Coryn loves to get coffee at the (overpriced for what it is) coffee shop next to the on base food court, but she hates the cardboard hot sleeves they put on her drink. I don't know why these bug her so much, but the first thing she does when she gets her (admittedly not very hot) hot chocolate is to rip off the sleeve and toss it aside. I tried to make the most of it last time by up-cycling it into a hand puppet which she got into for a bit then I tried wearing them on my arms, which made me think they might make an interesting craft supply. So I slipped them into my purse (somehow we ended up with three, one from my drink, one from hers, and the other must've just been sitting there on the counter and got swept up with ours).
That afternoon we got out her crayola paints and she made two and I made one. I waited for the first side of mine to dry a bit before flipping it over and painting the other. She just went for it and hers is a big smudged on one side because of that. The whole project only took about a half hour, counting the short set up time of getting out paints and brushes.
So these are our coffee sleeve armbands. I suppose they could also be reused as slightly more decorative coffee sleeves if you are so inclined.
Pros: Ridiculously simple; recycled materials; you can decorate them anyway you want with any thing you want; and you can play with them until they fall apart.
Cons: Maybe a little bit too quick to make it worth getting out all the materials (unless you are doing a whole bunch of them at once, say a dozen or so saved up over time); they are actually really uncomfortable to wear (I know because Coryn insisted I wear one for awhile).
I love shoving random items like coffee sleeves into Coryn's craft supplies (I don't have enough room to save everything I want to, maybe someday) and pulling them out when we have some down time. I think it teaches resourcefulness and I want her to look at every object and moment and see hidden potential .