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Cup Crafts

Print dotted lines onto the cup so that people can cut the cup into craft projects and give the cup a second life.

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Idea Title

Cup Crafts

Idea Summary

Add dotted lines to the exterior of the cup so that the cup can be brought home and made into a craft projects.

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Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

I worked as a camp leader over the summer and I was always thinking of craft projects that cost little to no money. One of the crafts that we did was cutting paper cups into flowers and coloring the inside. 

If companies printed designs onto cups that could be cut out, it gives the cup a second life. Imagine if there was a different design on the cup every single month. For paper cups, it could be an origami piece; while the designs on plastic cups can be cut out and made into a bookmark or wall decor.

This would give people a reason to save the cups and take it home. It works as a fun activity for families to do. Just simply wash the cup and cut along the dotted lines. This cool design could also attract more buyers and make the place more child friendly. 

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup
  • Cup Sleeve

How is your concept recoverable?

To-go cups generally end up in the trash. By turning the cups into craft projects, it gives the cups a second life. The craft project might end up in the trash further down the road but at least this extends its life. It could also substitute the materials that children would use for craft projects. This is a good way to educate children starting from a young age to reuse materials.

How have you incorporated additional sustainability attributes (beyond recoverability) into your solution?

The cups can be made using eco-friendly materials.

What regions do you plan to address with your solution (and how will you accomplish this)?

This solution can be used by all regions. Most people should know someone that is interested in doing craft projects and can save the cup for them.

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

My target market would be families and people interested in doing crafts. The level of difficulty of the craft can be designed to target different age groups. Parents can keep their kids busy with this craft and adults can use these crafts as house decorations. Imagine paper lanterns made out of cups and stain glass butterflies cut out of plastic cups.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

What are the biggest challenges you are facing today? What are existing gaps in your solution?

Right now, this is just an idea that I have. I would need more time to do further research but I would like to move forward with this idea.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Supply Chain
  • Product / Industrial Design and Prototyping
  • Branding / Marketing and Storytelling

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I am a Kinetic Imaging student at VCUarts and also a business minor. I have a background in fine arts and current do video, animation, and photo work.

In what city are you located?

VCU, Richmond

In what country are you located?


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

Being a Top Idea would help me get the attention companies. I would use the funding to create some prototypes and test market them. I can't do this by myself as I would need the support of many experts.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)


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