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These coffee pods make surprisingly realistic bluebells, as well as making a pleasing bell like sound.

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Step 1: Cleaning the pods out

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Nespresso pods are an interesting material. It's very light, easy to work with, beautifully coloured metal, but to get that metal involves messing about with used pods.

I'm not wearing gloves in any photos, but you might find it useful to do so. I did end up getting very small cuts a bit like paper cuts, but they weren't painful.

Step 2: Getting the coffee out

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Cut the top off using sharp scissors. I'm using an old pair of nail scissors, but anything will do, as long as you don't mind getting coffee on them.

Peel away the top. It's a bit like a yoghurt pot lid, and will come off in small pieces and be very irritating!

Tap upside down into a bag, and wipe around to get most of it out.

Step 3: Washing the pods

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This is what an empty pod looks like.

To wash them, I simply put them in the sink in some water for a bit to soak off the stubborn bits.

Step 4: Drying the pods

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Using a piece of tissue, dry each one individually. There is a kind of filter in the bottom of the pod, and leaving it to dry naturally can make them smell.

Step 5: Kit for making bluebells

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You will need the following:

  1. Washed out nespresso pods
  2. thin florist wire - 15cm is perfect.
  3. a long piece of thick wire (not shown in picture) - 30cm is perfect
  4. floristry tape
  5. beads
  6. pliers
  7. an awl (or similar)
  8. scissors

Step 6: Shaping the pod

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Using pliers, press around the edge of the pod and flatten to make the pod into a bell shape.

Step 7: Making a hole

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To make a hole in the bottom of the pod, put the pod flat onto a cutting board (or just a piece of scrap card or wood) and push the awl through carefully in the centre. The metal is really thin and it doesn't take much pressure.

It's so pretty! That is an awesome use for those left over pods, I've heard so many people gripe about feeling bad about throwing them away. Thanks for sharing!

peskychloe (author)  MsSweetSatisfaction10 months ago

Thank you! It came about because a friend said he had to take them to a nespresso shop for recycling and it was so far away the petrol he used offset any recycling!

If there is one in your area, Sur la Table does accept the pods for recycling.

pantalone10 months ago

This is great! I never would have seen a bluebell in one of those used pods, but now I'll see a flower in every one.

peskychloe (author)  pantalone10 months ago

Thank you so much! As I was washing them out, all I could see were bells :) I'll be uploading another instructable using them later, so keep an eye out :)