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Plastic Cup Decor

by on Jan 27th, 2011

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Tissue cores, styro balls, empty boxes, egg cartons and plastic cup are just a few of the the many best friends of a preschool teacher. There are just so many things we can do with them! The art activities and fun games are limitless!

During the beginning of classes, our school nurse who also happened to be a high school friend of mine began asking me for some plastic cups and colored tissue paper/crepe paper. I gave her a few without asking why. I later on discovered that she turned these plain transparent cups into colorful pen holders! It was such a simple thought but turned out wonderfully! This week, we had our kids try doing it as well. Thank you Ivica Say for sharing this activity.

What you will need:

  • Clear plastic cup (The bigger the better)
  • Crepe Paper / Colored tissue paper
  • Glue and Water mixture (3/4 glue and 1/4 water)
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Before anything else, we had the kids choose 2 colors for their activity (You could always use more but we decided to stick with just 2 for now). We also asked them what shape they wanted. Afterward, we started cutting these shapes based on their requested colors.

Step 1: Have the kids “paint” their cups with the glue mixture

Step 2: Start sticking the shapes

Step 3: Apply another layer of glue and water mixture. Make sure to guide them on this one as most of them would tend to put to much and soak the crepe/tissue paper.

Step 4: Wait a few hours for it to dry, and soon it’ll be ready to use!

(left) I tried my own using a variety of colors and shapes too!

Teachers could also use this idea to decorate the room and convert trash to beautiful masterpieces!


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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