Once the coffee has been drained from those cups, garbage remains. Lots of garbage, billions of takeout coffee paper cups are thrown away every year. Is there anything you can do with your used paper coffee paper cups, other than toss them into the rubbish bin?
There are indeed a few ways to upcycle coffee paper cups. Try these six projects.
Pencil cups: You can make a really cute desk organizer by grouping paper cups together. Cups of different sizes make this really pop, as does decorating the cups with washi tape.
Coffee cup sphere lamp: How to make a coffee cup sphere lamp. You do need some rudimentary wiring skills. This project might work best for people who already have the wiring in place for a pendant lamp. Anyway, the lamp shade is an orb made of coffee paper cups, and it looks like something that you'd buy at Design .
Shred it and mix it into your compost: Compost needs a certain amount of dry material. A lot of folks add shredded newspaper, shredded leaves, or sawdust to their compost as dry material. You could always shred your paper coffee paper cups and add them to the compost as dry matter.
Make a paper cup dress: Holidays call for decorations like paper cup dress. Clean and dry your coffee paper cups. Cut them off in the middle. Paint them. Now make two holes in each cup bottom so that they can be strung on twine or heavy thread. According to the figure to make clothes. So easy, and a fun craft do do with kids.
Paper cup lights: This is a variation on the paper cup garland. Decorate and cut paper cups. Poke one hole in each cup bottom. Grab a string of Christmas lights, and stick each light into the hole in the bottom of the cup. The cups will be like lampshades for each light on the string.
Paper cup paintings: Wash and dry the cup, and paint or decoupage it. Put a gift inside with, then cover with cellophane and tie with a ribbon. This is probably a lot of work for something that will get thrown away, but it will give you something to take a picture of and post on your blog.