Recycled Coffee Cup May Day Basket

Recycled Coffee Cup May Day Basket

May Day is one of my favorite holidays! I love to treat neighbors to a little pop of fun on this holiday and keep the warm community spirit alive.

This year, I'm adding an eco-chic twist to my design by using recycled coffee cups as my vessel. It's clear from the mass of cups I've collected that we need to rein in our hot beverage consumption, but that's for another post.

recycled coffee cup may day basket

I had fun creating this cup sleeve pattern that you can decorate and glue to the outside of your cup.


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The beauty of this template is that you can adjust it to any size cup as I've found that 8 oz, 12 oz and 16 oz cups have similar diameters and different heights.

The cup sleeve template is designed to the 16 oz cup, which can simply be folded up into the cup base and glued or trimmed, whichever you prefer. 

recycled coffee cup may day basket

Here's what you need to make your recycled coffee cup May Day basket

  • Recycled paper or plastic coffee, tea, water or other
  • Cup template - this template may or may not be to size, but the main objective is to have two parallel arcs in a soft arc. To make it really easy, lay out your paper, and place your cup on one end of the paper, then roll it along the paper with a light pencil line and cut. Instructions below as well.
  • Paper - use 8.5"x11" sheets that you can decorate and then cut to shape as well as wrapping paper, wall paper, scrapbooking paper, etc.
  • Watercolor and brushes or whatever decorating tool you'd like to use: sharpies, colored pencils, glitter glue, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Hot glue or craft glue if unlike me, you have patience
  • Ribbons, tulle, or twine
  • Flowers and a bit of water to fill your basket
recycled coffee cup may day basket

Here's how to make your recycled coffee cup May Day basket

Depending on your design - all over or direction specific, eg: vertical flowers that should look upright on your basket - either decorate a full sheet of paper OR cut it to size and decorate that.

To cut your cup sleeve to size, simply place your cup on its side at one end of your paper then roll it along the paper using a light pencil to mark your line. Cut your top and bottom to a shape similar to the one you see in this tutorial.

When you're finished decorating your cup sleeve, roll it onto your cup and glue securely.

Hole punch two holes on either side of your cup.

Now, thread ribbon into the cup and tie with the knot inside, or outside if you prefer that look, and do the same on the other hole.

Fill with flowers and go spread some joy! 


recycled coffee cup may day basket


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