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Water Cooler Cup Star

Consisting entirely of water cooler cups, this star is refreshingly easy to make.

Water cooler cup star

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


  • Box of 6-oz cone paper cups, #109076

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Step 1

Glue rims of cups together

Apply a few small drops of hot glue to the rim of a cup and quickly adhere a second cup to the first, rim to rim. Make nine glued pairs and let dry.

Step 2

Glue first layer of cups together

Glue these nine pairs together to form a circle -- apply glue near the bottoms of the cones, as shown. Let dry.

Step 3

Glue second layer of cups to first layer

Glue nine cups on top of the circle to form a second layer; let dry.

Step 4

Glue four additional cups on top of the previous layer and let dry.

Good to Know

For these step-by-step photos, we used slightly larger cups than we're recommending you use -- resulting in layers with different quantities of cups than we're specifying in our instructions. Use the step-by-step photos to understand the process used to create this star; use our instructions to understand how many cups are needed for each layer.

Step 5


If you desire, glue a wire loop to the back for hanging.