker – ADORABLE. I got a tree that was small enough to fit under our cabinets (I think this one is about 17″ tall), a really small strand of lights – 35 count, a cute bow to top it off, and then it was time to figure out how to realistically turn these K-cups into ornaments.
Are you ready for it? I’m going to show you how I turned them into ornaments, and I can hardly contain my excitement over it because 1) It is SO EASY, 2) They are SO CUTE, and 3) You don’t have to keep re-making them every time you use a K-Cup. This method of turning them into ornaments is REUSABLE over and over again. We’re talking over-the-moon excitement around here! Look – take one out to brew one:
And look: replace it immediately with a new one!
And you can just keep reusing that ribbon over and over and over again! So, you just make as many as you need for however many K-Cups you want on your tree, and then just keep replacing just the K-Cups every time you brew one! 🙂
Here’s what you need to make them:
- Some K-Cups
- Ribbon (I used pretty flexible ribbon that doesn’t easily fray, and I would also use this width of ribbon, too – a little over 1/4 of an inch)
First, you’ll cut strips of ribbon – about 11″ long.
Tie the two ends together with a knot towards the top.
Then grab your K-cup for reference…
…and put it inside the loop. You’ll want to place the ribbon fairly close to the lip of the K-cup, make it pretty tight, and then mark with your fingers where you want to tie another knot:
Tie your knot and then place your K-Cup inside the bottom loop to make sure it fits. Don’t tie your knot too tightly at first in case you need to adjust it a little bit after inserting the K-cup to make sure it fits snugly. You can easily adjust the knot to make it a little tighter or loser and then make it tight after you know the K-Cup will fit.
And there you have it!
(It’s photos like these that make me wonder why I never pursued hand modeling. Just look at those fresh-out-of-the-dishwater hands!)
Repeat this process for however many K-Cup ornaments you want to make and then hang them by the top loop on the tree!
SO beautiful AND functional!
I love this cute little sparkly burlap bow for the top. 🙂
Such a fun idea for your own kitchen or perhaps as a gift for a coffee-lover this Christmas!
Merry Christmas, y’all! Let’s all go enjoy a good cup of coffee now. 🙂
What other coffee-lover Christmas ideas do I need to try?!