Photo Tutorial: DIY Cup Cases for Frosted Christmas Trees

After sharing my Frosted Christmas Trees blog post, I have received dozens of questions and comments about the plastic cups I use as carrying cases. People see the cups and ribbons, but want to know a few more details bout how I created the cups. I am happy to answer all of your questions with a photo tutorial!

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this blog post has a great tutorial for making cute and simple carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees
If you missed the post about the ice cream cone trees we frosted at my class Christmas party, you definitely want to check it out.

frosted christmas trees made from ice cream cones

First of all… brace yourself. I do not consider myself a handy person. I’m a laptop kind of girl and power tools frighten me. I had to use a drill to prepare the cups and I was a little nervous. The school custodian fixed me up with his drill, bit, and safety glasses. Once I had the proper equipment, I was good-to-go.
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Materials Needed

You will need 20 ounce clear plastic cups with lids for this project. Grab them on Amazon!
You’ll also need holiday ribbon, a cordless drill, and 5/16″ drill bit.

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After gathering my materials, I was ready to drill!
I drilled 2 holes into the bottom of each cup.
The goal was to place both holes near the center of the cup.

Before long, I had a collection of drilled cups and bits of plastic debris on the table.
DIY carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees from plastic cups
With the holes complete, my next task was to thread ribbon throughout the holes to create a loop.
DIY carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees from plastic cups
This required a very specific and highly-technical tool…
a paperclip.
Ok, maybe it isn’t a very technical tool.
I opened one prong of the paperclip and kept the rest of it coiled so I could easily maintain my grip on the clip while I worked.

First, I used the paperclip to push one end of a 12″ strip of ribbon into the cup. I pushed about 2″ of the strip through the hole.
DIY carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees from plastic cups
The next part was a bit more tricky. I reached into the cup and used the paperclip to thread the same piece of ribbon up through the second hole and back out the bottom of the cup.
DIY carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees from plastic cups DIY carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees from plastic cups
Once the ribbon was pulled through both holes, I joined the two ends together and tied a simple knot. My collection of cups was ready for the party!
DIY carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees from plastic cups
These cup cases were the perfect way to showcase and display my students’ frosted tree creations!
DIY carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees from plastic cups
Want to see how I managed this holiday project in my kindergarten classroom during our party? I wrote about it in my Frosted Christmas Party blog post.
DIY carrying cases for frosted ice cream cone trees from plastic cups
Happy Holidays!

More Kindercraze Holiday Ideas

If you are looking for more fun holiday themed ideas, be sure to check out the blog posts below. They are filled with fun ideas and projects that will spread the joy of the holiday season.

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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    1. They stay on tight all by themselves! Plus, not glueing them allows kids to break into the cups when their parents are ready to let them eat it 🙂

  1. Thanks so much for this– we just did it for our Christmas parties this week! I’d always wondered how to get these decorated sugar cones tree home in one piece. The cups are a perfect fit and look so cute too!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)

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