Yuletide Garland with Upcycled K-Cup Bells

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This post is for letter “Y” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.


Jolly Yuletide Garland with Upcycled K-Cup Bells

Are you getting ready for the Christmas season?  I love decorating and try to come up with fun and new decoration ideas to help make the season festive.  This year the kids and I created this beautiful Yuletide Garland with Upcycled K-Cup Bells.  The kids personalized the bells by adding fingerprint polka dots!

On a side note – do you actually know the definition of Yuletide?  I had to look it up this year to be 100% on the meaning so in case you are wondering yourself here it is (source Dictionary.com):




the Christmas season.


of or relating to the Christmas season.

Materials Needed


  • K-Cup’s (empty and washed)
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paint in red, white, green, and gold (or spray paint)
  • Paint brush
  • Green and red pipe cleaners
  • Bells (any color would be fine)
  • Green and red ribbon
  • An artificial garland (with or without lights)


This project will take a couple days to complete due to the drying time necessary in between steps. 

  • Lay out newspaper at your work station, using the paint brushes paint the k-cups (the number will depend on the length of your garland).
  • Paint half red and half gold.
  • Allow to dry fully and apply a second coat of paint.
  • Allow to dry again and using white and green paint apply polka dots using your fingertip (the kids enjoyed this step!).
  • Once the polka dots are dry you can start the final steps.  Fold a pipe cleaner in half, feed the bell onto the pipe cleaner and push to the middle.


  • Feed the pipe cleaner up through the existing hole on the bottom of the K-cup.
  • Once both sides are out you pull them up until the bell just barely hangs out of the opening.
  • Loop the pipe cleaner ends together to create a hanger and fold the excess pipe around the sides.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon (roughly 16 inches long).
  • Tie a bow around the base of the hanger.


  • Hang up the garland.
  • Attach an ornament hook to the hanger and hang from the garland.


Take a look at some of our Yuletide fun from years past below:

Kid Made Salt Dough Christmas Ornament Garland

Cute and Easy DIY Olaf Cotton Ball Christmas Ornament

Kid Friendly No Sew Christmas Tree Ornament

My name is Shannon and I am currently a stay at home mom to my two children.  I love to bake and enjoy planning activities for the kids.  I am a Disney loving Mama and working on creating Disney loving kids!  Join me over on my blog Crafty Mama in ME, or let’s chat on social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Intstagram and Twitter!


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