I’ll admit that I love Red Cup Season. I even had a Christmas tree each year dedicated just to the Starbucks cup ornaments. We’re just a few weeks from pulling out all the Christmas decor and I am so excited.
I was a little disappointed when I went to Starbucks on Saturday and they didn’t have the red cups yet. I figured by November 2nd they would have already appeared.
If you’re a fan of Starbucks like me, then you’re going to LOVE this fun project! Make your own custom Starbucks Frappuccino ornament for your tree this year.
DIY Starbucks Frappuccino Ornament
- Sample Cup from Starbucks (just ask, they’ll give you one if they have it)
- Small Portion Green Foam Sheet
- Red Craft Paint
- Green Craft Paint
- White Craft Paint
- Air-Dry Clay
- Small Amount of Cardboard
- Kids Clay Extruder
- Paint Brush
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Paper Towel
- Using the cup template, cut out the rectangle from the green foam sheet. Either an X-Acto knife or scissors will work well to cut through the foam.
- With the template provided, cut out the circle from the cardboard.
- Paint the top of your cardboard circle with a combination of white and green craft paint to make it look a little like the holiday frap color. Allow paint to dry fully.
- Using the same combination of green and white, paint your foam sheet.
- Dab off the paint with the paper towel. You want some paint on the foam sheet, but most of it gone, so it looks flecked. Allow paint to dry fully.
- Using undiluted red paint, draw a “drizzle” of raspberry sauce across the green. You can even paint an area where it “pools” at the bottom. Allow paint to dry fully.
- Trim the cardboard circle to fit inside your cup about ½ inch deep. Take care to trim the bottom (unpainted side) a bit more than the top side, this will help it fit into the cup better.
- Press some clay into the extruder and extrude out a swirl of clay to sit on top of the cardboard like the whipped cream you want. I practiced a few times and also found that adding a little water to the clay helped it squeeze out of the extruder a little more smoothly. Allow clay to dry for at least 24 hours.
- Make a straw by forming a small, thin snake that you lay very very straight to dry overnight.
- Make a handful of very very thin snakes from the clay and allow them to dry overnight.
- Break the tiny thin snakes into about 25-30 itty bitty sections.
- Paint half of the itty bitty sections of snake red and the other half green.
- Paint the clay straw green. Allow paint to dry fully.
- Paint the whipped cream swirl white. Allow paint to dry fully.
- Tuck the foam rectangle into the cup, with the red drizzle showing though. The back will not join up, and the top will stick over. So, you’ll want to trim it to fit more precisely. Hot glue this in place with the tiniest dab on the back side.
- Cut a 3-4 inch length of twine and make a loop, then hot glue this in place on the back side of the cup.
- Push the cardboard circle into the top of the cup, working it into the foam and making them look like one unit. Hot glue this in place with the tiniest amount of hot glue, if possible.
- Hot glue the whipped cream on top of the cardboard.
- Break the straw into the length you desire and hot glue it in place next to the whipped cream.
- Using tweezers, hot glue the sprinkles on top of the whipped cream.
This craft does take quite a bit of time; however a majority of it is drying time. The actual active time for this project is easily under an hour.
I am so excited to start decorating our new home for Christmas. Earlier this week, I was thinking through the different places to put decor, and trying to figure out how to hang stockings without a mantle.
What are you excited about this holiday season?