I have never been to a BBQ where they do not serve on paper plates with plastic utensils. Our craft today is to give some color to the utensil holder. To give it some personality and texture. We are using mini cupcake liners. Instead of just gluing them as they come out of the package our first step is to flip them inside out. This way the color is on the inside, not the outside which allows us to see the color more easily in the final product.
We used 18 mini cupcake liners for each cup. Once all 18 mini liners were flipped inside out the next step is to create a pattern. How do you want it to look? One color, an ombre effect, or a pattern like my Little Chefs? Taking one mini liner at a time glue the bottom using just enough glue to make it stick. Now that we flipped them inside out you will be gluing the white side. Now, before the glue dries, add the liner to the cup.
Continue on until your cup is full. We did 3 rows of 6. You can pack the liners in closer together, but we found this is the perfect time for the kids to create. They were done and left wanting more, not dreading finishing right before they were done. I loved how they worked together to help each other out. One glued then passed the liner to to other partner who placed it on the cup and carefully dabbed the liner trying not to burn their fingers through the liner.
Do you know when you are searching at the last minute for something to put the utensils in and so you grab a cup, because it is right there beside the utensils, and the cup falls over because the utensils are too tall and heavy? It seems I can redo that action over and over again thinking this time it won’t fall over….and then it does. Well, this time it really didn’t fall over! After all these years we finally figured it out. Just take your cup and flip it over. Add two quarters to the bottom with some tape and there you have it, a utensil holder that will not fall over! Just make sure to take the coins off before throwing away the cup!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Labor Day BBQ meal; Fire Wire Beef Kabobs, Grilled Sweet Potatoes in Foil and Grilled Zucchini Halves with our weekly tip How To Select and Store Summer Squash.
Have a great Labor Day BBQ! What are you grilling this year?