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.