How to Personalize Your Disposable Coffee Cup

Coffee is the perfect drink to enjoy on any occasion. It’s great in the morning when you need a quick pick-me-up, or at night when you’re trying to finish up your work before calling it a day. But if you’re like me and buy a lot of your coffee from Starbucks or other coffee shops, you are probably going through a LOT of disposable coffee cups.

Did you know that you can save money on your coffee by bringing your own cup with you? Save money and save the environment by buying a reusable cup and personalizing it with this cute craft idea!

You can also buy a batch of disposable cups, wash them and reuse them a few times to at least make things a little better. Disposable cups also have great value in craft projects, so save them up and use your imagination to figure out something amazing to do with them later!

Easy DIY Coffee Cup Craft - Personalize Your Disposable Coffee Cups!

Onto our project. For this example, I used a disposable cardboard cup that I got in a pack online. It came with its own cardboard sleeve, which is what we’ll be personalizing. We can then reuse it over and over again.

You will need: 

disposable coffee cup with lid and sleeve
a sheet of heavy scrapbook paper (On this one we chose a paper that had the “love” design already on the paper.
pen or pencil
glue (any glue or glue gun work well)  

Easy DIY Coffee Cup Craft - Personalize Your Disposable Coffee Cups!


First, take apart the sleeve of the coffee cup without ripping the cardboard. This will be your template.

Easy DIY Coffee Cup Craft - Personalize Your Disposable Coffee Cups!

Lay the sleeve on the scrapbook paper and trace it.  Make sure that you position the sleeve on the paper correctly so that you get the look you want from the design. In this case, I wanted to make sure the LOVE logo was captured, so it involved flipping the paper a few times.

You can always trace on the front of the scrapbook paper, but you need to be careful not to write too dark that it’ll show on your final design.

Easy DIY Coffee Cup Craft - Personalize Your Disposable Coffee Cups!

Cut out the sleeve from your scrapbook paper.

Easy DIY Coffee Cup Craft - Personalize Your Disposable Coffee Cups!

Glue the paper onto the cardboard sleeve and glue the sleeve back together.

Easy DIY Coffee Cup Craft - Personalize Your Disposable Coffee Cups!

Slip the sleeve on your coffee cup and you are done! SO SIMPLE!

The great thing is that the sleeve can be used over and over again. When you pick up your Starbucks, you don’t have to waste cardboard by having one of their sleeves.

Remember – if you bring your own cup, you can get money off your drinks! YAY!

If you have a coffee lover in your life, why not make a few of these cardboard sleeves and give them as a gift, along with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop! Such a cool idea that’s a little different from the norm.

Easy DIY Coffee Cup Craft - Personalize Your Disposable Coffee Cups!

How cute is that? Honestly, this is a great project for a rainy day when you’re feeling creative but don’t have a lot of time. You can get quite a few of these done in not a lot of time, so it’s perfect for moms during your kids’ naptimes.

Paper crafts are always a great idea, and I hope you’ll give it a try.

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  1. Must pin this is so cute. I don’t drink coffee at all but I do drink the fake coffee which is my latte I can stand that and I love hot tea too so this cup will come in handy very soon

  2. I love this idea! Especially making them as gifts for people. I wonder if there is a way to put a slit in them, so that you can leave them flat when you give them, then people can sort of put them together whenever they want to use it. Know what i mean? like an opposite slit so you can slide them together? Might be a nice addition. Then you can carry them flat in your book or wherever.

  3. How creative. What a great idea to personalize your own disposable coffee cup. Makes it easier to identify your cup from your colleagues’. I love that it’s easy to do I can probably make this.

  4. I have a huge coffee problem! This looks like a great way to dress up your coffee to go cup. I think this would be a great way to give as a gift as well in a little basket.

  5. I love that Starbucks offers you a discount if you bring your own cup. I will have to visit more often. This disposable cup cozy is so cute that you made. What a creative idea. I can’t wait to make my own. I think I have the perfect piece of scrapbook paper that will be perfect for this project. Can’t wait to see how mine turns out.

  6. What a really cute idea. I love the idea of tricking myself in the morning to thinking my at-home coffee is just as special as our local coffee house or the chain coffee house in town. Plus, it would make me feel like I was hanging around in an office with all the coffee perks instead of working from home all alone. These would also make some great gifts. I have some reusable coffee cups that look like the throw away kind from Starbucks. These would be great for jazzing those up.

  7. This is adorable! I love this idea to customize your coffee. I love Starbucks as well and I had no idea about the phone pick up. We do have a few coffee cups so we can save at Starbucks but never thought to personalize it. I love that especially since i love doing DIYs. Thank you for sharing.

  8. This is such a cute idea and so easy! There is nothing worse then putting your cup down somewhere and losing it or getting it mixed up with the person beside you! I have some coffee lovers in the family so I will keep this in mind for upcoming DIY gifts!

  9. That’s pretty cool!

    Like you – I’m always thinking of ways I can reduce my wastage when ordering a takeaway coffee. When you’re as coffee obsessed as I am, you can only think about minimising your impact on the world!

    Some other quick and easy tips
    1) Use a reusable keeper cup – this is an obvious one, but there are some funky designs out there!

    2) Say NO to a coffee cup lid – these are made from plastic most of the time – not good. Coffee tastes better without one anyway!

  10. What a wonderful design and it’s reusable + recyclable as well (assuming your city has a recycling program set up)! Where I live, recycling isn’t a problem for those types of paper cups that are lined with polyethylene (the sleeve is an automatic given).

    Btw, the BBC just posted an article about the mountainous problem of disposable (recyclable) cups and some cities/countries still don’t have the logistics set up to handle this. Apparently, in the UK alone, 2.5 billion cups are disposed of incorrectly (aren’t recycled).

  11. What a creative idea! I love your idea to customize your coffee. I want to surprise my friends with this personalized coffee cup. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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