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How to repurpose coffee cups into a cute desk organizer

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I work in a coffee company and one thing that's freely available to me are coffee cups. Needless to say, I use them everyday. More than 5 a day. (Gah, I feel the heartburn) and I see them lying waste too. (Criminal! Such a waste of paper. ) 

Now I was determined to repurpose some of them (the clean ones of course) and make something out of the ordinary. Yes, I'm bored of the usual pen stand/seedling planter ideas. Read on...

Step 1: Materials Required

Very quickly to the materials.

- Coffee Cups. The thin paper/plastic variety. Styrofoam ones won't be easy to stick together but you can use them if that works for you. 
- Stapler or Glue
- A little patience

And we're done!

Step 2: The pattern

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To join the cups, staple one side of each together. For a stronger bond, staple the rim of the two together and then move a little further down inside the cup and staple the base. This will look something like this. 

Step 3: Repeat format

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Keep on adding as many more cups as you want and voila! Your cute little desk organizer is ready! You can color the insides or cover them with interesting paper. 
 
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klaatu7773 years ago
all the others comments and congratulations! waw its cool for my workbench with some headfones in it with my cell!
tweedledoo (author)  klaatu7772 years ago
Thanks! :)
how did you get this idea?
tweedledoo (author)  dylankunaikennedy2 years ago
I used to drink water in these cups at work and feel guilty throwing them away, so I started collecting them. I started fiddling with them and came up with this.
AMAZING!! I can't wait to make one of these to put on my desk (which I finishd painting yesterday). I saw this same idea as a lamp on some tv show.
chaitanyak3 years ago
brilliant! will make this will confiscate used coffee cups from.. somewhere.
.. hmm could put a light at the back.. and use as a mood light
tweedledoo (author)  chaitanyak3 years ago
Yup! It was originally intended to be a lamp, but then I got lazy and just turned it into a desk organizer :D
velorna3 years ago
The pics I promised
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tweedledoo (author)  velorna3 years ago
Yay! Cute.
Thank you I want to add 2 smaller ones to each side.
flyingpuppy3 years ago
I also saw this done as a lamp shade!
velorna3 years ago
I saw your idea here and it was the perfect solution for a catch all shelf in my kitchen. I made mines with 3 oz. Clear cups..... I doubled them because they were thin. I will post a pic when I get to my computer.... This was a great idea, thanks.

tweedledoo (author)  velorna3 years ago
Thanks velorna! Glad it worked for you. Don't forget to post a picture. :)
I will also add maybe 2 more to the shelf to add fullness but I ran out of cups lol.
SwimmingRox3 years ago
I just love this!
angelabchua3 years ago
This is awesome, and it would look great spray painted in crazy colors! You could even put LED's in some of those and let them randomly blink!
That would be so amazing!!!!
splazem3 years ago
Very creative.
guffawer3 years ago
Its so simple and yet uber creative.... wish I thought of it... lol.... great Job buddy!! keep posting more of your creations... would love to see them.
tweedledoo (author) 3 years ago
Thanks guys!! I've also randomly fitted photos in some of them. Looks cool.
@luckylifetwo Yup! I've bought a reusable mug now. :)
Vynash3 years ago
Awesome!
Very cool idea, but dude, you need a reusable coffee mug. 5 a day is irresponsible.
vincent75203 years ago
NICE !!!…
scoochmaroo3 years ago
I love this! Great re-use project, and it's very cute.
bruc33ef3 years ago
Great idea to find a use for something so common!