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DIY :: Dressed Up Solo Cup

January 22nd, 2014

Birthday Solo Cup DIY Using Contact Paper | Camille Styles

I’ve been known to host the occasional blow-out at my place, and since I don’t have nearly enough glassware to accommodate 30+ guests (nor the time to make runs to the rental company!), I frequently opt to use single-use recyclable cups. Typically I love the clean look of regular clear plastic ware, but when I recently stumbled upon this contact paper photo technique, I thought it might be fun to dress up basic Solo Cups with black and white photos. Camille was kind enough to loan me some of her own childhood pictures for the test run, and I fell in love with the final product — perfect for honoring a birthday boy or girl at the next bash you host! Keep reading to see how it’s done…

Birthday Solo Cup DIY Using Contact Paper | Camille Styles

Birthday Solo Cup DIY Using Contact Paper | Camille Styles

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  1. Print out childhood photos using a laser printer on regular paper. If you don’t have a laser printer, Xerox copies of photos work as well. The higher the contrast of the photos, the better. Cut individually into squares as pictured.
  2. Peel back off of contact paper and place photos face-down onto the clear adhesive. Firmly rub back of photos to help transfer photos.
  3. Cut out photos .
  4. Fill a bowl with warm water, and drop the contact paper-covered photos in. Be sure that photos are fully submerged, and leave for ten minutes.
  5. Use fingers to gently rub paper off back of contact paper. The photo will have transferred onto the contact paper. Set photo contact paper down with the adhesive side up and allow to dry completely. As it dries, the tackiness of the contact paper will return.
  6. Adhere photos to Solo cups.

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17 Comments under :: DIY :: Dressed Up Solo Cup
  1. melissa says:

    This is brilliant. I love it.

  2. gloria says:

    I always try to use real glasses when hosting at my home but sometimes a plastic cup is a must. I know there is a whole song devoted to the “red solo cup” but I definitely prefer the clear plastic cup. Thanks for dressing up the solo cup!

  3. linda nguyen says:

    omg – this is amazing. and i literally use contact paper for everything, why i never thought of this i don’t know! xo!

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  7. Cristina says:

    Love the way this turned out Chanel! I’m into the clear cups :)

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  9. Miz Amz says:

    Does this come off when the cups are filled with ice & the cups get wet? That’s why I’ve always been against those paper “water bottle” wrappers people try to use at parties. They only work on room temp water bottles! This ideas of yours looks as if it would work with cups that are wet with condensation, though . . . How long do these last? All evening?? :-)

    • Chanel Dror says:

      Hi there! From my experience, these do not come off when cups are filled & cold. As long as all the paper is rubbed off (step 5), the contact paper should adhere to the plastic and stay put. Hope that helps & best of luck!

      • Miz Amz says:

        Yahoo!!! Cannot WAIT to try this!!! I have the perfect party coming up to make these! :-) Thank you so much for posting this & for your prompt response!

  10. catherine says:

    i have adhesive shelf and drawer liner. it is clear. is that different than contact paper\? when i put the picture on it and put in water the picture came off the adhesive

  11. erica says:

    can this work with harder plastic cups? or only the disposable ones?

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