Cupholder Gothic Cross




About: I am a DIYer that loves to build his own Halloween props and effects. Until recently I was more of a try someone elses method kind of guy. Now I am stepping it up a notch and working on some of my own how to's.

This simple instructable will show you how to take an ordinary fast food cup holder, some simple dollar store items, and turn it into a Gothic cross that may be used for Halloween decorating.

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Step 1: What You'll Need

1: Fast food cup holder (preferably one that didn't have any soda pop spilled on it)
2: Stone Accent spray paint or any other speckled spray paint
3: Dollar store gems, tiny mirrors, jewelry, and any other adornments you think may work well or suit your personal tastes.
4: Hot glue gun and glue sicks
5: Scissors

Step 2: Types of Cup Holders

I found that different restaurants use slightly different cup holders. This makes for a variety of results in the finished project. I prefer the ones from the local Burger King because they seem to hold up the best over several seasons of packing and unpacking. The ones from the local McDonalds have more character but aren't as strong.

Step 3: Cutting the Corners

For this portion of the build you simply cut the corners of the holders out with your scissors. Depending on the angle that you cut, you will achieve different width ends on the cross. I have included two extreme examples. One with very little cut out and one with a lot of material removed.

Step 4: In a Well Ventillated Area!

Now is the point where you paint the holders. I will leave this up to you. I prefer a stone look finish but I have done this with black and silver paint also. I recommend painting both sides. I am sorry that I have no picture of a plain painted cross but I tend to get carried away and forget to shoot all the necessary pictures. Allow to dry before handling.

Step 5: The Finishing Touches

Now take those gems, mirrors, and what-nots that you have lying around from other craft type projects and use your hot glue gun to attach them. I even managed to use an ugly orphaned ear ring.
Attach a hook or string to the back and decorate your home for Halloween.

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    9 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 2

    I think this is a clever idea. As a variation on the theme couldn't you turn this over and pour plaster of paris into the cross area? Seems like you could then make multiple crosses without scouring the countryside looking for the cupholders. Finished cross would also be stronger.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 2

    Not too bad of an idea other than the back side of these things are rather rough and unfinished. The resulting cast would need a lot of finishing work. Although I suppose once I have one cleaned up cast, I could mold that one and use it for multiple castings.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I did this as a "Make and Take" at a camping weekend. The people that participated loved it. The idea came to me as an accident. The cup holder was sitting in a small puddle and when I picked it up to throw away, the four bottoms fell away. What was left was very similar in shape to what you see here.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Lolz, an Otaku like me would notice this from "Rosario + Vampire" ~Anime Geek...Away!

    I love this cross!! You never would guess it was cardboard at all!! Great job & Fantastic imagination. I will never look at a drink holder the same. LOL!!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Very nicely done! You just used one of those "stone texture" spray cans for these, right?

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yuppers! I have found that a base coat of a complimentary color helps. I usually use black . Sometimes white if I use a sandstone type of finish.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    That's awesome! With the paint and everything, you can't exactly tell what it started out as. Wanna start the First Church of Fast Food?