How to Make an Origami Cup

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This is an origami paper cup. The purpose of this cup was on those hot summer days in September when you just start school. The teachers have no plumbing in our portables, so they have arrowhead water dispensers. They have a spot for cups, but what do you know, NO CUPS!!! I asked my teacher several times to replace the cups. He said he would but always forgot about it. My friend and I, decided to take action. We made various models, but this one I'm posting is the best in; water capacity, paper usage and looks. It even has a cup holder! YES THIS CUP ACTUALLY WORKS!!! Have fun and please don't copy my instructable or take credit for coming up with it (except focus finder) :~) I give 50% of the credit to KnexGunFan.

P.S. I am aware of this paper cup,

but I have been making these cups for three years! Please don't say i copied them =~) And he gave me permission to post this one.

P.P.S. Mine is a little different.

P.P.P.S. It's a blast to shoot at them with airsoft, paintball, knex or real guns.
If i make any spelling mistakes or leave anything uncler, please tell me. Thank you and don't forget to rate!

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Step 1: Getting Your Materials

For this cup you will need:

1* sheet of paper (preferably printer paper)
A piece of tape (for the cup holder)
A flat surface
two hands (preferably paper cut proof lol!)

*You can use a double lay or two sheets of paper for extra strength.

Step 2: Shaping the Paper

These first few steps will show how to shape up the paper.

Photo 1: Find your flat surface.
Photo 2: Lay your paper flat.
Photo 3: Fold the paper as shown and be neat!
Photo 4: Crease and unfold.
Photo 5-6: Flip the paper around and rip off or cut the end strip off.
Photo 7: Fold back
Photo 8: Fold across as shown (some later adjustment may be needed.)
Photo 9: Fold the other side like photo 7.
Photo 10: Fold the flaps down.

Step 3: The Holder

This is how you build the holder. I hope you saved that little strip!

Photo 1: This is the strip.
Photo 2: Wrap the strip around the cup.
Photo 3: Now tighten as needed, you want a tight fit.
Photo 4: Put on the tape.
Photo 5: Finished holder. Try to keep it and reuse it.

Step 4: Usage of Your Mintyhippo Paper Cup.

Put the cup in the holder after you fill it with a liquid to prevent getting the holder wet.

When filling, use a gentle steady stream to fill to avoid a rip in the cup.

You cup won't last forever, only use 3-4 times for a liquid and then make a new one.

Don't use milk, juice, tea or coffee in your cup, it will destroy the cup and will eliminate long term usage.

You can also use your cup for solids like crackers and nuts.

Have fun!

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    19 Discussions


    3 years ago

    why so many tags? and, theres no Knex in this, so... you should probably remove that tag, that, and the alphabet and numbers.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    XD I just read the it's not your turn in the one pic oh my goodness that's so funny cant stop laughing ( on the inside lol )


    8 years ago on Step 3

    Hey Iknow a better way!Do the same step`s but when yourn done,cut a little strip that fit`s under it. Put tape on it you`ll be sure for so it dose`nt leak!(I Used Construction Paper)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    some of you guys should try mine its called papercup water bomb its by no bear


    10 years ago on Step 3

    You don't need a piece of tape for the last step. Here's how I did it: - Take your long strip of paper and place it down so it's landscape in front of you. - take the bottom edge and fold it roughly into the middle - take the top edge and fold it so that it's roughly near the bottom - Take the left edge, and fold one corner up, so you made a triangle out of that edge - Pick the page up, and curl the edges together - feed the triangled edge into the opening on the other side You could also pinch a fold or two in your ring, to help it not unfurl so much. It's not as good as tape for resisting weight and water, but it works.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    no offense, but you asked 2 know if anything is spelled wrong and you spelled UNCLEAR wrong. just thought you'd like 2 know!!! P.S. Rating from 1-10: 15!!! ;)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    hat is pretty cool. Because i hate drinking out of the fountain at school and it would really help.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I make these for holding the candies from the dispensers that give you lots of little hard candies but no cup. It works really well, and you can make it out of a handy napkin.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great job MintyHippo guy, I shall fill it up with egg yolk, and throw it at somebody's house. Just kidding, nice job. :P


    11 years ago on Introduction

    ya i know i hate when we run out of cups. First comment.