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
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
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 =))
*You will need scissor, exacto knife, and ruler
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
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.
*You will need a hot glue gun and scissor
Step 7: Result
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.