How to Make Solo Cups Infinitely Cuter

Whether you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo party or looking to upgrade the drinks at your next barbecue, this DIY is a game changer.

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With this simple do-it-yourself project from Rebecca Simms of Wylie West Creative, boring plastic cups are a thing of the past. And you don’t have to be an experienced crafter to make these, nor do you have to spend a ton of money.

“I made a dozen of these cups for under 20 bucks,” says Simms. “And I had plenty of material left over to make more.” Drinking margaritas just got even more fun.  

You will need:

16 oz clear solo cups one gold metallic tablecloth 10mm pom poms (12 per cup) Low temp glue gun Scissors Ruler

Step 1

: Cut one-inch wide strips of metallic gold tablecloth material. You will need two pieces per cup. Cut your strips about 12 inches long. These will be for the gold piñata inspired trim at the top of each cup.


Step 2

: Cut 1/4-inch slits all the way down each pieces of metallic gold table cloth.


Step 3

: Turn on your glue gun. Pick out 12 colored poms to apply to each cup. Apply glue to pom pom first, and then stick on plastic cup. Spread out poms from the bottom of cup, up about 3 inches. Apply around all sides of the cup.


Note: If you don’t have a low temp glue gun, you can use your regular high heat setting, just be sure to apply glue directly to the poms and wait a few seconds before sticking on plastic cup. High heat glue can melt a plastic cup.


Step 4

: Glue two strips of piñata trim to the top 1 ½-inch area of your solo cup. There are nice little lines built into the shape of the solo cups to use as a guide. 


Step 5

: Whip up a batch of your favorite margaritas—or try the prickly pear recipe below—and enjoy!

Prickly Pear Margaritas

By Sarah Hendrix of La Femme Epicure (Rebecca Simms’ sister)

Makes 4 margaritas—double the batch for a pitcher

Note: These can be made as blended frozen margaritas or served on the rocks.


– 8 oz. good tequila – 4 oz. fresh lime juice – 4 oz. Cointreau – 4 oz. Mama Ro’s prickly pear syrup (recipe below) – Kosher Salt, for rims – Ice

1. Pour salt onto a small plate. Use a wedge of lime to moisten the rim of each glass and then dip into salt to coat evenly. 2. Add ingredients to pitcher (or blender if making frozen margaritas) and stir to combine—the mixture will be a bright pink color. If blending, add 3 cups of ice, and blend until smooth and slushy. If serving on the rocks, add ice to each salt-rimmed glass, and then pour cocktail mixture over ice and serve immediately.

Mama Ro’s Prickly Pear Simple Syrup


– 1 1/2 pounds of prickly pear fruit – 1/2 cup granulated sugar – 1/2 cup water

1. To peel, cut off the tips at both ends, and run a slit from top to bottom. Remove the leathery skin, usually in one piece, or scoop out. 2. Cook the fruit flesh in a medium nonreactive saucepan with sugar and water. As the sugar dissolves, press the fruit with a potato masher or wooden spoon to extract all the juice from the pulp. Cook sugar until completely dissolved and syrup is slightly reduced. Simmer about 5 min. 3. Cool before passing through fine mesh strainer pressing on all the solids. Discard solids. You should have about 1 cup beautiful bright pink simple syrup.

Note: If you would rather skip the step of making your own syrup, you can find a variety of prickly pear syrups online for purchase and those can be substituted.

Read more: 

10 cinco de mayo party décor ideas 15 unexpected ways to enjoy margaritas The Tropical, Chili Fruit Cups We’re Making on Cinco de Mayo

Published on April 29, 2017