I purchased a large package of To Go cups to stash on the shelf, under my Keurig. I wanted to provide an insulated, disposable cup to those running out the door with morning coffee. Honesty, I did this because my kitchen cups kept disappearing out of the cabinet and they never seemed to make their way back into the house! Enclosed in the package were a huge number of brown coffee cup sleeves. However, no one used them. Once the carryout coffee cups were gone, I was left with this pile of sleeves. Now what? Garbage? Recycle?
I ended up tossing them into my granddaughters treasure box. I figured she might enjoy playing with them. They were ignored for a while, but then one afternoon she discovered them. The first thing my little designer did was to add a little color.
Then she decided they would make great bracelets.
Then she customized our bracelets while we were wearing them.
This was a fun activity and something that could easily be pulled out at a restaurant or doctors office, while you are waiting. Just keep one or two in your handbag (recycle them from your next coffee order), along with a couple of crayons and you are good to go. Then, you too can be the hippest grandma, as you sport a fashionable bangle designed by your favorite toddler.