Uses for Disposable Cups

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Uses for Disposable Cups
Disposable cups can be used in many children's craft projects. (party picnic and celebration disposable red plastic cups image by Steve Johnson from

Don't just use your disposable cup for drinking -- and don't just throw the cup away when you are finished with it. Disposable cups can be used for a variety of children's projects. In addition, disposable cups are valuable gardening tools, and they can even be used in the house to help keep your drain grease-free.

Create Animal Cups for Kids

Does your child have a favourite animal? With a few supplies, you can turn a disposable cup into your child's favourite animal. Visit your local craft store to purchase glue dots, construction paper, googly eyes and feathers. You can then attach these items to the disposable cup with your glue dots. Put on the eyes. Add feathers. Cut a mouth and nose from the construction paper. When you are finished, you'll have an animal creation for your child.

Wind Chime Time for a Child

Turn your disposable cup upside down and place a series of four small holes near the cup's lip. Place a variety of beads and straws on long strings. Thread the string through the holes on the cup (one string per hole). Allow the child to paint the cup in fun colours. When the paint dries, hang the wind chime cup outside.

Storage for Crayons

If you have a young artist on your hands, you may need extra storage room for art supplies and crayons. Allow your child to paint the disposable cup so that it will have a brighter appearance. When the paint dries, use the disposable cup as a storage container for your child's materials.

Uses for Disposable Cups
Loose crayons can find a new home in a colourful, disposable cup. (crayons image by CraterValley Photo from

Starting a Garden in Your Cups

If you wish to start a small garden, you can use your disposable cups as holders for your plants. Poke a few (two or three) holes in the bottom of the cups so that the cups have an area for drainage. Pack soil into the bottom of the cups. Insert the seeds (digging in with your finger) and then cover the seeds with soil. Place the cups in an area in which they will receive good sunlight. When your plant gets too big for the cup, you can then replant it to an outside spot.

Grease Collector

Disposable cups can also serve the practical function of collecting grease. If you are cooking in your kitchen, do not pour your hot grease down the drain (grease should never be poured down the drain). Instead, use one of your disposable cups. Pour the grease into a disposable cup so that the hot grease may cool. Then, once the grease has cooled, it may be safely discarded in the trash.

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