Kids Crafts, Projects

Paper Cup Wreath {Think Outside The Toy Box}

July 21, 2014

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:

Paper Cup Wreath  |  View From The Fridge

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:



  1. Paper Cups in the color(s) of your choice (we used about 25 cups for this 12″ diameter hoop).
  2. Embroidery Hoop (we used a 12″ diameter hoop)
  3. Duct tape (not pictured)


  1. Here’s the adult part … cut slits in all 25 cups with a knife before you begin:

    Paper Cup Wreath  |  View From The Fridge

    Cut slit in cup slightly larger than width of hoop

  2. Next step, cut or break your embroidery hoop to allow cups to slide on.

    Paper Cup Wreath  |  View From The Fridge

    Break embroidery hoop to allow cups to be threaded onto hoop.

  3. 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).

    Paper Cup Wreath  |  View From The Fridge

    Have kids help slide cups onto hoop.

  4. 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).
    Paper Cup Wreath  |  View From The Fridge

    Continue sliding on cups until entire hoop is covered.

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    Duct tape hoop back together

  5. Spread out cups evenly to cover duct tape diy-paper-cup-wreath-complete
  6. Hang and admire!paper-cup-wreath


Charlie was entertained by the cups LONG after our wreath was complete!

This dude could stack cups all day long.  Why do we buy toys for him?!?

This dude could stack cups all day long. Why do we buy toys for him?!?


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!

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Now .. stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series and see what they came up with this week:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy

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 – Paper Cups

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!!


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  • Reply AmieJo July 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I love how colorful this is. It looks easy to make. I may have to do it thanks.
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    • Reply Katie July 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Thanks so much!! It was SUPER easy and fun for My son to make! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Leslie July 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    How cute! I love the bright colors of the cups. I hope you & the fam are having a great Monday.
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    • Reply Katie July 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Leslie! We are having a great week so far. Vacation is going well … Happy and tired kiddos!! Thanks for stopping by! Hope your is also off to a good start!

  • Reply Crystelle July 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Wow! What a fun idea! I have never used cups for anything crafty except to dip my paintbrush in water! You are so Martha Steward! :)
    xox, Crystelle
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    • Reply Katie July 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Ha! I’m SO far from Martha it’s funny, but thank you! You’re too sweet!! Thanks for the comment! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Heather July 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    You’re so creative Katie! I love this paper cup wreath and of course your sorter looks like he’s having a blast helping out 😉 Pinning, it’s the coolest idea.
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  • Reply the cape on the corner July 22, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    now that is neat, and i love the colors.
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  • Reply Abby July 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    This would be so fun to make with plastic solo cups- they have such fun colors now!- to decorate a campsite. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Reply Katie July 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Totally … Abby! Perfect campsite decoration! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline July 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    You are so awesomely creative!!!! Thanks so much for sharing at this week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ I appreciate the support. Pinned and FB’d ~ p.s. your little sorter is adorable and so is that new baby!!!! another p.s. I have 3 boys, too…isn’t it fabulous!
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    • Reply Katie July 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks SO much, Mary Beth!! Boys are great, right?!? They are wild, crazy, messy, and a little smelly, but SO fun! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the party!

  • Reply Becky @ bybmg July 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I adore this idea! Great job!!
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    • Reply Katie July 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks, Becky! Such a quick and easy craft! Great way to use up the extra random cups from past parties! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Julie @White Lights on Wednesday July 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Oh Katie. I have to tell you, I’m not into wreaths. Like not even a little, but I freaking love this wreath! What are you doing to me?!? :)
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    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Ha, Julie!! I’m so glad I turned you toward the ‘dark side’. Thanks for the party and for checking out my wreath (even though you’re anti-wreath!!). Ha! Happy {almost} weekend!!

  • Reply Alexis @ Persia Lou July 23, 2014 at 12:41 am

    What a smart idea, Katie! I love this wreath. Thanks for sharing it with us at The Makers. :)
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    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Alexis! Thanks for a great party, and for stopping over! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Kelly July 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    What a fun and creative idea! Love it!

    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks, Kelly!

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast July 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    You are brilliant! This is seriously so cute. What an easy and inexpensive way to dress up your entryway. Thanks for linking up with Hump Day Happenings!
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    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks, Jenna! Thanks for the fun party, too! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Caroline July 24, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    This is so cute! Last year I made a ribbon wreath and it was a painfully long and tedious process. This is super cute and looks 10x easier! I’ll have to give this a try… pinned! Oh, and I’m visiting from Hump Day Happenings :)
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    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Yes … this was SO simple. 10 minutes … tops! Thanks for stopping by, Caroline! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Jennie July 24, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Best idea ever!! A wreath I can actually make!!
    I would love if you would come linkup and share on Friday Favorites!

    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Ha! Thanks so much, Jennie! Thanks for the invite, too. I’ll stop over and link up! Happy {almost} Friday!

  • Reply Nancherrow July 25, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Such a fun and unique idea! Pinning to the Fridays Unfolded board. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Reply Katie July 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks, Alison! Love your blog and your party! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  • Reply Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods July 25, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I am a sucker for a great wreath. Such a fun, creative idea! Pinning!
    ~ Ashley
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    • Reply Katie July 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      You’re too sweet, Ashley! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Made from Pinterest July 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    How creative and colorful! I love it!
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    • Reply Katie July 26, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks! It was such a fun and EASY project! Happy weekend!

  • Reply Katie Adams July 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.
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    • Reply Katie July 26, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Katie!! You made my weekend! Stopping over now to check it out!

  • Reply Cass@frugalfamily July 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    This looks amazing – I really want to have a try myself!

    Thanks for linking up with the Parenting Pin it Party this week x x
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    I love this idea!! It would be a great way to show school colors for football season, or do solo cups for a party.
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    • Reply Katie July 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks, Rochelle! There are so many fun places to use this idea! I was thinking a Halloween wreath would be fun, too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Reply Trinity May 9, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I just love your wreath and sit here shaking my head thinking….”I NEVER would have thought to do this!” Awesome job thinking outside of the box. So glad you shared it with us.

    • Reply Katie May 10, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Ha! Thanks! Kinda silly, but so fun! Thanks for the comment! Hope you had a good weekend!

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