We’re off on vacation this week in Northern Wisconsin (follow us on Instagram to catch a glimpse of the fun), but I have a fun project to share that we worked on this past weekend … A Paper Cup Wreath!
While Owen was already off to the cabin on Saturday afternoon, Charlie and I worked on this project at Grandma’s house:
This happens to be the 9th week of our Summer challenge … Think Outside The Toy Box, a collaboration with five other bloggers and myself to try to come up with NEW and CREATIVE ways to use household items (that aren’t traditionally thought of as toys). This week’s theme was … Paper Cups!
Who knew you could use paper cups to make an quick and easy (and cheap!!) DIY wreath?!? The awesome part? … you can buy paper cups at a local party supply store in pretty much ANY color you want. Therefore you can make a custom wreath to fit any season or occasion in about 15 minutes (and for less than $10). This is also such an easy craft, your preschoolers or toddlers can help create it!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Paper Cups in the color(s) of your choice (we used about 25 cups for this 12″ diameter hoop).
- Embroidery Hoop (we used a 12″ diameter hoop)
- Duct tape (not pictured)
- Here’s the adult part … cut slits in all 25 cups with a knife before you begin:
- Next step, cut or break your embroidery hoop to allow cups to slide on.
- Have your kiddos slide the cups onto the hoop. We attempted to learn about patterns while doing this (though Owen probably would have been a better audience … Charlie was a bit too little to comprehend, I think).
- Continue sliding on cups until entire hoop is covered. When you get to the other end, you’ll need to use duct tape to put hoop back together (don’t be stingy on the duct tape … you don’t want the hoop to come apart).
- Spread out cups evenly to cover duct tape
- Hang and admire!
Charlie was entertained by the cups LONG after our wreath was complete!
You could make this wreath in all white for a more formal look, in fall colors for a fun and festive Autumn wreath, in bright green for St. Patrick’s day, or do an Ombre effect just for fun! The possibilities are endless!
Here’s your turn!
What fun crafts, experiments, or games have you done using paper cups? Link ’em up here, and share in the fun!
Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:
Up next Monday (our last of this series!!) … Plastic Milk Jugs! We’d just love for you to join in the fun and link up some good ideas each week!
May 26 – Glow Sticks (Check out our Glow Stick Lightning Bugs) June 2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Check out our Glitter and Glue Timeout Bottles) June 9 – Paper Bags (Check out our Paper Bag Pinatas) June 16 – Kool-Aid (Check out our Kool-Aid Play Doh) June 23 – Ice Cream Cones (Check out our Edible Stamp Art with Edible Paint) June 30 – Pool Noodles (Check out our DIY Lightsabers)
July 7 –
Wax Paper (Check out our Wax Paper and Crayon Melts)
July 14 –
Puzzle Pieces (Check out our DIY Puzzle Piece Art)
July 21 –
July 28 – Plastic Milk Jugs
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have several fun guest posts planned for the week while we’re gone, so be sure to stop back to meet a couple of my favorite bloggers and read about their awesome projects!!