WEEKEND CRAFTING ADVENTURES

Starbucks Reusable Cups: A Cricut Make-And-Take Crafting Project For Everyone

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For today’s Weekend Crafting Adventures, Kim Wojtalewicz has a perfect Cricut make-and-take crafting project you could do with your loved ones! Kim shares how she spends time with her nieces making their Starbucks reusable cups. She also integrated the idea of one of her previous projects on putting the QR Code. With the help of her sister-in-law, they made things work no matter what little bumps they’ve come across on the road. Tune in to this episode to learn how to make your Starbucks reusable cups!

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Starbucks Reusable Cups: A Cricut Make-And-Take Crafting Project For Everyone

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This crafting project, I am calling my Starbucks reusable cups Make and Take Crafting Project. The inspiration behind this project is a couple of things. I have been thinking about how I can bring my Cricut to different places with different people and get crafting with them and inspire them to get crafty and creative. I started this over the summer when I was going to be away for one night with some friends who live in Denver.

I knew I wanted to bring my Cricut and get crafty with Margot, Doug and Whitney’s daughter. I was thinking of what project would be fun to do, which is short and quick but something that would be fun and enjoyable.

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Starbucks Reusable Cups: Whitney and Margot planning their cup designs.

 

I picked up my Cricut machine and brought it to Denver. We had a lot of fun sitting in the kitchen, Whitney, Margot, and I, creating some different fun designs to put on some Starbucks reusable cups.

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Starbucks Reusable Cups: Whitney’s Cup Design

 

 

It was only over the course of one day that we were working on this project. Luckily, Margot has a Cricut maker machine, so she could continue the project after I left, but we didn’t get to finish it. I didn’t get to see all of the final outcomes of her cups, and I didn’t get to experience the full crafting time with her and Whitney. We’re back to school, getting busy. Back of my mind, this is a great short crafting activity that could be lots of fun for a make-and-take. In the fall, my colleagues at work put on these cool make-and-take projects and professional development training for our preschool teachers. They put together all the different pieces needed for something the teachers can make together and take back to their individual classrooms to use with our preschool students.

This is where this idea for a Starbucks reusable cup make-and-take activity kept coming back into my mind as something that would be super fun, doable, attainable, and enjoyable for a lot of different ages. Fast forward to this winter break before the holidays, I’m going to be spending time in the mountains with my nieces, Lannea and Vanessa.

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We’ve got one preteen and one teen, and I thought this was the opportunity. This is the time to bring back that Starbucks reusable cup crafting Cricut project and work on it with my nieces. That is the inspiration behind this Cricut crafting project.

Besides the basics of a Cricut maker, some permanent vinyl, fun images, and crafting ideas and fonts that we wanted to put onto these cups, I needed some Starbucks reusable cups for materials. I am always looking for a deal. Throughout the summer and fall, Starbucks, especially the ones in the grocery stores, at least in Colorado, tend to put their end-of-season cups on sale. I kept an eye out. I did purchase both a set of hot reusable cups and cold reusable color-changing cups. Those sets usually come with 6 to 8 reusable cups, and they’re usually about $20.

I found them on clearance and kept my eye out. I was able to get the reusable hot cut set at the end of summer for $8. The reusable color-changing cold cups, I was able to get for $11 on sale end of the season. They are not the fall or winter colors that are now out in Starbucks stores, but the cups are great. The great thing about this activity is that you can dress up these Starbucks cups with anything you want, vinyl, color, or saying.

That is what I did with my nieces over the course of a couple of days when we were up in the mountains. Before I talk about the experience of this Cricut crafting project that I had with my nieces, I want to share with you a couple of things that helped out during this project. That was the Starbucks reusable cup templates. I had two because one was for the cold cups, and one was for the hot cups. They’re different sizes. Back before, I had done this initial try of a Cricut make-and-take up in Denver with Margot and Whitney. I found this free template for the Starbucks cold cups by Karley Hall for free. All you need to do is download it onto your computer and upload it into Cricut Design Space.

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Starbucks Reusable Cups: The cold cup template from Karley Hall

 

That is a great resource. It’s helpful when you are going to be planning what you want to put on your Starbucks reusable cups. The second one was the template for the hot cup. I scoured around the internet and was not able to find a free hot Starbucks cup template. I did go to Etsy and purchase that hot cup template for around $1. Once I downloaded those templates onto the Cricut Design Space, the fun began because I got to spend time with my nieces, talk to them, and look through all the different designs, options, images, and ideas. What was fun for me was spending time with each of them.

Vanessa’s in third grade. We spent a lot of time talking about what she wanted to put on her cup. Once she’s got one idea, they just grew.

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Starbucks Reusable Cups: Vanessa’s cold cup

 

Vanessa probably could have done a Starbucks cup every single day that we were up in the mountains because she was having so much fun just thinking about what she wanted to put on it, finding the different designs with me, and then making it happen with the Cricut, cutting out that vinyl and putting it on her cup. She decided for her cold cup that she was going to do a cheerleader theme.

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She is a cheerleader. She picked out the different images and what she wanted it to say. We cut out the vinyl, and she learned how to weed it and put it on the cup. For the rest of the week, she was drinking water out of her reusable cup. That was fun. For Vanessa’s hot cup, she decided to go with a Disney fairy theme. She chose the fairy Rosetta.

That was a little bit more of a complicated project because we had to figure out how to do not only the silhouette of the fairy but also a bit of an outline of a fairy to put on top of that so you could tell what it was.

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That was a little more challenging, but she persisted with that weeding of that fairy. She kept with it, which I was super impressed with because if you’ve weeded things, vinyl, different little complicated images, it can be frustrating if you’ve never done it before or you’re just not that into it. She stuck with it and did a great job.

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Starbucks Reusable Cups: Vanessa’s hot cup

 

We put those on her hot cup, and she’s headed back to California with that. My niece, Lannea, had a little bit more complicated idea for her cold cups. I was super excited to do this with her because she is a huge Taylor Swift fan. As you may have heard, Taylor Swift has dropped this new album. Now that is what my niece Lannea is totally into.

She decided that she wanted to create a Starbucks reusable cold cup with the theme of Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights. We did scour the internet and ended up on Etsy to buy one of those bundles.

She chose a cool bundle. It was more about the lyrics of the songs than anything else, which, if you’ve read any of my blogs before, you know that I’ve talked about how much music means not only to me but my family and how it’s something that brings us all together. This was pretty cool that what Lannea chose to put on her cold cup was all about music and Taylor Swift and how that makes her happy and excited.

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We figured out a cool thing to do with her cold cup. It reminds me of the koozie project I did where I was trying to figure out how to get those Spotify codes onto our drink koozies for backyard music and koozie nights.

 

 

While we decided that we were going to try and figure out how to get a QR code that took the phone when you put the camera up to the QR code would bring you right to Taylor Swift Radio.

Sure enough, with the help of my sister-in-law, we got Cricut to cut out a QR code and put it on her Starbucks reusable cup with all of her Taylor Swift song lyrics so that when she scans it with her phone or any of her friends, it automatically brings them to Taylor Swift Radio, which is pretty cool.

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Starbucks Reusable Cups: Lannea testing the QR code

 

That was so much fun. Lannea did an amazing job weeding out the designs.

 

 

When you’re weeding the lyrics and letters that can get frustrating as well, but she did a great job.

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Even a couple of times, when she was weeding, I would hear her say, “This is so satisfying.” That’s exactly how I feel when I’m weeding most of the time. It was fun to see her excitement and enjoyment in doing this project.

 

 

Lannea also decided that she wanted to do a hot cup as well. She chose a Winnie the Pooh theme for her hot cup.

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She found a sweet little image of Winnie the Pooh and decided to put some honey vinyl drips all the way around the top of the hot cup.

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It looked pretty cool. On the other side is a little bee with a saying that says, “Sweet as honey.” That cup came out super cute too.

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Overall, this Cricut crafting make-and-take project with these Starbucks reusable cups was a super success. We could have made all the cups in the packs if we had the time and the energy to do it. It was so enjoyable to spend that time with my nieces off of technology. Yes, we were using Cricut Design Space, but I got to know their personalities a little better and what they were interested in. Being that we live so far away and only get together a couple of times a year, it gave me that quality time with them in a creative crafty way.

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They have these cool reusable Starbucks cups that they’re taking back to California that they’re going to have and will remind them of the crafting time together with me and the family. Overall, this was successful. It was fun. Depending on how complicated the cup designs were, it was doable in a couple of day timeframe, and we had a fun time. Here are my crafting keepers for this project. If you or I are going to make another Starbucks reusable cup in the future, which I’m sure I will, those templates are invaluable. They give you the exact dimension of that cup that you’re going to be putting your design and image on. It simplifies the process. You know exactly how big to make your images, fonts, or whatever it is that you’re going to put on them.

Those templates are invaluable if you make another Starbucks reusable cup in the future. Share on X

Those templates are going to stay in my crafting corner. The other crafting keeper that I’m going to say for this project has inspired me to think about the concept of a Cricut make-and-take crafting activity. I feel like a lot of times, I am crafting by myself, which is super enjoyable, but it’s also fun to Cricut craft with other people, get inspired with them, see what they’re excited about, and what things they’re looking forward to making. A make-and-take is something I’m going to be keeping in my crafting corner, and thinking about another project in the future that would make a fun make-and-take.

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My satisCRAFTion rating for this project is a five. I can’t tell you how enjoyable it was to spend time with my nieces, creating and crafting with them. Even though there were a couple of little bumps in the road with getting the permanent vinyl onto the cups, the sizing, the QR code, and figuring out how to do that, this experience was awesome overall. I’m interested to know what would be a cool Cricut make-and-take project you would be interested in making. Let me know. Put it in the comments on my blog post, or email me at hello@WCAPodcast.com. I would love to hear from you. Until our next adventure, take care.

 

SatisCRAFTion Rating: 5

 

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