How to Paint Plastic Cups

Written by nick davis
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You have a party or other event coming up soon. You have all the supplies for the party including napkins, plates, silverware and plastic cups. All of the party supplies have a design imprinted on them except for the plastic cups. You don't have to leave the plastic cups plain. You can paint the plastic cups with a design or pattern to jazz them up. Plastic cups are easily painted with supplies you may already have.

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Things you need

  • Newspapers
  • Soft cloth
  • Warm water
  • Plastic cups
  • Painter's marker, various colors (Elmer's)
  • Latex gloves
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear varnish, bottle

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  1. 1

    Lay three to four sheets of newspaper on a flat surface---countertop, table, desk or other surface.

  2. 2

    Wet a soft cloth with warm water from a faucet. Wring out excess water.

  3. 3

    Wipe each plastic cup with the damp cloth.

  4. 4

    Set up the plastic cups on the newspaper-covered flat surface.

  5. 5

    Use a painter's marker (fine or medium point) to paint a design or pattern onto each plastic cup. Wear latex gloves to keep the paint off of your hands. Painter's markers dry quickly.

  6. 6

    Use a paintbrush to apply a layer of clear varnish on top of your design or pattern once the painted plastic cups are dry.

Tips and warnings

  • To speed up the painting process, use a medium-point painter's marker. For detail designs, use a fine-point painter's marker.

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