DIY Coaster From Red "Solo" Party Cup-Recycle "Jersey Girl Knows Best

4 Materials
5 Minutes

Did you know you can easily make a coaster out of a red “solo” type cup?! Me either, but you can and it’s super easy! You probably already have all the materials at home. Ready?! Let’s do this!

In a well ventilated area, preheat your oven or grill to 350 F. Get a red “solo” cup new or recycled (washed and dried). You can use any color “solo” cup, but make sure it’s the same thickness as one of the standard ones. Use a black sharpie to create some designs or make this a craft project for kids. My daughter created this design 😊 Just remember it shrinks so the design will become smaller. Get a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and place it and the cup on a baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet into the oven and watch the magic happen!🪄

The cup literally shrinks down and it becomes flat! It’s amazing to watch with your oven light on! It takes about 2 minutes and it’s done.

Once flat , remove it from the oven and let it cool completely. About another 2 minutes or so.

Once the coaster is fully cooled you can see that it’s pretty thick and naturally waterproof! It would be great for your porch, deck or outdoor patio.

And there you have it! A DIY coaster ready for your beverage anytime of the day! This is such a great way to recycle all those cups that get thrown out during a gathering or party! You can even send them home with your guests to create there own coaster or use them like a small favor basket with the instructions to make their own coaster! The possibilities are endless! Happy DYI’ing!

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  • Thea Thea on Jan 07, 2021

    What number plastic is it made of? Ie the number in the traingle?

  • Aprile Aprile on Jan 07, 2021

    This is really not a good idea; the toxic fumes created by the melting plastic can irritate your lungs and release fumes into the air.

  • Kathie Kathie on Jan 14, 2021

    Does it have to be solo cups?


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  • Lisarae Lisarae on Jan 24, 2021

    Love, love, it. Making them tonight

  • JkcMaine JkcMaine on Feb 01, 2021

    With all of us trying to not use Single-use plastics I would encourage everyone to use heavy duty paper for drinks from now on. Also the releasing these fumes into the atmosphere can’t be good.