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Kid Crafts: Easy Origami Cups

Updated on April 8, 2009

Doing crafts with your kids can be a lot of fun and good for their creativity as well. In this blog I will show you how to make an easy origami cup. You can do a lot of things with it (other then drinking out of it). They can be used to hold crayons, markers, stickers, toys - whatever your mind can come up with!

For fancier room décor, making them with felt and sewing them closed can create interesting room décor and a place to hold toys. You can make them any size you want!

I will be using regular 8x10 white paper today since that is what most people have laying around. You can use plain paper, construction paper - or the pretty scrapbook paper makes even prettier cups. If you want to drink out fo them use a thicker paper that is free of toxic paints and dyes.

NOTE: If you already have paper in the shape of a square, skip ahead to step 5.

STEP: 1

Gather the paper you want to use and a pair of scissors. Make sure to assist small children when cutting.

STEP: 2

Place the paper in front of you horizontally (long ways). Take the right hand corner of the page and fold it down so that you create an even triangle. (Refer to picture for better idea on how to fold).

STEP: 3

You should have a long retangle left over on the left hand of the paper. Fold it over to create a crease. Your paper should look slightly like a sail boat now.

STEP: 4

Now unfold everything, so that you have an 8x10 again. You will need to cut the long retangle off now. Looking at the picture, cut where the red dotted lines are.

STEP: 5

You now have a perfect square to make the cup! Fold the square back over creating a triangle.

STEP: 6-9

Now fold the left hand point over until it touches the other side of the triangle. Next do the same with the right hand corner.

The top point is two pieces of paper, one on the front and one on the back. Pull down the front piece and fold down. Now turn over the cup and do the same with the back top point.

You now have your cup!!

Now it's time for fun! Decorate your cups with crayons, markers, glitter, stickers - whatever your creative mind can come up with!

Quick How To on Video

Final Products

IDEAS FOR WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR CUPS

  • Use them as party favor bags at parties.
  • Hold crayons or markers.
  • Invitation envelops.
  • Serve icecream inside them for an easy clean up. (nontoxic paper)
  • Serve cookies or brownies. Makes a nice presentation at a bake sale.

TIPS

  • Pages for scrapbooking come in square shapes already. For a quick no cutting craft, use these instead! They come in a lot nice colors and styles and you can usually get a book of the paper pretty cheap. You can find these at your craft stores and stores like Walmart.

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      MasonsMom 9 years ago from U.S.A.

      So cute! I love the ideas you provided of what to do with them.

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      anominses 9 years ago

      that is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool!

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      chantelg4 9 years ago from Northern Ontario

      Great craft, thanks for sharing. I will try this with the kids. Also a great to use up leftover paper.

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      Carolyn Augustine 9 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      Nice hub, Miss Kitty! I liked your photos!

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      hi 8 years ago

      it is not too hard at all

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      Miss Kitty 8 years ago from Southern California

      Yeah it's pretty easy. I forgot to add that I learned how to do it when I was a kid watching Lamb Chop! heh :)

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      lamar 8 years ago

      this is to easy make way more challenging ones.

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      lamar 8 years ago

      this is to easy make way more challenging ones.

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      nice article

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      bahman_vip 7 years ago from earth

      great idea

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      ypadiya 7 years ago

      Great Idea to keep active children...........

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      louisa 6 years ago

      this is so awesome

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      kyle 5 years ago

      I made one and it was very had to make

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