Decorate your own party cups!

About 18 months ago, I was planning my son’s insect-themed 2nd birthday party. I had the insect-themed cake, the insect-themed party favours, and enough plastic insects to decorate the amazon rain forest (would now be a good time to mention that I hate insects? Oh, the things we do for our kids!).

The night before the party, just as everything was set up and it was (beyond) time for bed, I had a creative brainwave. I had some standard white plastic cups in the cupboard, and I decided to try and ‘insectify’ them. I found some stickers and a permanent marker, and off I went. It only took me about 15 minutes…and I was pleasantly pleased by the results of such a simple craft.

The next morning, all the insect cups got filled with popcorn (a healthy party snack), and they were a hit!

The best part is that I am still using the same cups today – my now 3 year old chooses one every morning to put a ‘car snack’ in for the journey to school!

Here’s what you need:

  • Plastic cups
  • Stickers
  • A permanent marker



I will show you what I did for the insect cups, but you could literally make them any theme you want – animals, princesses, bat symbols – the possibilities are endless!

Decide what you’re going to draw! Choose an appropriate sticker and place it on the cup. I recommend practicing a drawing or two on a piece of scrap paper first.

Keep going! Once I started, I found it hard to stop! The cups are so cute and I felt like a bona fide artist (which I can assure you I am not). But it’s kind of addictive.

Once you’re done, the cups are ready to be filled…again and again. Now obviously you can’t actually wash these cups, but if you fill them with non-messy food e.g. popcorn, raisins, cut grapes, Otees etc., all they need is a quick wipe inside and they’re good to go.

Have fun!

Contributed by Zoe Sevitz of Clamber Club Babies Wendywood

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