Melted Plastic Cup Ornaments

Over the holidays, while visiting with friends, we had such fun making these plastic cup ornaments. They are truly fun for all ages – the moms had just as much fun as the 1st grader, tweens and 13 year old! The beauty of this craft is that you can be as creative as you’d like or keep them simple. And they only take a few supplies and not a lot of time! Plus the “magic” of watching them melt is sure to get lots of “oohs” and “aahs” from everyone.


  • Variety of Sharpie markers
  • 9 oz. disposable plastic cups
  • Hole punch
  • Thread, ribbon or twine
  • Scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  1. Preheat oven to 325° – 350°, depending on your oven.
  2. Design and color your cups as little or as much as you’d like. Be sure to color the bottom of the cup as well, as this will end up being the center of the ornament once it’s melted.
  3. Place all of your designed cups on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Keep an eye on the cups as they will melt very quickly – around 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven once the cups have flattened. You may need to flatten them a bit more in spots with a spatula while they’re still warm.
  6. Once cooled, punch a hole in the flattened disc at the top.
  7. String your desired thread, ribbon or twine through the hole and tie a knot at the top.
  8. They are now ready to hang!

Don’t save these just for Christmas! They would make great Valentine crafts, too. Perfect project for your next snow day! Happy crafting!

~ Lindsay


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