Upcycling: Nespresso Pods

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I drink lots of coffee. I do. Lots. Prepared in all sorts of ways. French-pressed, aeropressed, moka potted, slow-dripped, turkish-style and when I just need a quick one to get me going, I use a Nespresso machine. But what about all those evil little pods?

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I upcycle them into craft materials. So far, I’ve used them on magnets, as notebook embellishments and to make jewellery.

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To prepare the used pods for a project, remove the perforated foil at the top, empty out the coffee grounds and rinse.

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You could use a rubber mallet to flatten them into discs but I really enjoy crunching them down with my feet.

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Once they’ve been flattened, you can use the discs as they are to stand in for boardgame tokens or as the base for an embellishment.

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I sometimes create little rosettes for jewellery or magnets. To make those, snip into the flattened capsule and stop when you’re at the centre. Use a rounded plier to coil the cut disc into a rose-shape. Create a second rosette with a much wider twist and glue the rosettes together for a more complex look.

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I’ve created a few really basic applications for upcycled nespresso pods. For more intricate projects, click here and check out the really astounding work that’s been pinned on to Pinterest.

4 Responses
  • onel
    June 9, 2014

    I can never tell they are made of those pods! Beautiful upcycle 🙂

  • mrs vee makes
    June 26, 2014

    Just goes to show you anything can be upcycled! Such a clever use of waste:)

  • Laura
    June 4, 2014

    If anyone is in melbourne (Donvale) I can give you stacks of these

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