Twelve Crafts of Christmas [Guest Post] Coffee Time Crafts with Shellby

Shellby is a fantastic friend of mine – we were roommates in college so we have logged many hours crafting together. You may remember her from the Crafty Challenge earlier this year! She’s back with two fantastic projects you can make by repurposing materials from your favorite coffee house. Thanks for contributing, Shellby!

Every year Starbucks comes out with holiday designs that are so cute, I end up hoarding the bags, sleeves, and cups with crafting in mind! I love finding ways to turn trash into something useful, so here are some ideas for you to try!

For the drink sleeve wreath, you will need:

  • Sbux sleeves
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Embroidery hoop or wreath form (I used a hoop since it was only $1.50!)
  • Ribbon
  • Coffee, of course

Pick a size and estimate how many sleeves you’ll need. My circle is 9 inches in diameter and I needed 12 sleeve. Ask your friends, coworkers, and family members to save their coffee sleeves for you this holiday season!

Cut your sleeves in half. This reduces the amount of sleeves needed, makes them easier to handle, and creates a nice pattern when you alternate the logo sides and plain sides.

Hot glue one sleeve slightly overlapping the next on the hoop. You can see from my photos that I used only the inside ring so I can actually make 2 wreaths with one embroidery hoop (if you can save enough sleeves!). Make sure not to fully glue down the first sleeve so you can tuck the last piece under a little to keep the pattern continuous.

Embellish! I made a bow out of some sparklicious ribbon and kept the rest simple. This step is for ya’ll to get creative! Paint it! Bedazzle it! Make it your own!

Total time: 20 minutes

If you buy a few treats or a mug at Sbux, you get a cute holiday bag. The designs are so cute, I just can’t let them go to waste, so I turned them into gift tags!

For the paper bag gift tags, you will need:

  • Sbux gift bag
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • X-acto/scissors
  • Pen
  • Hole punch

Cut out all the cute parts of the bag. You can cut different sizes and shapes for the bases of the tags to paste the smaller icons onto. You could also use some fancy scissors to give the edges a more interesting look. Avoid the folds, and make sure to cut pieces big enough for “To” and “From” to fit.  Recycle the rest!

Embellish! Glitter is always a good choice.

Add the wording – I free handed mine, but stamps would be a lovely option too. Then hole punch!

And you’re done! Go grab some ribbon and string it up to a gift!

Total time: 30 minutes (for 6 tags)

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8 Responses to Twelve Crafts of Christmas [Guest Post] Coffee Time Crafts with Shellby

  1. Maria says:

    So creative, eco-friendly and cute!

  2. Lori says:

    Perfect for coffee lovers!

  3. Frankie says:

    Shellby is the bees knees! I’m always reminded of her when I see an Sbux Christmas warmer. And I love the gift tags- they’re perfection with glitter.

  4. Thanks for your comment Kira! I LOVE this warmer sleeve recycling idea- totally planning on doing this next year 🙂

  5. Liz says:

    Lovely Idea!!!

  6. Gran says:

    Very creative!!


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