Picture of Recycled Personalized Cups

I'm gonna show you how to make a Personilised cup, with anything you want printed on it, for free, using recycled materials. Please vote, favourite & have fun!

Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

For this project were going to be basing this on a starbucks Seattle Latte cup. You can base it on any cup you want, but you will need 2 cups unless you use the seattle latte cup ( 1 cup for template, one for actual drinking).

You're also going to need:

Some clear stickyback plastic (just under a4 size),

A sheet of a4 plain paper

Some thicker a4 card (2 sheets of a4 plain will do)


Step 2: Drink up & cut!

Picture of Drink up & cut!

Its time! Drink up your amazing latte, and savour the taste...

Skip to step 5 if your using the Seattle Latte as your cup, otherwise read on...

You want to cut right down the side vertically of the cup. Then cut out the entire base, so it openes flat. You should get a nice map of the side of the cup.

Step 3: Scan!

Picture of Scan!

A rather simple step here, you want to scan the map of your cup.

Make sure the scaling options are set right, hopefully the map should be able to fit on a4.

Firstly in a vivid colour (like black) outline of the map. Then place the outlined side down into the scanner.

I know that instead of using a cup and cutting it up you can use maths and work out the area of top and bottom, but after many, many, many hours of thinking its much easiernto do it this way, otherwise you have to work out the curvatu of the top of the cup, which takes ages - this is much simpler

Below is the template that i made.

Step 4: Design/ personalise your cup

Picture of Design/ personalise your cup

Here comes the fun part - personalisation!!

Using photoshop or similar, make up a design for your cup. Do it however you want, dont worry about mking it to shape, just design it! You can use the premade instructables one I made, or edit it if you dont like parts of it.

Once you have done, flatten the layers, and make the background outside your design transparent.

rickyeatough (author) made it!1 year ago

Been drinking from it all day... Works amazingly! Cool gifts for friends? :D

Eldalote1 year ago

This is brilliant!! :)

Clever! I'm making one very soon :)

rickyeatough (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago

Great! I've been using it to drink from on my desk - And one of the best things is that if you spill it, not much comes out because of the lid, and it doesnt shatter! Don't forget to upload Images - I'm sure yours will be amazing :D

ecsaul231 year ago

great idea! Love the Instructables theme too. Voted

rickyeatough (author)  ecsaul231 year ago


I have loads of ideas for new projects on instructables, and having a laser cutter is definitely gonna enable me to build them!! :D

Nice! I agree with Penolopy.