coffee cups


San Francisco-based design professor and illustrator Miguel Cardona transforms ordinary paper coffee cups into bold works of art. Because of the curved surface of his canvas of choice, each piece is rendered freehand and he thoroughly enjoys the challenges that this presents:

“You have this three-dimensional object that is in your hands, you can pull the cup in a different direction and hold the pen still. You can also hide a lot of flawed perspective. You don’t need a desk, it can be done anywhere, and to protect it, you can stack it in another blank cup. The cup itself can hold your art supplies and is itself, a display stand, it’s quite the perfect design.”

Cardona’s subjects vary from pop culture character and icons to robots, monsters, and even bodily organs. But these beautiful illustrations aren’t quite as awesome as what he does with them. Miguel sells each finished piece for $20 and donates 100% of the proceeds to Project Night Night, which donates baby blankets, children’s books, and toys to children in homeless shelters.

Visit Miguel Cardona’s website to check out more of his fantastic illustrated coffee cups.

[via Design Taxi and Cool Hunting]


This Guy’s Panoramic Drawings On Coffee Cups Are So Much Better Than Latte Art

And you thought the stamp your favorite coffee shop uses to decorate its cups was cool.

Adrian Hogan, an illustrator living in Tokyo, has been crafting stunning panoramas of local scenes as part of his daily sketching practice. Hogan got the idea to draw on the cups from another local artist, Mariya Suzuki, and captures everything from a bookstore to the Imperial Palace.

See more of these incredible panoramic drawings here. 


It’s been a while since we last paid a visit to the Department of Crackerjack Coffee Cup Art. Today those happily over-caffeinated folks have been blown away by this awesome map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth drawn on a Starbucks cup by an anonymous customer who then gave their creation to Redditor and barista Carpe_Natem. It’s such a beautifully detailed rendering, could it be that Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien stopped in for a grande mocha?

[via Laughing Squid]

Ctrl-Alt-Delete Cup Set

Creative coffee cups for geeks Ctrl + Alt + Delete is a set of 3 cups like the buttons you daily use at your keyboard for many times. These are made with high quality plastic and are dishwasher safe.

More info here!

A creative company in California called Reduce. Reuse. Grow has designed a coffee cup that is not only biodegradable, but even has seeds in its walls so that it can be planted and grown!

The cups, which are currently part of a Kickstarter campaign, will have seeds embedded in their walls based on their locations. Participating stores will encourage people to plant the cups themselves or to return them to be planted by the company.

More here. (The Kickstarter has been funded.)

— d.n.


Coffee Cup Birdfeeder and Birdbath

I’ve seen a variety of tutorials for “teacup birdfeeders” online involving only glue, but the version we made here using a drill is much more solid.

We had everything we needed to build it on hand, minus the cup, which I picked up for a few kroner at a flea market, so building it was basically free: costs may vary depending on what kinds of tools you have laying around, but the idea is to use free and recycled materials if possible.

It’s a simple project that provides a new purpose for something (ceramic ware) that is widely available second-hand.



1. Using a concrete drillbit, carefully drill a hole in the centre of the saucer.

2. Using a wood drillbit, carefully drill a hole to match in the top of the dowel or stake.

3. Tightly screw the saucer to the dowel, using a washer to distribute the force, and a rubber gasket to cushion the area between the metal and ceramic.

4. Sand the centre of the saucer and the bottom of the cup, and clean away debris: this provides a better contact surface for glue.

5. Add one layer of glue to both cup and saucer, and wait until it is tacky, or almost dry. 

6. Add a second layer of glue, and attach the cup to the saucer. Optionally, glue a spoon to the saucer as well!

7. Put a brick or board on top of the cup, and let it sit while the glue dries overnight.

8. Fill the cup with water, and the saucer with birdseed.

9. Enjoy the view!


The newest member of the Department of Crackerjack Coffee Cup Art is Indianapolis-based artist Jess, aka Kahahuna, who uses the familiar Starbucks siren logo on their coffee cup sleeves as canvases for geektastic color pencil portraits, including all twelve incarnations of Doctor Who, a Dalek and the Master. But never fear if your fandom lies elsewhere, she’s also created portraits of Sherlock Holmes and Walter White.

Jess first began decorating the sleeves as surprises for customers at work. They were so delighted by the complimentary artwork that came with their beverages that she’s now offering pop culture-inspired sleeves via her Kahahuna Etsy shop.

Visit Jess’ Kahahuna DeviantArt portfolio to check out more of her artwork or follow her right here on Tumblr at kahahuna.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]