Paper Cup Flower Basket

Recycle a paper cup into a lovely flower-shaped basket.
Paper Cup Flower Basket craft


  • Paper cup
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Beads or ribbon (optional)

Safety Tips

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Step 1 Paper Cup Flower Basket 1. Draw a line around your paper cup about an inch or more from the cup's lip. This line marks the length of the petals.
Step 2 Paper Cup Flower Basket 2. Mark the width of each petal along the paper cup's lip.
Step 3 Paper Cup Flower Basket 3. Cut a straight slit starting from each marked-out point along the paper cup's lip and ending at the line you made in Step 1.
Step 4 Paper Cup Flower Basket 4. The slits will divide the paper cup into sections or petals. Fold out each petal.
Step 5 Paper Cup Flower Basket 5. Round out the edges of each petal.
Step 6 Paper Cup Flower Basket Ask for an adult's help.6. Punch a pair of holes on opposite sides of the cup, right below the base of the petals.
Step 7 Paper Cup Flower Basket 7. Paint the paper cup with acrylic paint. You can go for one solid color or you can make your flower basket as colorful as you like. You can even paint on some little details - perhaps some dots or small flowers?
Step 8 Paper Cup Flower Basket Ask for an adult's help.8. Once the paint has dried, make a handle by securing the ends of a pipe cleaner around the pair of holes on the paper cup.
Paper Cup Flower Basket 9. You may accent the handle with a bow. If you feel like decorating your basket further, you may glue on some sequins or rhinestones, decorate it with stickers, or jazz it up as you please.

Use your cute basket to hold Easter goodies or to collect spring-time blooms. You can also make several of them to hold candies and party favors for your friends to take home.

More Ideas

Purple Flower Basket By varying the length and the number of petals, you can come up with a unique look for your flower basket.

You can also string a few plastic beads along the pipe cleaner before attaching the pipe cleaner handle onto the flower basket.