DIY vases made from old cups

Copy this cheerful upcycling idea to make an eye-catching vase

Upcycling is very popular these days. It’s great to see what beautiful things can be created from old objects that might otherwise have ended up in the bin. Here, we show you how discarded coffee cups can be transformed into elegant vases. With their pattern of bright stripes, these vases will really grab people’s attention and are guaranteed to lift spirits. All you need is a couple of plain cups and porcelain brush pens. It’s really easy to achieve the highly effective stripes using porcelain brush pens because if you make a mistake or don’t like your design, you can simply wipe away what you’ve painted with a damp cloth.

Living room
Home decor
Upcycling ideas
Porcelain brush pens
Porcelain and ceramic
Easy peasy
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Other materials

  • 2 or 4 porcelain cups
  • Dry cloth for initial cleaning
  • A damp cloth or cotton-wool bud for correcting any mistakes
  • Hot glue gun
  • A conventional oven

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