Introduction: Cupid Cups - Frugal Gifts for Valentines Day

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This is a relatively inexpensive gift to make and give that looks like an expensive store bought gift.

I picked up the Champagne Flutes at the 99 cent store and got two for .99.

At Wal-Mart The Chocolate Hearts were $1 a bag, The Suckers were 1.00 for 5 and came with a gift tag and bow already on them and the M&Ms were $2.50 for the big bag.

I had to vary the amounts of chocolate hearts and suckers depending on who I was giving them to and was able to create 10 gifts for about $12.00.

The ribbons and shrink wrap bags and equipment were things I already had around the house.

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Step 1: You Will Need

Plastic Champagne Glasses
1 bag of M&Ms Valentines Colors
1 bag of Chocolate Hearts
Heart Shaped Suckers

Additional Items You may want to use:
Some ribbon, stickers or any other item you may want to decorate your cups
Gift Tags (Optional)
Cling Wrap, clear or colored

Step 2: Additional Equipment You Can Use But Is Not Necessary to Do This Project:

Heat Sealer
Heat Gun or Hand Held Hairdryer
Shrink Wrap Bags

*Note: you can purchase shrink wrap bags that work with a hair dryer and not need a Heat Sealer or Gun.

Step 3: Fill

Fill cups with M&Ms

Step 4: Add Hearts

Set a few Candy Hearts on top.

Step 5: Cover

Cover Cup with desired wrap.

*Go to Step 8 for shrink wrapping.

Step 6: The Finishing Touch

Poke a hole in Cling wrap and push suckers through.

Add a gift tag, ribbons, bows, etc.

Step 7: Finished Product

Wah Lah!

Your gift is finished and ready to go for a fraction of what you would pay to buy a similar item already made from any store. About $1.20 each.

Step 8: Shrink Wrapping

Prepare your bag to fit over your gift.

My Bags were 6 X 6 inches, I folded over one side at the 41/4 inch mark.and creased the bag.

Step 9: Seal the Side

Lay your bag across the sealer and seal on the fold. Move the bag over slightly and seal again next to the first seal so your bag wont break open when shrinking.

Step 10: Notch the Bag

Fold the bag in half and cut a notch in the top large enough to allow the suckers to pass through.

Step 11: Align the Bag

Place the bag over your cup and align the seam so it isn't running down the center of your cup.

Step 12: Shrink the Wrap

Insert suckers through the hole.

Use a Heat Gun or blow dryer to shrink the wrap to fit your cup. Because you are working with Chocolate this is a delicate operation. Make short, swift passes pausing between each one to keep your cup from becoming hot and melting your Chocolate, rotate the cup from the bottom as you work.

Add your final decorations.

Step 13: Your Finished Project

Here is another variation of your project with curled ribbons.

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