Sunday, August 28, 2011

ReCycle Craft: Paper Cup Weaving!


This fun little project was an extension of our Elmer's Glue
Kid's craft camp fun... we had so many fun Elmer's glue project ideas 
we just couldn't stop ourselves!



It's inspiration came from Gail, at That Artist Woman Blog,
she's awesome (have I told you that before?) and her cup weaving lesson
(go check them out, they're beautiful!)


Crafty play date fun! 
Because crafting is more fun with friends.

For this project, we started with some paper party cups 
leftover from an old birthday party.
I mixed up a batch of watered-down Elmer's white school glue
to make our own homemade Mod Podge. 


The girls used foam craft brushes to apply coats of watery glue to the cups. 
(don't make it too watery, keep it thick)  
We used pretty paper napkins (from my paper napkin stash). 

Separate the layers of the napkins, most napkins have 3 layers, 
you only need the top one or two layers for this project. 
Apply a thin layer of the watery glue to the cup, 
then press on the napkin - you can add a tiny bit on top of the napkin if it's too dry, 
but be careful because it will rip and tear easily!


We set our cups aside to dry for a couple of hours.
Then, we cut small slits evenly around the top edge of the cup.


Look closely and you'll see we made little "V" shaped cuts
into the round cups. 


Then, I set out a variety of yarn and string
and showed the girls how to weave their yarn
over and under around the cups. 
We tucked the loose ends inside the cups. 



Sorry for the blurry "action" shots, it's tricky
to get good photos of crafts in progress!


We used fuzzy yarn, crinkly yarn, brown rope, and 
different rainbow yarns. 
You could use embroidery floss too!


The final cups are great as little pencil holders on our desks!
These would be great gifts for grandparents or teachers : )


Coming up next, we'll show and tell 
our recycled milk carton weaving! 

Fondly,
pink and green mama, MaryLea



10 comments:

Esther said...

Great idea! Yeah they would make a perfect gift for teachers1

Art For Little Hands said...

This is a really fun simple idea. Sharing and pinning this one!

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First, thanks for the wonderful site. Since I found him at home is a much more peaceful place. :-) My children are engaged together and create wonderful things. This here is another great idea for the upcoming rainy autumn. Regards!

Ecofriendly said...

Nice Paper Cup Weaving! handi craft work, Very simple any one can try it.
http://www.ecofriendlypackaging.com/papercup.html

Mom in the Muddle said...

What great fun! Thanks for a neat idea that seems simple to do.

K-Sue said...

This is really cool looking! I;m a new follower.

Moving Boxes said...

I just loved your blog. It’s so colorful & beautiful. I felt like going back to my childhood after reading this. Beautiful…

Toilet Paper said...

Like so much of this idea. Using recycled cup could greatly save money while learning a lot.

Paper Cup Machine said...

nice paper cup work creativity

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