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How To Turn Disposable Coffee Cups Into Artsy Containers (DIY Project of the Day: Upycling)

Hello! Today I'm back with another DIY project. You know how much I love upcycling, right? So, I decided to turn two old cardboard coffee cups in containers. These two cups were made from recycled material (like most of coffee cups). Still, I rarely pick up coffee in disposable cups for a number of reasons. One of them is that I've read that only 1 percent of disposable coffee cups ever gets recycled despite the fact they're made from recycled material because apparently the whole process of recycling them is complicated. So, disposable coffee cups are made from recycled material, but are not being recycled themselves and it seems to be this big environmental problem. Anyhow, if you're interested in recycling, this might be a  fun idea for you. 

 I think I only bought take away coffee a few times and every time I used the cup for something creative because it just feels wrong to throw it in the trash. We all know that plastic coffee cups are an environmental concern, but paper ones aren't good for the environment either. It is much better option to just bring your mug with you. Well, people rarely pick up coffee in these cups here because we drink coffee espresso and you kind of have to drink espresso in one sip but I read that in some places people use a lot of disposable coffee cups and that's a big environmental concerns for those countries. However, let's not stray away from topic too much.  Let's talk about what I did with  these two cups. 


Let me explain how I made these. Firstly, I decorated these two cups with a decoupage technique with the help of the same napkins I use for all my DIY projects. Secondly, I made little drawings and glued them onto the cups. Finally, I used some paint to finish them off. I think they turned out quite nice. I use one of them to keep some of my needles and thread (the ones I use most often) and I use the other one to keep some of my coloured pencils. I like how they look, so I would say this DIY project was a success. If I had more of them, I would make more containers like this, but it would really be besides the point if I bought them only to turn them into containers because the whole point behind this DIY is upcycling. 



Tell me, what do you think about this DIY?  Is it something you'd consider trying yourself? Do you like DIY projects? Do you like the concept of creative reuse (also known as upcycling)? I have some new DIY projects prepared, and I can't wait to share them all with you. Thank you for reading and have a fantastic weekend!







  1. Dear Ivana, you look very elegant in your styling of today and I like the mix of the colours! I neither use often disposal coffee cups as I have the same opinion like you that they are bad for the environment. Therefore, I like your DIY - hopefully a lot of people will copy your idea as it is really a pity that all these many coffee cups are going to the trash. Thanks for sharing!
    xx Rena

  2. Molto carina come idea Ivana, se io solo fossi capace di dipingere come te! Un'alternativa potrebbe essere di farli dipingere a mio figlio così me li tengo come ricordo!

  3. That's a wonderful idea, dearest Ivana, I love your artistic coffe-cups - and I hope very much you will join my linkup at ANL (and write into your post that you joined :-)) You know that upcycling projects are always welcome at ANL - and it's open now!
    Hugs my dear and happy weekend

  4. PS: Forgot to say that I like your outfit, too :-))

  5. Hai avuto davvero una bella idea Ivana!
    In fin dei conti quelle tazze si possono riutilizzare in molti modi e personalizzarle le rende senz'altro più piacevoli da usare! :)

  6. Wow this is such a lovely DIY.
    Easy and yet pretty. Definetly have to try it.

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  7. Such an easy DIY and a great way to reuse disposable coffee cups! I have my own cup I take to cafes but sometimes I forget and I'll usually try not get a drink that day so that I don't have to contribute to landfill!

    I really like your sequin dress you are wearing here too :)

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend! It will be a quieter one here as we are all a little under the weather unfortunately, winter bugs have hit!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. thank you, and I hope you feel better soon.

  8. Thanks a lot :D

    nice idea my friend :) amazing!!!

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  9. This is really a cool idea, dear Ivana!

    And you look amazing! Your legs are to die for! I love the look very much, especially the combination of the grey tights with the burgundy dress.

    xxxxx Nadine

  10. Ma che belle idee, bravissima!!

  11. Thanks for the useful tips.
    I love the styling in your look.

  12. You have an eye for detail and arts, Ivana and I love how you transform the cups!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  13. Love how environmental this tutorial! I'm so amazed by how your cups turned out dear. I also love recycling cups but I just immediately clean and reuse them as pen holders. I should try putting some decors on them like you did :D

    love lots,

  14. What a great idea though I do not order drinks from these cups, now I've got some creative ideas thanks to you. I think the concept of upcycling is really wonderful for the environment. We are here for a little while and I feel that it is great if we can all mind our waste! You look so cute holding your upcycled coffee cup. I hope you will share more of your creative DIY projects. You always inspire me :)

  15. You look beautiful, and I love the mountain view from your balcony! Great idea with cups - you are very creative, my friend! <3


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