How to Create Your Own Cheap Personalized Plastic Cups

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Things You'll Need

  • Soap and water
  • Scrub pad
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint pens

Personalized plastic cups make fun party favors. Instead of buying paper or plastic cups for your guests to throw away, invest in sturdier plastic cups and some basic art supplies. That way you can give guests decorated cups to take home. You can also turn the kids loose to make a set of cups for your camping trailer or weekend cabin. Dollar stores or craft stores should have everything you need to make these cups.

Wash the cups in soap and hot water. Rinse. Remove any price stickers by scrubbing with a plastic scrub pad. Let dry thoroughly before painting.

Sketch in your design with pencil on the cups. Keep the design simple and stick to one, two or three colors for an uncluttered look.


Shake the paint pen; then remove the cap. Draw in your design, tracing over your penciled line. Feel free to add freehand elements. Let your cups dry overnight before you use them.



  • Hand wash your cups to make the paint last longer.

    Choose lighter colored cups to decorate so your designs will show up better.

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Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.

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