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Try it with Tabby: The red Solo cup

“Try it with Tabby” is a weekly article chronicling the adventures of Tabitha Bower as she searches for out-of-the-ordinary and budget-friendly activities for students.


Let’s face it: As college students, there are some days when we just want to stay at home in our pajamas. These lazy days have many causes, ranging from exhaustion associated with study overload to over-indulging in fun the night prior.

While sitting on the couch for an entire day may be enough to occupy some, others might need a glimmer of productivity to make the day feel un-wasted. If writing the eight-page report due in two days does not sound like the type of productivity you’re going for, try getting creative with some do-it-yourself crafts.

Worried about having to leave the house to stock up on crafting supplies? Fear not, this particular project takes nothing more than what an average college student has lying around the house: a red Solo cup, some office supplies and an oven.

In my lazy day woes, I stumbled upon the “red Solo cup necklace” online with a certain flair of pessimism. The three step process to turn the keg-stand classic into an eclectic charm seemed too simplistic, and to be honest, I went into this project more to prove
it wrong.

Step one was possibly the most difficult. It involved cutting the red Solo cup in half with an Exacto knife. After nearly slicing my finger off, I traded in the razor for a pair of child friendly scissors. I would recommend using the Exacto for initial puncture, but then using scissors to get a straight line. Also, take note of the rule “never cut toward yourself.” It’s a rule for a reason.

Once the cup is cut, the design element of the red Solo cup necklace comes into play. This is where you get to be creative and draw all over the cup with a permanent marker. You could use the cup’s ridges as design guidelines, or you could do what I did and just scribble random shapes in no particular order.

The last step is where the magic happens. Since Solo cups are made of #6 plastic, they shrink when heated. The shrinking process takes approximately two minutes in an oven heated to 225 degrees. Once the cup shrinks into a flat circle, you  press it with a glass and wait for it to cool down.

While I was skeptical going into this project, I was more than impressed by the results. I strung my finished product on a silver chain, put it around my neck and went out for feedback. Many people commented on my new neckpiece and a few even asked where I bought it. The best part of this creative craft by far is the bragging rights associated with turning a red solo cup into a wearable accessory.

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About Tabitha Bower (0 Articles)
Tabitha Bower is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Arbiter. She became involved with The Arbiter after taking a News Writing class, and began by writing for both the News and Features sections as a journalist for one semester before taking a position as the Arts and Entertainment section editor. She is double majoring in English with a writing emphasis and communication with a journalism emphasis. After college she dreams of being employed in the field of journalism, traveling the world and instructing hot yoga. Tabitha is originally from a small tourist town on the coast of Maine, but has lived in multiple areas of New England, Florida, Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan. She once spent a year backpacking, scuba diving, surfing and basking in a hammock with a drink in Southeast Asia. She also has the talent of juggling school, work, looking fabulous and being super mom to her three-year-old son, Aiden.