(Original story published on Thursday May 7th, 2015 on HGTV.ca.)
From the coolest party garland to a fun bridal shower chapeau, wait until you see all the easy ways you can DIY with paper cups.
1. Party Garland
Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to decorate for your next bash? Make your own garland using paper cups, string, paint, and some sort of a fringe or sparkling embellishment.
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2. Flower Garland
Would you believe this gorgeous rose garland is made out of paper cups? Well believe it! And we love it for everything form a tea party to a wedding.
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3. Elegant Tea Lights
Add a ladylike edge to your tea lights with Dixie cups. Who knew those little paper cups could look so good?
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4. Mini Piñatas
Step up your party game and make mini piñatas out of paper cups.
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5. Gift Box
With a little snipping, bending and tying of ribbon, you can turn a paper cup into a cute gift box.
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6. Fruity Gift Box
Or, choose cups in tutti fruiti shades, add some rope and a green leaf and you have sweet fruit-inspired gift boxes.
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7. Hat for a Costume
Help your kids play dress-up with this DIY hat made out of a paper cup, pompoms and a hair band.
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8. A Crown for Dress-Up
Or, cut a paper cup into a spiky shape and attach an elastic string to it for an adorable crown. Makes a great accessory for tea time, if we do say so ourselves.
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9. Bridal Shower Hats
Looking for a DIY for your bridal shower? Have guests make their own garden hats, made out of paper cups.
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10. DIY Tiered Cake Stand
In need of an inexpensive cake stand? Look no further. Grab a few paper cups and plates, give them a coat of paint, stack ‘em up, and load on the (light) treats.
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11. Party Cups
Turn playing paper cups into festive party décor, like these adorable versions for a little girl’s 4th birthday bash.
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12. Popsicle Mold
Round up the kids! We have a fun activity ahead. Use Dixie cups to make your own homemade popsicles. Just pour in the juice, freeze, and tear away the cup.
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13. Animal Craft
Are the kids looking for a new craft for the next rainy day? Gather the art supplies and turn those boring paper cups into fun zoo animals.
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14. Artsy Cups
Lend an abstract hand to your paper cups for your next get together with friends by giving them a swipe of water colour paint.
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15. Kid’s Potted Plant
Have the kids plant their own seeds and watch them grow. But first, have them decorate the paper cup that will act as the pot.
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16. Plant Pot
Get out your water colour paints and give your paper cups a fresh coat to make your own standout pots for your plants.
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17. Wall Decor
Get seriously crafty with cone paper cups and whip up this cool decal for your living quarters.
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18. Holiday Wreath
Use paper cups to make a sleek and elegant (indoor) wreath for holiday season.
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19. Advent Calendar
A new, cool way to make your advent calendar for the holiday season? Turn paper cups into reindeer with a few craft supplies, hang them from a string with clothes pins, and slip a little gift into each cup.
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20. Holiday Treat Cup
With a little paint and a few craft supplies, you can turn paper cups into festive candy holders for just about any holiday celebration.
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