First post ever in instructables.

I have retrieved hundreds of discarded coffee cups and fashioned it into a life size tree. With this artwork, I wanted to communicate and raise awareness about the issue of non recyclable cups and encourage a sense of personal responsibility for the wasted cups that are destroying natural beauty and damaging the environment.

This might be a big piece, but whoever reads this and creates one themselves. We can all collaborate our piece and turn it into a forest and bring a bigger message=)

Step 1: Material

  • Hot Glue gun

  • scissor

  • exacto knife

  • ruler

  • Scrap material (wood, pipes, and anything strong)

Step 2: Plan Ahead

  • Draw sketches on how your tree will look like.

  • Draw an internal support for the tree.

  • determine how many cups you want to collect.

Step 3: Collecting Process

  • find a location that you know will have lots of thrown out coffee cups (in my case I distributed around my school.)

  • collect as much coffee cups as possible, before constructing


    * as a suggestion, advertise your concept to the public. Ask for their support to make a difference to achieve your project


    *Remember when collecting your cups, wear gloves

Step 4: Preparing the Material

    *You will need scissor, exacto knife, and ruler

  • with your collective cups, wash out the residue and let the cup dry before cutting it.

  • Prepare to cut the cups

    • Cut the bottom of the cup, and cut it open into a flat sheet.

  • Lay it flat and cut the top and bottom , so it looks like a rectangle

  • Step and repeat until all the cups are done. (Be patient on this, when it is all cut you will be really happy =))

    Untitled from Richard Chang on Vimeo.


Step 5: Internal Structural

  • Create a base with scrap materials to support the structure

  • Create an internal frame to support the trunk and branches. ( I used plastic pipes that i collected from the  junk yard for my internal frame.)

Step 6: Constructing Begins

    *You will need a hot glue gun and scissor

  • with the cut out coffee cups, attach a couple so you have a longer strip

  • the first ring you make is going to be the base.

  • From there on, start gluing more rings on top of each other until your satisfy with your trunk.

  • After the trunk is completed, start making branches around the pipes. By taking the cut cups make cones out of it and stack it until you get your desire branch..

  • make as much branches as there is pipes ( In my case there is four big pipes)

  • When your tree is fully constructed with a trunk and branches, don't stop there. Continue, start making twigs and leaves to make your tree more lively.

    Contructing from Richard Chang on Vimeo.


Step 7: Result

  • Your Done!

  • Use your tree and show it to public ( maybe the location where you collected the most coffee cups). Let them remember this was once a real tree.

You are Richard Chang?<br /> <br /> L<br />
You'd think that an established artist would be able to use grammar and spelling properly.<br />
you would think that a &quot;pro&quot; in instructables would know about the &quot;be nice&quot; comment policy.
do i know you ?<br />
Do you ever drink in <a href="http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;ct=res&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CAsQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thenookholmfirth.co.uk%2Fnook.htm&amp;rct=j&amp;q=the+nook+holmfirth&amp;ei=97nIS7ncMpah_Abkt8CDDg&amp;usg=AFQjCNGAD9aLG-sYA-C-iijyyttkobYbyA" rel="nofollow">The Nook</a>?<br /> <br /> L<br />
nope<br />
Let me entertain the possibility that you are Richard Chang - have you ever published any papers, and which educational-establishment do you /did you attend?<br /> (You've put nothing your profile)<br /> <br /> L<br />
LOL..i go to ryerson university, it sounds like you might no me. <br />
&nbsp;You posted videos authored by Richard Chang, Lemonie is most likely just making sure these ideas are authentically yours.<br /> <br /> Btw, this is fantastic<br />
oo....lol...yah i am Richard, and thanx<br />
&nbsp;That is a wonderful project. &nbsp;Reuse is a great thing, but raising the awareness also brings to mind there was a &quot;use&quot; step in the first place. &nbsp;Reduce is just as important as reuse. &nbsp;Thanks for the post! &nbsp;Outstanding example of artwork driving home the point.&nbsp;
thanx=)<br />
Wow... I think this is a wonderful way to raise awareness!&nbsp; Love that you want to put it where you found the most coffee cups.&nbsp; Talk about target audience...You could try at the source to (maybe people will think twice about not using a re-usable cup. &nbsp; I had thought I could find the most cups AT the coffee shop (boy was I wrong).&nbsp; I have to admit I miss tim bits&nbsp; :-)&nbsp;&nbsp; sigh!&nbsp;<br />
Gorgeous artistic work! <br /> I think that is a good project to fight also for the big prize in a parallel competition ;o) - this sculpture real influences on the human imagination!<br /> <br /> PS: Do you glued to the blue cup red on last layers?<br /> <br />
&nbsp;GO RICH GO!!!! Finally a better use for tim's sludge buckets. Awesome work dude =D
TIM&nbsp;HORTONS!!&nbsp;ALLRIGHT!<br /> <br /> <br /> GO Canada!
this is awesome, but like kelseymh said, you might want to polish it a bit.<br />
thanks<br />
You should make it a maple tree seeing as you, and Tim Horton's are Canadian!<br />
lol... my next tree=)<br />

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