Sunday, May 31, 2015

Upcycled Plastic Cup Lid Flower

Today I made this delightful bloom:

From the lids of these plastic cups:

Want to DIY?  The only ingredients you will need are one plastic cup, four cup lids and scissors.  Here goes!

Trim three of the lids in graduated sizes, like so:

Flip the lids inside out.  They rumple beautifully!  When nested, they become the body of the flower.

For the flower center, cut a long rectangular slice from a plastic cup:

Then trim the rectangle to look like a weird, elongated fork, as in the picture below:

In the same way you would curl a ribbon, use scissors to curl each 'tine.'

Note: the longer the tines, the fuller the curls. 

Final step: poke the curled fork-thingy down through the nested lids.

Stick it in a bud vase with some silk leaves, and whee!  Isn't it nifty?!

Would you say it's a rose, or more of a peony?

I like the crystalline clear version, but check out this coppery variation...

To make that one, I just hit each petal with a little 'zzzzt' of metallic spray paint before assembling the fleur.  I only spritzed enough for partial paint coverage, so some of the light shines through the petals.

That's the tute - hope you liked it.  See ya!


  1. I love, and I love your vases too. How do you come up with these ideas? Starbucks owes you big time.

  2. Cute flowers, Michelle! Another great creative idea!!!

  3. These are lovely! And I love that they use recycled materials.

  4. Flower vase for the coffee drinkers soul!!

  5. Hi there Mich!
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlilght post this week!
    Saturday Spotlight
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. Plastic flowers have never been more beautiful Mich!

  7. This is super unique & amazing are such a smarty <3