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Recycled Coffee Cup Rose

Save your leftover cardboard coffee cups and create pretty paper flowers! A Recycled Coffee Cup Rose from Heidi Borchers is a pretty, eco-friendly alternative to the real thing. Make a bouquet and give it to someone you love.

Recycled Coffee Cup Rose


  • 2 Cardboard coffee cups with corrugated cardboard sleeves
  • Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue (Use for lasting hold )
  • Glue gun (Use together with the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue for a quick hold)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Brush
  • Wooden skewer stick
  • Toothpick
  • Cardboard tag


  1. To begin to shape cup into a flower, press in at the sides.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  2. Continue to press cup down by pushing the sides in and the bottom of the cup down.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  3. When cup is completely squished down, it should look something like this.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  4. To help hold, use a toothpick to apply small amounts of glue the folds of the cup.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  5. To make the center of the rose, cut a 2″ x 3″ section of the rim of the cup.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  6. Place Tacky Glue at the bottom edge and roll with rim at the top of the flower.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  7. Add a small amount of the hot glue to the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue. Roll into tight bud for center of flower. The hot glue will hold it quickly, the Tacky Glue will hold it forever.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  8. Using both glues, glue this bud into the center of the flower. Let glue dry.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  9. For the stem, insert a wooden skewer to the back of the flower. Place a small amount of glue to hold skewer in place.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  10. Using several different shades of pink and red acrylic paints, brush several layers of paint until cardboard cup is covered completely.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  11. Paint the wooden skewer stem green. Cut the leaves as shown from the corrugated cardboard sleeve. Paint leaves green. Let paint dry.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose
  12. Glue leaves to the stem. To give as a gift, make a gift tag, and tie into place on the stem. Make tag large enough that you could attach a gift card to the back of tag.

    Recycled Coffee Cup Rose

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Super Cool Coffee Cup Rose.


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this is a awesome craft!!

Awesome. I admire the cleverness that someone has. I thought it was the neatest thing that I have seen recycled.


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