In partnership with NutriStart

We are big into upcycling things to create something new so when NutriStart challenged us to come up with a #cupcycle project, we were all for it. This local company makes yummilicious breakfast cereal that’s wheat free and doesn’t contain any refined sugars. The perfect meal on the go. Especially for someone like my daughter who has to be at the pool really early in the morning. Like sparrow fart early 😉 The breakfast cereal comes in a convenient plastic cup with a re-sealable lid. So all you have to do is add milk or hot water and you’re ready to go. For our upcycle challenge, we decided to use one of the cups to make this little fairy bridge.

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Isn’t it just adorable? You would never say that the bridge started out looking like this 😀

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And it’s one of those really easy projects that take less than an hour to make.

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Plus it’s such a fun project to do with the kids and they can learn all about building bridges too. The little ones can help with painting the bridge while older kids will love coming up with creative ideas to make the deck and the handrails.

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How to Turn a Plastic Cup into a Fairy Bridge

For the fairy bridge, you only need the sides of the plastic cup. Use a pair of scissors to cut down either side of the cup and remove the bottom. Don’t throw it away, they can be turned into oversized emoticon badges. Just add a safety pin on the back and mod podge an emoticon onto the front 😉 Or wrap it in silken rags and use it to make the cutest boho storage.

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The curved cup half looks like an arch and it’s really strong, which is the perfect starting point for the deck of the fairy bridge. To cover the deck we used a few ice cream sticks. Those innocuous sticks of wood are perfect for making all kinds of miniatures; from porch swings to treasure chests and stained glass fairy doors.

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Cut the ice cream sticks so they’re a little wider than the piece of plastic. The easiest way to do it is to simply use a pair of scissors or a sharp knife to score alone the sticks and break them off. Don’t worry if they’re not the same size, it adds to the look. Before gluing the sticks to the bridge, use 100 grit sandpaper to roughen up the plastic a little so the glue has something to grip onto.

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The plastic bits are really “bouncy”, which makes it so much easier when you’re gluing the sticks on. Just press it down firmly to create a flat piece and then add the sticks. That way they won’t slide off the curved surface while the glue dries. We used quick setting glue so it only takes a few seconds.

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As soon as the glue dries, and you stop pressing down, it will pop right back up again 😀

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Before adding the handrails you can paint the deck or leave Au Naturale if you prefer 😉

Adding the Handrails to the Fairy Bridge

There are quite a few ways to add handrails to the bridge. We don’t want our fairies falling off 😀 You can glue twigs to the sides of the bridge or you can take it up a notch and use beads instead. To form a stable base for a bead handrail I first glued on equally spaced flat bottomed abalone nuggets. While the glue is still wet insert a piece of wire. You’ll have to bend the wire a little so the actual handrail stands up straight.

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Thread a few small beads onto the wire support beams and tie them all together with a bit of twine. To make sure the beads don’t fall off add a little bit of glue to that last bead at the top before threading the beads onto the piece of wire.

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Snip off any excess pieces of wire and the bridge is ready for your fairy garden. Fill a container with potting soil and add your favorite plants and flowers.

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Our little fairy bridge spans a small ceramic bowl that’s been filled with silver pebbles and water.

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We placed the fairy bridge and the bowl inside a wooden crate and added Peace in the Home (Soleirolia soleirolii) and thyme.

Fairies love thyme. It’s one of the plants they like to dance around! Click to Tweet

Most herbs work well in fairy gardens since they have tiny delicate leaves and flowers that attract butterflies. And if there are butterflies you’re sure to find a fairy too 😉

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Don’t forget to add a few fairy mushrooms under the thyme for a pop of color.

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And hang a fairy wind chime or lantern-shaped bead on one of the handrails to guide the way.

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The possibilities are endless. Just let your imagination run wild.

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More Fairy Garden Plastic Cup Recycling Ideas

BTW, if you have a whole bunch of plastic cups, here’s a few more ideas to recycle them for your fairy garden:

  • Make a wishing well by simply gluing twigs or small stones around the outside of the cup and adding wire or longer twigs to form the arch of the well and you’re good to go.
  • Turn the plastic cup upside down, add a little roof similar to the one we made for our fairy toadstool and paint on some windows and doors to make an adorable fairy hut. Just remember to lightly sand the cups before painting so it doesn’t peel off.
  • Paint the inside of the plastic container grey, fill with resin and add small fish beads for a quick and easy fairy pond.
  • Or you can use those plasic cups and/or the lid to make a really cool fort for a fairy playground.

I hope this project inspired you to reduce, reuse and recycle those plastic cups or containers. It’s a great way to teach our kids to take something that would normally get thrown away and find a fun way to reuse it and protect the planet too. Small efforts can make a huge difference!

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And if you’re looking for a few more fairy crafts to make, you’ll find a whole bunch on our blog, including:

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And as always, wishing you a beautiful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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