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Melting Cup Craft for Teens

Finished cups.
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Are you looking for something fun to do?  Maybe you need a gift for someone (hint: Mother’s Day isn’t far off…) or just want to break up the sameness of every day.  Try this fun (and easy) craft!  It’s pretty easy and can be done with things that are either already at your house or easily purchased from a grocery store.  It’s also not a terrible way to spend time with some younger siblings (hint: moms and mom-type figures are usually pretty ok with homemade gifts…) if you end up with babysitting duties.


Here’s what you need:       These are the materials that you will need.

  • Plastic cups
  • Permanent markers
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking pan
  • Oven

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350⁰.  Using the markers, decorate the cups.  Some cups have ridges, and these provide pretty good points of reference for artwork.  But get creative—draw flowers, use a variety of colors, etc.!  You could even throw some fandom artwork.  I’m a proud Whovian, so I had to have a Doctor Who themed cup!  Just remember that the cups are going to melt down, so things won’t look exactly the same.  They’ll be a little more stretched out.

Step one.

Step 2:

Line the baking pan with parchment paper and put the cups on it.  Place them in the oven and WATCH THEM CLOSELY.  These cups were done in slightly less than a minute.  Turn on your oven light so you can see them melt.  It’s a pretty cool process, and once they stop melting, they’re done.  Pull them out.

The cups in the oven for a couple of seconds.

The cups in the oven for a couple of seconds.

The cups after 20 seconds.

The cups after 20 seconds.

The cups after 45 seconds.

The cups after 45 seconds

Step 3:

While you’ll need to protect your hands when you pull the pan out of the oven, the cups will be cool enough to handle after about a minute.  They should pull right off the parchment paper, too.  Now that they’re done, you can do what you like with them!  I hot-glued some yarn to the back of my cups and hung them in the window to be suncatchers.

Finished cups.

The symbol in the middle of the melted cup on the left is Gallifreyan for “I love you.”

Happy crafting!  And don’t forget to turn off the oven 


Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”