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How to Make Easy Crafts With Plastic Communion Cups

Many churches use the little plastic cups every Sunday for Communion or in remembrance of the Lord's Supper. These cups are just tossed into the trash bin, and then eventually wind up in our landfills. There are crafts that can implement the use of the plastic cups and this will save on the cost of crafting supplies. Children love to make simple crafts; especially the ones where they can use their own artistic skills to design a one-of-a-kind craft to present to their parents, grandparents or friends.

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  1. Let each child cut one of the Communion cups down to about half its size with scissors. This will be the base of the daffodil flower and will hold the photo.

  2. Paint the cut cup and another whole cup with bright yellow acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely.

  3. Allow each child to cut petals out of the whole cup by making vertical cuts with scissors all the way to the bottom of the cup. Make these cuts evenly spaced until you have four to six petals. Bend the petals back to form the flower base.

  4. Trim the petals to have pointed ends like a flower.

  5. Glue the first cup in the centre of the one with the petals.

  6. Let the children trim small pictures of themselves until they fit the base of the first cup. Have them lightly glue it into the centre. Cut out leaves from the green construction paper, glue them onto the back of the flower and let it dry.

  7. Glue a small magnet to the back of the daffodil, let it dry and place it on the refrigerator.

  8. Make a Christmas noisemaker by painting the Communion cups with a white acrylic paint. Wait until it dries, and then paint green holly leaves and red berries to the outside of the cups. Set it aside until the artwork is dry.

  9. Trim the string so that it is 2 inches long. Place one end through the jingle bell and tie both ends into a knot.

  10. Glue the string into the base of the cup so that the bell hangs down and just reaches the rim of the plastic cup.

  11. Cut a plastic straw into a 2 inch length and hot glue it to the base of the cup to use as a handle to ring the bell.

  12. Warning

    Always use adult supervision if using a hot glue gun. They can get very hot and cause severe burns.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic Communion cups
  • Acrylic paints (yellow, white, red and green)
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Small photos
  • String
  • Small jingle bells
  • Hot glue gun or white glue
  • Magnets

About the Author

Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.

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