Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Project Paper Cup: Matching Game


Playtime is the perfect opportunity to for learning as well. We all know that a child’s mind is fertile ground for learning, and this is made easier and effective during playtime. For this edition of Project Paper Cup, we will use recycled yogurt paper cups to create a game where kids can sharpen their memory and teach them the value of recycling at the same time. Moms, dads, and of course kids, it’s time to play the matching game!

For this project, we will need at least ten used yogurt paper cups (make sure they are all cleaned up!), art supplies, particularly colored papers, scissors, and glue. Cut out five pairs of any shape you want. You can cut out stars, hearts, circles, triangles, squares – any shape you can cut out, as long as you make two of each, and each pair is different than each other pair. Gather your ten yogurt paper cups and glue each to the inside of a paper cup. If you have white, generic paper cups, you can also decorate the outer area with paint and colored pens.

Now, here is how you play the game. Flip the yogurt paper cups upside down. Each player picks out two cups. If the shapes inside do not match, the player puts them back down. Now it’s the next player’s turn. A player scores a point once they picked out two cups with the same shape inside. Once this happens, be sure to remove the matching cups from the game. The player who picks out the most number of matching yogurt paper cups wins. This game will help your kids develop sharp memory skills and hone their strategizing skills. Of course, using yogurt paper cups to create their own game is also an effective way to instill the value of recycling.


Always remember, the next time you enjoy a nice, healthy yogurt, do not hesitate to use yogurt paper cups because here at Project Paper Cup, we’ll teach you cool and kid friendly ways to reuse them.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Project Paper Cup: Animal Cups


Most kids have a natural affinity for animals. Unfortunately, keeping pets is not always allowed in homes. Sometimes, keeping pets can also be hazardous for a child’s health. However, this should not keep your young ones from being able to appreciate animals. There are a myriad other ways to express appreciation for our furry friends. In this edition of Project Paper Cup, we are going to explore one of those ways. Ladies, gentlemen, and especially kids, Project Paper Cup presents Animal Cups!

For this project, we shall be using yogurt paper cups. Yogurt paper cups have a wider rim and a wider base than your regular paper cup, so this should give us more creative opportunities. Aside from used yogurt paper cups (make sure you’ve cleaned them off!), you will also need your art supplies, scissors, some yarn, and glue. As always, adult supervision is strongly advised.

We will be working on two animals, a mouse and a jellyfish. For the mouse cup, first decorate the outside of your yogurt paper cup. Use paint or colored pens to make a colorful mouse body. Next, bring out some crumpled paper and glue it onto the inside lip. Using some art paper, add eyes, a nose, and whiskers to your mouse. If you have some felt paper, cut out some mouse ears and attach them onto the sides of the cup. Finally, use a pipe cleaner to create the mouse’s tail.

Now, if your kids are fond of sea creatures, you can use your recycled yogurt paper cup to create a paper cup jellyfish. With some adult assistance, poke two holes on the bottom of the paper cup. This is where you will run some yarn or a piece of string so you hang your yogurt paper cup jellyfish. Make paper streamers about six inches long and glue them to the inside of the rim of the paper cup. Continue to do this until the entire mouth of the cup is lined with paper streamers. Now hang the paper cup upside down and watch the paper streamers fall down from the cup, just like jellyfish tentacles. You can also color the cup to make the jellyfish body whatever colors you like. This is a great and eco-friendly decor idea for under-the-sea-themed parties or just simply as a room decor.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Project Paper Cup: Kiddie Paperweights


It’s project paper cup time again! Time to bring out your art supplies, your used paper cups, and your creativity! For this edition, we will be using used yogurt paper cups. Yogurt paper cups are wider than regular drinking paper cups. Sometimes they come with a transparent plastic lid. Using yogurt paper cups is an eco-friendly way to enjoy the sweet, sour, tangy, and healthy taste of yogurt.

For this week’s Project Paper Cup, we will transform used yogurt paper cups into paperweights. Paperweights are items used to hold down stacks of paper to keep individual pages from flying off. For this activity, you will need your coloring materials and art supplies, depending on the design that you want for your paper cup. You will also need used yogurt paper cups. Make sure you have cleaned them off before doing any actual decorating.

Now, there are several ways to go about this and it is all up to how you want your paperweight to look like. One idea is to make a potted flower paperweight. Crumple some used tissue paper or some art paper and stuff them inside your yogurt paper cup. You can put in some pebbles or small stones to give it more weight. You may opt to cover it with the yogurt paper cup’s matching lid or you can leave it as is. Get a drinking straw and stick it through your “soil”. Now, cut out some petals and leaves using art paper and glue it on to your “stem.” Aside from potted flowers, you can also make pop-up animal paperweights. Use your imagination. The creative possibilities are endless.

The next time you enjoy a healthy serving of yogurt, make sure not to throw away your yogurt paper cup because here at Project Paper Cup, we’ll always find creative ways to reuse them.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Project Paper Cup: Fun with Yogurt Paper Cups


Dessert time is always fun, especially for children. But it can be made even more fun if you add a little art into it. For this edition of project paper cup, we will take a look at yogurt paper cups. Yogurt is one of the healthier desserts out there. Its taste may not be popular with some kids and can take some getting used to at first, but its health benefits make it worth the effort. Yogurt is good for digestion and it is also rich in protein, calcium, and riboflavin, as well as vitamins B6 and B12.

Yogurt paper cups are special paper cups made especially for enjoying – you guessed it, yogurt. For this project, we will be using a little art to brighten up what would otherwise be just a white, generic paper cup. This project is super easy, super fun and super educational too. Aside from enhancing creativity by using our imagination, it also reminds us about the value of being eco-friendly.

Before dessert time, gather your kids and have them bring out their preferred art supplies. Bring out your unused yogurt paper cups. Using a clean strip of plastic, cover the opening to make sure whatever art supplies you use don’t get inside the yogurt paper cup. If you are using the lid, just cover the opening on the lid. Now, here comes the easy part. Hand the covered yogurt paper cups to your kids and let the creativity run wild! If you use some paint to decorate the cups, make sure you let the yogurt paper cup dry first before putting in the yogurt. This activity is a great way to encourage your kids to try a healthy dessert like yogurt. Of course, it’s also a great way to bond! The next time you’re eating yogurt with the kids, make sure it is served on eco-friendly yogurt paper cups and make sure you take time out to have fun with it.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Save the Earth While Enjoying the Chilly Weather with Refreshing Froyos in Yogurt Paper Cups




Froyos or frozen yogurts are the latest treats to hit the American kitchen. Practically unheard of just a few years ago, frozen yogurts are not only healthy but deliciously-tasting too. Filled with protein, calcium, and healthy lactobacillus bacteria, it’s not surprising that consumers prefer froyos instead of the usual ice cream. Frozen yogurts also contain half the calories present in an equal portion of ice cream. Additionally, just as food aficionados are concerned with eating healthy, consumers are equally aware of helping the environment. With the birth of eco-friendly yogurt paper cups, consumers can have the best of both worlds in frozen yogurts served in yogurt paper cups.

Frozen yogurts can easily be purchased. Not a single store can be found that doesn’t offer refreshing frozen yogurts served in yogurt paper cups. Even the supermarkets are bound to have frozen yogurts in stock. If you’d rather make froyos right in your own kitchen, that’s perfectly fine as well, because frozen yogurts are easier to make than traditional ice cream. Homemade frozen yogurts are less expensive at a third of the cost of store-bought brands, minus the emulsifiers, stabilizers, preservatives, and antioxidants – it’s a good thing. Some frozen yogurt brands on the market even have “dead” bacteria instead of the recommended live bacteria.

When making homemade froyos, don’t forget to purchase yogurt paper cups for that feeling of accomplishment – eating delicious and healthy treats while saving the earth with environmentally-friendly yogurt paper cups. Yogurt paper cups feature premium double poly paper that can also be great for ice-cream, gelato, noodles, and salad. The double poly paper prevents leaking while adding resilience for better usage for both hot and cold foods.

CupDepot.com, a manufacturer of Karat® and Karat® Earth products, has recently introduced the advantages of using yogurt paper cups for a more environment friendly tradition. Other eco-friendly products are plastic cups, straws, and utensils. All eco-friendly products are biodegradable, reusable, and made from renewable resources.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Green Living: Reusable Plastic Cups for a Healthier Environment


Disposable plastic cups are long gone. Nowadays when everyone is doing his/her part in promoting a clean and green environment, consumers play a vital role in helping to create a healthier environment by reusing most everything that used to be disposable. Plastic cups used to be the bane of environmental activists’ existence. However, consumers are now more aware of the consequences of disposing plastic cups after a single use, so now reusing plastic cups is being actively practiced. So plastic cups have now joined the likes of ceramics, stainless steel, and glasses when it comes to reusability. Why should we reuse plastic cups anyway? Here are five reasons why.
1. Plastic cups have a long lifespan, they do not biodegrade. Biodegradation is the chemical breakdown of materials with the help of a physiological environment. They may break down but not completely, so instead, they end up in the environment contributing to the toxic elements that slowly destroy our surroundings.
2. Plastic affects the taste of whatever drink we pour into plastic cups, so drinks naturally taste better when poured into reusable plastic cups. Reusable plastic cups do not have that fresh-out-of-the-factory taste.
3. The planet does not have enough resources to supply everyone with a single-use plastic cup. It seems like a silly idea to just use a new cup each time we are thirsty, right?
4. Plastic production is in itself a highly destructive process for the environment. From the emissions to the by-products, producing anything plastic is actually harmful to Mother Nature. Recycling too, will take up energy and resources that could otherwise be saved if consumers learned to reuse plastic cups.
5. Plastic has trace elements of BPA and phthalates which are potentially harmful chemicals. Not only are these elements linked to cancer, but they are especially dangerous for children as well. More and more countries are taking preventive measures to ensure that BPA and phthalates are not being taken in by consumers.
Not only can reusing plastic cups help save the environment, it also lets consumers save more. Instead of purchasing plastic cups each time we get thirsty, reusing them can help us save more money. CupDepot.com, a leading distributor of Karat® and Karat® Earth products, offers eco-friendly plastic cups and other products like plastic lids, paper cups, straws, and utensils.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Project Plastic Cup: Holiday Cups


How time flies, it’s almost October! Pretty soon it’s going to be December and you know what that means — Christmas time! Christmas is a bright holiday, not only because of the good cheer it brings but also literally because of the bright lights that people put up during the season.

For this edition of project plastic cup, we will teach you how to make a beautiful Christmas decoration using eco-friendly plastic cups. This may be a dangerous project for children, so be sure to have adult supervision when children are present.

For this project, you’ll need about 50 clear plastic cups, preferably recycled, outdoor mini lights, a stapler, a drill and wire or ribbons.

First, slowly and carefully drill a hole on each of the clear plastic cups. You can stack them up so you can finish faster. Make sure not to break the cup.
Next, connect the plastic cups into a wreath, forming a circle of 12 for the first layer, by stapling them side to side. You can also use melted wax or glue to connect the cups. Using a stapler is easier but the staples will eventually rust. Do the same for the second row, this time using 9 plastic cups. Stack the circle of nine plastic cups on top of the first one and staple them together. Make a third row, this time with 4 plastic cups, place it on the top of the second row, and staple it down as well.

Now, here comes the fun part! Insert the mini lights into the plastic cups through the holes you made earlier. Make sure to leave the plug hanging out. Get some wire or ribbon and staple or attach it to a cup. You can now hang your homemade holiday plastic cup decoration. Turn on the mini lights and enjoy the sight!

Who says plastic cups are bad for the environment? At the end of the day, it all depends on how you use it. With your creativity and imagination, plastic cups can certainly go a long way.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Project Plastic Cup: Butterfly Feeder


Butterflies are one of the world’s most beautiful and most captivating winged creatures. They come in different hues and their metamorphosis from cocoon to caterpillar to full-fledged butterfly is a fascinating example of evolution and the “magic” of nature.

Imagine a simple art activity that will help feed these beautiful winged creatures, and imagine another that will also teach your kids about the value of reusing household supplies. Presenting project plastic cup, butterfly feeder!
This fun and certified eco-friendly plastic cup craft is so simple the young ones can do this on their own but with some adult guidance to make sure no one gets hurt. For this plastic cup project, you will need used plastic cups (of course!) whether generic or custom made, art supplies, scissors, glue, string or ribbon, water, sugar and some cotton balls.

First, use your art supplies to cut out some petals. You can be as creative as you want. Just remember that this might get wet later on so make sure the paper is thick enough to hold up.

Next, punch a small hole at the bottom of the used plastic cup. You might also want to consider designing your plastic cup if it’s the generic type. You can also use custom made plastic cups for variety. After you’ve made a hole, apply glue all over the bottom of the plastic cup. Attach your paper petals and paste one to two cotton balls into the hole.

Punch two more holes on either side of the top of the plastic cup. Cut some string and tie through the holes.

Mix some sugar into a glass of water. Pour the sugar solution into the plastic cup. Fill the cup about a quarter full. Let the cotton balls drip. Hang it on your backyard and wait for the butterflies to come and have a drink.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Project Plastic Cup: Cup and Ball Game


It is play time once again! Your kids are not lacking in toys to play with but you want to use this opportunity to teach them something, not just mindless play. You look over to your kitchen counter and you see a stack of used plastic cups. You initially planned on throwing them but somehow, you sense that you can do more with them. What do you do?

Here’s what we think. Use your plastic cups to create a game of cup and ball! It’s easy, it’s fun and best of all, creating meaningful play time with your kids. It teaches them the value of reusing and recycling plus it’s a great way to train their reflex and develop their artistic skills.

For this plastic cup project, you will need used plastic cups, whether generic or custom made, scissors, a ball of string, ping pong balls or balled up aluminum foil, markers, crayons and other art materials.

First, decorate the plastic cups with your chosen art supplies. Draw animals, sprinkle some glitter, paste on some colourful stickers—whatever it is you and your kids feel like doing, go for it!

Next, use a sharp object (Kids, careful!) to pierce a hole at the bottom of the plastic cup. Cut the string at about 50 cm. Tie a knot on one end of your string and thread it through the cup. Pierce a hole on your ping pong ball (Make sure it’s not going to be used anymore!) and tie another knot at the other end of the string. Gently push it through the ball.

Game time! Simply hold the decorated plastic cup and have your kids take turns in trying to shoot the ball into the plastic cup. Prepare some simple prizes to up the excitement factor among your kids.

When it comes to being eco-friendly, the only limit is your creativity, resourcefulness and willingness to make a difference even in small ways. Even when you have to use plastic cups, you don’t need to feel guilty at all because companies like CupDepot.com provide eco-friendly and durable plastic cups, which you can also use as innovative play things for your children. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Project Plastic Cup: Plastic Cup Games


Here’s your situation. You have bored kids who want something fun and different. And you also have piles of used plastic cups ready to be thrown into the trash bin. Well, here’s our solution for you. Set up plastic cup games for your kids! It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s educational and it’s environment-friendly! You can also use the opportunity to teach your little ones about the value of recycling used plastic cups, aside from the priceless bonding moments.

So, what games can you play using used plastic cups in your kitchen? Here are some kiddie friendly ideas.

1. Water relay. This one is best done outdoors because it’s bound to get messy. Divide your kids into two teams. Place one empty bucket and one water filled bucket for each team. Place the two buckets several inches from one another. The goal is to fill the empty bucket with the water from the other bucket, using only one (or two, depending on your rules) plastic cup. The team which fills the empty bucket fastest wins.

2. Cup stacking. Cup stacking is fast turning from a hobby into a competitive sport. As the name implies, this game involves stacking and unstacking plastic cups in predetermined sequences. For your version of this game, utilize your used plastic cups and make the sequences a lot less complicated if necessary.

3. Art competition. What do you get when you give your kids clear used plastic cups and art materials? An instant art competition! Pick a theme your impromptu art class and give your kids a time limit to make the game a bit more interesting. Allot a space in your home where you’ll display your children’s plastic cup artworks.


These days, there’s no need to feel guilty when using plastic cups. There are Eco-friendly plastic cup brands such as Karat and Karat Earth and you can find them online at CupDepot.com.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Project plastic cup: Pop-up animal puppet


When you have piles of used clear plastic cups that have nowhere to go but the trash bin, what do you do? Here’s what we suggest. Bring out your art supplies, call your kids and make pop-up animal puppets!

Making pop-up animal puppets is a fun, easy and eco-friendly way to deal with used plastic cups. It’s also a great bonding opportunity with kids, and a fun way to teach them about art and recycling.

For this plastic cup project, you’ll need used plastic cups, art supplies, scissors, a small wooden dowel or a craft stick and some tissue paper. Adult supervision is extremely important so make sure you’re around when your kids do this.

1. First, poke a hole through the bottom of the plastic cup. Make sure the hole is big enough for the dowel or the stick to go through it. Poke the dowel or the stick through it. It should be a good way above the top of the cup.

2. Take a strip of tissue paper and tape one edge around the top of the cup and tape the other edge around the top of the dowel. Afterwards, drape a large piece over the top. You now have your puppet’s body.

3. You can now move on to adding the other parts of your puppet. Choose an animal that you like and draw and cut out a head. You can also add feet to your puppet by attaching it onto the base of the plastic cup. Let your creativity loose! Just make sure that when you move the dowel up and down, your animal puppet will pop up.

When it comes to recycling your plastic cups, the only limitation is your resourcefulness and your imagination. Plastic cups can be Eco-friendly, too. Log on to CupDepot.com and see for yourself.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Project Plastic Cup: Snake!


All over the world, people are talking about global warming—What caused it? What are its manifestations? What can we do to mitigate its effects? Scientists, politicians and entrepreneurs everywhere have been putting in a lot of time and effort to develop plans to help save our Earth, but until there is a solution, there is one thing we all can do to help: recycle plastic cups. Plastic cups are widely used in homes everywhere and unfortunately contribute to a large portion of waste. Luckily, for those that want to help save our planet, there are a countless number of ways people can reuse plastic cup to help reduce waste. For today, why not make a toy snake?

Toys are fun but making your own toys is twice as fun. Toy making activities foster creativity and help teach kids how to follow directions—definitely a worthwhile activity.

For this plastic cup project, you’ll need at least 3-5 colorful plastic cups (Generic plastic cups are also acceptable. You can always use markers to spruce up the cups later.), used paper, something sharp that can poke through a plastic cup, used leg pantyhose, markers and scissors. The more plastic cups you have, the longer the toy snake can be, so gather up as much as you can.

First, with the help of an adult, poke holes in the middle of your plastic cups. Thread the cups with the leg pantyhose. Next, ball up some used paper then place each ball inside each cup so the cups are all evenly spaced. Now use your marker to draw eyes on the first plastic cup in the line-up so that it looks like the head of the snake. If you don’t have a marker, you can also use colorful construction paper for the snake’s head and tail. After the snake is put together, use watercolor paint, colored pencils and other art supplies to make your toy snake look exactly how you want.

Voila! You’ve got your own toy snake made from used plastic cups. Who says plastic cups are bad for the environment? With a dash of creativity and resourcefulness, plastic cups can truly be eco-friendly.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Project plastic cup: Art cups



Playtime is a non-negotiable part of every kid’s young life. It is during this time that they learn concepts, develop skills and begin to understand how things work. This is also the perfect time for adults to subconsciously instill the value of recycling in a child’s mind. Unfortunately, people oftentimes don’t think about the environment and throw disposable clear plastic cups in trash bins everywhere even though they harm the earth. So next time you have an excess of used plastic cups, don’t just head to the trash bin, instead bring out your art materials and announce an impromptu art session with your kid. It’s Project Plastic Cup time!

This playtime activity is simple and fun. Collect at least six empty clear plastic cups and fill three with half a cup of water. Proceed to add paint of the colors you or your child like to the other empty cups. Start with the basic colors and if you have more cups, create color combinations. The color possibilities are endless. Now use the remaining cups as canvasses and paint away! You can create something as basic as a Halloween pumpkin cup. To do this, just paint a cup orange and use black to add other parts of the pumpkin anatomy. You can also help your kid imitate his or her favorite cartoon character. Remember that the plastic cup is just the base, so feel free to gather other used items at home and use them to enhance your plastic cup masterpiece. Strings, strips of cloth, ribbons, buttons—the ideas are limitless!

Remember that these days plastic cups no longer have to be harmful to the environment. With online plastic cup manufacturers like CupDepot.com, you can now enjoy the convenience, durability and affordability of Eco-friendly plastic cups minus the Eco-guilt.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Plastic Cups and Parties – Why They Are the Perfect Match


Plastic cups are disposable and very easy to use. They are convenient, safe, and very portable, which is why people prefer to purchase plastic cups for special occasions. The food and beverage industry, on the other hand, prefers plastic cups for entirely different reasons. Wholesalers of plastic cups make sure that the quality of plastic cups they manufacture are top-of-the-line and made only with the best equipment there is.

Plastic cups are made from sturdy yet flexible polymer material. Plastic cups are generally used as drink containers and are most often used when glassware can’t be. They have thermal abilities which allow them to retain the heat or cold of the liquid it carries. While they are durable enough, most plastic cups are disposable and thus should be used only once. Since they are plastic cups, they cannot be used for microwaving because they will melt, as they are unable to tolerate the heat.

What’s good about plastic cups though, is that they are very practical for outdoor events. For occasions where glassware is impractical, plastic cups provide the perfect container. Concerts and other special events also use plastic cups because using glassware is simply not a sensible option. They prevent potentially dangerous situations when they are dropped and are safer to use because attendees need not worry about sharp glass loitering the ground.

Plastic cups can be customized and companies use plastic cups to advertise their brand logo or company name. Additionally, different styles and colors are also available, such as those in cartoon motifs. The most common designs of plastic cups are those geared towards alcoholic beverages. They are usually shaped like cups that can hold alcoholic drinks.

Finally, users need not worry about the environmental aspect of plastic cups. Manufacturers are already producing eco-friendly plastic cups to help save the environment. They are recyclable and made from renewable resources, just like paper cups.

Because of their inexpensive price, plastic cups are preferred more by the food and beverage industry. They are ideal for to-go businesses while also serving as a perfect container for hot and cold drinks. Individuals, on the other hand, use plastic cups more often than glassware because of their practicality and disposability.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Project plastic cup: Color combinations


You’re about to send your plastic cup to the trash bin, but just when you are about to throw it away, you see your child watching some uninspired cartoon show on TV. Parenting alert! You just stumbled upon a learning opportunity with your child. And you’ve got just the perfect tool for it - plastic cups!

Plastic cups are primarily for food and beverage handling, but we all know how immensely useful they are for storage and yes, even for fun, learning moments. This time, use your plastic cup to teach your young one about color combinations!

All you need for this simple activity are clear plastic cups (preferably used), a stick, a long piece of wood or anything that can be used to stir, water and some food coloring. Because this project involves water, have towels ready as this activity is bound to be fun but messy!

Use basic colors and mix food coloring and create new colors. For example, in one plastic cup, add a combination of blue and red and you have violet! In another plastic cup, combine yellow and blue to make green. You can even make pink by adding water to a red solution. The color possibilities are endless and you, as a parent or a guardian, can be the teacher who will explain why and how.

Family bonding moments like this are priceless so make sure that when you do this activity, you have reliable plastic cups as learning tools. Check out online plastic cup manufacturer CupDepot.com for clear plastic cups in various shapes. You can also have them designed according to your preference. Or better yet, get a generic plastic cup and decorate it with your little one. With a little dash of creativity, your plastic cup can surely go a long way.