Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thrifty Thursday...Coffee Cup Wrapper Crafts

Hi everyone! It's Thursday and that means a project that is free or super cheap...

If you're a coffee or tea drink and buy it in a "to go", you might be familiar with the coffee cup wrap. It's a cardboard wrapper that protects your hand from the hot cup.

Last week, my daughter Kelsie had an all day dance conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It's a a little over 2 hours away and I didn't want her driving back late at night by herself, so I went with her for the day.

She danced and I blogged and drank coffee at Panera all morning long. I also did a little shopping, but Panera was my home in the afternoon too!!

Here is the cup wrapper I saved.

Here's the thrifty gift tag I made with it!

Just add ribbon and hang from any gift bag.

Open up any cardboard wrapper and use your favorite paper punch...

or cut any shape free hand.

I used a small punch for a hole for the ribbon.

I love the texture of this a waffle pattern.

 Here's another thrifty tip that you might do already.

Save tissue paper when it's given to you in gift bags.  When you need it for another gift and it's all can iron it smooth again. Irons out perfectly

I'm sure there's lots more we can do with these coffee cup wrappers...

  • place cards
  • book markers
  • small ornaments
  • paper chains for the Christmas tree
  • You can also use the whole cup wrapper as a Paper Pattern if you want to make one out of fabric!!

Hmmm...let's think of more.

Have a great Thursday and I hope it's thrifty!!

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  1. This is a great idea and I have all of the supplies! Thank you for the inspiration nudge!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  2. What a wonderful idea. I had a Starbucks just today and I didn't save my sleeve. Next time, I will remember and use your clever idea.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Carolynn xo

  3. Great tip! I did not know that about tissue paper, I just recycled it all wrinkly :)

  4. Do you ever throw anything away??!! You delight and amaze me with all the ideas running through your head. I imagine you never sleeping with all those ideas swimming around. haha Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. I want that little paper punch thingy you have! Very clever use of that sleeve. Were you able to get more than one tag using it?

  5. Neat idea. I don't drink much to go coffee but that didn't stop the creative ideas from coming. Cut out flowers for a 3D effect on a canvas, make a dress-up bracelet for your little girl, a coaster for coffee at home. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I love this idea, thanks for the tutorial!
    The gift tag you've done is just beautiful, thanks for the inspiration!
    I hope you do not mind I pinned your tutorial, it's something I'm going to do.
    Marisa from

  7. What a great idea - I love it!

  8. What a fun idea! Thanks so much for sharing this and all the other ideas you share.

  9. great ideas as usual! I just love your blogs :)

  10. What a cute idea - - - I need to make some little tags for some centerpieces inside of mason jars - - - these would make perfect little tags! Thank you!

  11. That is a cute idea if I drank coffee. I actually used one of these wrappers for the template to make coffee cozies. They turn out really nice. :)

  12. You've certainly been busy around the house! The photographs in the black frames look great and the photo-banner is a cute idea! Looks like my new studio-project is going to take longer than expected.

    Cccam Server

  13. Awww - is this EVER super cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. What a cute idea... and I'll be at Panera on Monday. Great timing. :)

  15. Great idea thanks for sharing...I love Panera, not a bad place to spend a afternoon :P


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