CHIHULY Inspired Sun Catcher Made From Recycled Plastic Drinking Cups


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. I use a regular cookie sheet lined with parchment to put the plastic on for melting/shrinking in the oven. The shrinking only takes 2-3 minutes, so stay close. Use sharp scissors to cut plastic cups into different shapes (or leave whole). BEFORE you melt/shrink it, punch a hole in the plastic (it will be too hard after). The more variation in the plastic cups (bumps, ridges, etc.) the more interesting the piece will be. You can bend a piece after it is melted as long as you do it very quickly while the plastic is still very warm, you can flattened it with a metal spatula, or leave it as is. Using the cups is far less predictable than flat plastic, it twists and curls in strange ways. Be open to surprises! Use fishing line to string and hang up but you can use cord or ribbon.

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  • Maggie
    on Dec 23, 2019

    OUTSTANDING!

  • Robbie White
    7 days ago

    I might try this but would like more details: type of cups, photos if the process, how to manipulate the cup shapes, etc.

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