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Old 10-02-2008, 09:22 AM
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Souvenir Cups and Mugs

My family has quite a collection of souvenir coffee mugs and plastic cups: college, sporting event, Star Wars, etc.

Some of these cups are quite large and really not practical for everyday use.

What are some good ways to "repurpose" items like this so they can still be enjoyed, rather than just throwing them away or keeping them in the back of a cabinet somewhere?
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:48 PM
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I only have a couple of souvenir cups but I have quite a few 'old teacups' as a collection, unfortunately my just gather dust on the wall unit/display cabinet as I'm not game to use them.
Maybe when you have guests over get them out to share as least they are out for a bit? Too big, pop in lollies/candy as a table display, flowers ..... at least then they do get used
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:00 AM
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The candy idea as a table display sounds cute!

We already do use the coffee mugs when friends come to visit. They hold more than the wimpy little cups that came with my dishes
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:36 AM
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Barb, as I always say "put a plant in it".
YTou can use them as holders, pens/pencils, rubberbands, paperclips, combs/brushes.
As long as they aren't breakable I'd use them for storage.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:42 AM
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LOL I have never used the "wimpy" cups that come with any dish set that I have had in all these years of buying.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:27 PM
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If you don't use them and want to re-purpose them.

You could fill with different candies or drink mixes and give away as gifts. Or sell as a fund raiser.

You could mix the recipe for Cakes in Mugs and give as gifts or sell them.

If they have a cute design for kids. Make a dry mix for play dough and leave out the wet ingredients. Attach 1 or more cookie cutters with a card and the listed wet ingredients to finish making the dough. That way the parents or kids could make their own dough.
Give as gifts or sell.

You could also make a pincushion for the inside and attach to the bottom of the cup. Add a few sewing supplies. And you have a gift for the sewers in your life.


For Tea drinkers/ Coffee drinkers get several different flavors of teas or coffees and place inside the cups.

For sports enthusiasts---Fill with different snacks to be enjoyed while watching their favorite sports.

For gardeners fill with several packets of flower or vegetable seeds.

And so on.
Hope this has given you some ideas.
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:47 AM
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Vucky some vey good ideas here thanks. Good morning all
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I like the idea of baking the cakes in mugs and giving them as gifts. You can plant herbs in the cups to give as gifts, too.

Sports cups or "state" cups can hold pens and pencils in the kids' room or computer room. If they are in excellent shape and can be reused, fill them with food of some sort - choc. covered pretzel rods come to mind - to give to male teachers. They seem to be the hardest to buy for.

Big ones can also be used in a bedroom to hold coins, cell phones, combs, wallets, keys...."pocket" stuff that gets emptied out when they change clothes.

I have a couple of tall mugs that I love for hot chocolate because it holds more than 1 cup - but I use them a lot when one of my kids are sick so they can drink chicken noodle soup out of it. My dd thinks its hilarious to drink soup and noodles from a cup.
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Lots of good ideas here. I use some of my special cups that have a chip in them to root pieces of plants hold thumb tacks
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What about breaking them up and making a mosaic table top out of them?
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