Felt Coffee Cup Ornaments

When Little Crafter started school this fall, I fully expected him to make new friends.  What I didn’t expect was that I would too!  But the wonderful reality is that in the past three months, I’ve gotten to know some of the other moms from his school really well…and I love them to pieces!  I started informally grabbing coffee with one or two of them and gradually a group of seven of us started meeting every Thursday morning at our local Starbucks to chat.  We have a ton of things in common and a ton of things about us that are totally different, but we all enjoy getting together to have some girl time.  Sometimes we talk about school, often we chat about our kids, and more often still we talk about all kinds of random things like fashion, politics, current events, and things I won’t share here…haha.  So, this Christmas, I wanted to give them a little token of friendship to show them I’m thankful they’re in my life and I enjoy the time we spend together.  Since I’d need six of whatever I bought, I needed to find something inexpensive but meaningful at the same time.  Here’s what I came up with.

Felt Coffee Ornament


– felt {red, white, light brown}
– red and white baker’s twine or other string
– scissors
– green fabric paint
– red thread
– sewing needle
– hot glue gun and glue sticks
– craft glue
– fine glitter

Step 1: Cut your felt pieces.  For each ornament, you will need two red cup shapes, one white lid, and a brown cup sleeve.  I freehanded a pattern for mine.

Step 2: Hand stitch the two cup pieces together around both sides and the bottom.

Starbucks ornament

Step 3: Cut a piece of twine and tie it into a knot.


Step 4: Open the top of the cup and put a dab of hot glue inside.  Insert the knotted end of the twine and glue shut.

Starbucks ornament

Step 5: Use fabric paint to add a small green heart or whatever you like to the cup sleeve.  Then, glue the sleeve and the lid to the cup.

Starbucks ornament

Step 6: Spread some glue on the lid and sprinkle with fine glitter!  Why?  Glitter makes everything better!!

Starbucks Ornament

Just a note, I strongly advise following the steps in order and putting your fabric paint on BEFORE you glue everything together.  Because if you try painting after it’s all glued, something like this might happen.  Just saying.  And then it will be practically impossible to get that “cup sleeve” off since you hot glued it together and hot glued felt sticks together in a big way.  Not that I know or anything…


In case you’re wondering about the letters, my original plan was to write the letters “NMLB” on each sleeve to represent “No Mom Left Behind.” Then this happened on the first one.  So I did hearts instead.  Before I glued anything else together.

So, here they are, my seven cups!  One for each mama: Vanessa, Mel, Anna, Kat, Amanda, Aubry, and of course one for me.

Starbucks Ornaments

 Honestly, these were really simple to make {minus the fabric paint snafu} and weren’t all that time consuming, especially if you’re only making one or two instead of seven!  The longest part is the hand stitching; everything else is pretty much just cut and glue.  I love the way they turned out!  They’re the perfect little keepsake for my new mama-friends, without costing $5 a piece like buying the in-store ornaments do.  {Which isn’t a terrible price for an ornament, but when you need 7, that adds up fast!}  These literally cost me nothing since I already have a stash of felt, twine, and glitter at all times.

Starbucks ornament

Plus, I think the handmade touch makes them extra-special.  Maybe it sounds corny, but I feel like when you give a handmade gift, you’re kind of giving a little piece of yourself too.  What are your favorite holiday ornaments?  Do you treasure the homemade ones like I do?

Hugs & Glitter,


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  1. Just found your site and the coffee cup ornament. Since I just finished a Caramel Brulee, one of the new flavors for the holidays, IN A RED CUP (!), I will be making some of your cup ornaments for the tree. One change is to leave the top open and put one of the new red cup coffee cards inside as a gift. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Amy, I was wondering about the two-sided cup. Is that just to hide the string? If so, it might be better to double up the lid instead of the cup. Waddaya think?

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