I am extremely lucky to have a lovely little cafe in walking distance to my home. My morning routine always involves stopping in there for my large, double shot, soy cappuccino on the way home from dropping Elliott at daycare and heading back home to work.
Paper cup garden
Paper cups are perfect for seedling starters. Even better, make them look all pretty and paint them. A perfect activity for the kids.
Make a trophy for Father’s Day
I remember seeing something similar to this on Mister Maker. You get two paper cups, stick the bottom together, paint it and decorate it to make it look like a trophy and present it to Dad as ‘The World’s Best Dad.’
You know how you buy those thin cardboard cupcake holders to bake cupcakes in? Well you can do the same with coffee cups. All you have to do is wash the coffee cup out and let it dry and perhaps cut it down a little to the size that you need – cupcake size or muffin size.
Paper cup fairy lights
I recently bought Elliott some paper lantern fairy lights for his bedroom as ambient lighting while he sleeps. You could do similar with paper cups. All you’d need to do is wash and dry them, cut them in the middle, paint them or cover them with some lovely fabric, poke a hole in the bottom and stick some LED battery operated lights in them and string them up wherever you like.
Forget those little plastic packets of tissues that end up getting all mangy in your handbag, use a coffee cup as a tissue holder on the go (after washing the cup of course).
When you compost you usually need a bit of dry matter too, like newspaper. Well why not shred up your old coffee cups and add them instead. Voila!
You can never have enough scoops in the house. A scoop for dog food, a scoop for dirt, a scoop for the sandpit….turn your old cups into scoops, the kids will love it!
Cute (or crazy) animals
If you’re the creative type, why not turn them into cute little animals like these!
Why not try and ditch the takeaway cups altogether? Biome Eco Stores have an amazing range of reusable coffee cups here.