Crafts/ DIY/ Freebie/ Geschenke/ Nifty/ Thrifty

{coffee stencils}

Now, that the weather is getting warmer and warmer and the sky seems to turn a hint more blue every day, the hubby and I have little coffee dates on our balcony every now and then.
We bought a table to match our french bistro chairs and do some people watching form our 4th floor apartment (there’s always some action, since we look right down on a tram stop).
Of course it wouldn’t be a coffee date without the coffee! Unlike the hubby, I can’t stand black coffee and need milk. Lots of it! My favorite is Latte Macchiato — more milk than coffee. ;) It’s the best topped with some cocoa or cinnamon!
Here’s where the thrifty part comes in: I reused two Pringles lids and cut the shapes with an x-acto knife. I created an easy to cut design in Illustrator, printed it out on paper, laid the plastic lid on top and cut away.
download the template here

Feel free to use the templates, or just create your own by drawing a shape on a piece of paper. :)

The template prints for Pringles sized lids at 100%.

I’m partying here


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    Aakriti Malik
    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 09:30 AM

    I SIMPLY LOVE THE IDEA…its so simple and artistic:) and yeah sure can bring a smile on a face as one sips into the coffee.:) Will try it for sure..Visiting from the Vintage Bee:)
    Here’s my blog:
    and since ur post is abt coffee..I think u myt like to read this one :)
    btw…one can use drinking chocolate as well to decorate a cup of coffee ..right? And do temme how u make ur cup of coffe:) U can leave a comment on my blog post itself:)

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    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Ooh! What a cool idea! I love these! I can’t wait to make some of my own.

    I also like more milk than coffee, and a liberal sprinkling of chocolate or cinnamon — which my other half can’t understand!

    Thanks so much for the idea!

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    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    I love fancy coffee and this way I can get it at home! Thanks for sharing!

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    ≼mE aNd mY tℎrIfTy IdEaS≽
    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 01:05 PM

    Ingenious! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea!

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    Susan @ Busy at Home
    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 01:41 PM

    That’s so smart! I saw the picture at the Reasons to Skip the Housework linky and wanted to see what you did. How fun! I’ve never tried making special coffees as I’m usually just awake enough to get the water in the pot…but now you’ve got me wanting to try it!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 02:47 PM

    Love love love!! What an awesome idea… you saying that you people watched from your balcony made me laugh, my husband and I would be doing the same thing! We live about a half hour from NYC and we go in to Central Park to people watch(or Time Square…equally as good!). You had left a comment on my blog(Wannabe Cafter) and I want to thank you for pointing out that my email was not displayed, it is now:) Oh, and my family lives in Lage…I just LOVE Germany, I’ve been twice and I can’t get over how wonderful it is! …and I can read German, understand and speak, but I just can’t spell/write for anything anymore!

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    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 03:31 PM

    Absolutely love this idea. I don’t drink coffee but I think this is just a great idea for cupcakes with powdered sugar on top. Pringles lids, who knew?!

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    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 05:35 PM

    This is great! So simple but it looks so cute! Makes me want to have a coffee party! =)

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    Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    SO awesome! Love that you recycled the Pringle lid..super original.

    Delighted Momma

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    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 02:13 AM

    brilliant! sweet and simple!

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    Cherished Bliss
    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 02:33 AM

    How fun! Makes me want to have a coffee party!!

    Would love for you to share at my party!

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    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 04:40 AM

    Great idea! I will have to try this soon!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 07:01 AM

    I’m always surprised how creative you are!!! Your ideas, implementation and presentation are really great.
    A big kiss from your proud but very poor English-speaking mother ;-)

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    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 09:17 AM

    thanks for sharing this at We Did It! Wednesday!. I’ve been wondering how coffee shop made such wonderful art on a coffee; no I know…

    Care to visit my post?

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    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 09:57 AM

    Hi from your newest google follower/s via Handmade Tuesdays.
    I really love this post, may try this one! Karima from

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    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 01:23 PM

    Hi Vanessa! I’m so going to make these!! we are cappuccino addicted. in a bad way! :)

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    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 03:45 PM

    So very cute! My husband and I drink a lot of coffee too.…we definitely need to stencil our beverages!

    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I’m following you now and would love to have you as a follower as well!


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    Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 09:09 PM

    I am following you via the WW blog hop. Please follow me.

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    Cherished Bliss
    Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 03:08 AM

    Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you back next week : )

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    Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 02:12 PM

    Wow- this is so neat. Thanks for sharing! I cannot wait to do this :) I am your newest follower! Come check out my blog and follow me back. I would appreciate it! I am doing a giveaway that ends tomorrow at midnight- a free headband! Thanks :)

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    Friday May 13th, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Very good idea. And Pringle’s are my favorite! You just gave me an idea for a greeting card! Thanks for sharing.

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    Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made
    Friday May 13th, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Don’t ever stop those “dates” — and keep on making them special for years to come — love your stencils!

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    Nicole @ The Wonderful World of Wohler
    Saturday May 14th, 2011 at 05:32 PM

    What a creative idea, way to upcycle too! Thanks for sharing!

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    heather {WhipperBerry}
    Sunday May 15th, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    LOVE this!!

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    Sunday May 15th, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    This is such a great idea! I’m going to have to tell hubby, he’s been trying to make patterns on my ‘posh coffees’ and these will make it super easy!

    Thanks for sharing

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    Kaitlin Saenz
    Monday May 16th, 2011 at 01:48 AM

    Looove the idea! Can’t wait to try it myself!

    I really like your stuff and can’t wait to see what else you will be sharing as someone new to blogging and a new follower!


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    Monday May 16th, 2011 at 01:24 PM

    very cool project!!! i cant wait to have people over and serve them coffee! lol.…found this post over at mad skills party, come by for a visit sometime :)


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    Monday May 16th, 2011 at 08:20 PM

    How fun is THAT?!?! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party!! Every week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here is the link:

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    SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    Tuesday May 17th, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    That is so fun! Since I’m not a coffee drinker, I guess this works to hot cocoa with cream, too :) Thank you so much for linking up this great post at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :)

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    Cherished Bliss
    Tuesday May 17th, 2011 at 03:57 AM

    Your coffee stencils were featured on my blog! Check it out, and this week’s linky is up too!

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    Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims
    Wednesday May 18th, 2011 at 02:26 AM

    Woah, this is such a good idea! You are so smart haha. love it!!

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Hope to see ya again this week :)

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    Marie {Make and Takes}
    Wednesday May 18th, 2011 at 08:34 PM

    These are so fun. It would be fun to make letters, a monogrammed topping!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Thursday May 19th, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Thank you for your sweet comment, Marie! Unfortunately I couldn’t reply in an email. I hope you still read this. :)

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    Christina {The Tattered Tag}
    Saturday May 21st, 2011 at 03:12 PM

    Hello Vanessa~

    Your stencil idea is so simple & clever!! I love it, the possibilites are endless… Thanks bunches for linking to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last Sunday. I look forward to seeing what you share tomorrow. :)


    Drop By The Tattered Tag

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    Nikki ~ Let's Craft!!
    Sunday May 22nd, 2011 at 07:15 PM

    I so have to get these for my friend who has the coffee shop at work. She will die!!!

    Would love for you to stop by to visit me… I am your newest follower!! Hope you follow back!!

    ~ Nikki

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    Desiree @ The 36th Avenue
    Monday May 23rd, 2011 at 07:59 AM

    I just want to let you know that I featured you on my blog. Come visit and button up! I hope you party at The 36th Avenue again ;)
    Here is the link:

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    Molly @ A Bit O' Shine
    Wednesday June 8th, 2011 at 04:09 AM

    I make something of an event out of my morning coffee so I will SO be trying this. So, so clever and fantastic.

    I don’t like strong coffee either, I always say I like my coffee best when it is mostly chocolate. ;)

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    Sunday June 12th, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    I love these! What a neat idea!

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    Kitten's Lost Her Mittens
    Friday June 17th, 2011 at 06:22 PM

    Such a clever idea, and it looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Saturday June 18th, 2011 at 03:46 PM

    Brilliant! I would love to be making these.…if we’re making some special drink, why not make it prettier! Thanks for inspiring me!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sunday June 19th, 2011 at 07:19 PM

    @ Charissa: Unfortunately there is no email address or website linked to your profile and I can’t reply.. I hope you’re still reading this. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! :)

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    Kaitlin Saenz
    Friday July 15th, 2011 at 07:00 PM

    This is so cute! I’m dying for a cap! Thanks so much for linking it up to my {re}create into something new blog party! Hope to see you next week for some more awe inspiring transformations!

    Kaitlin–The Not So Simple Housewife

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    Monday August 1st, 2011 at 01:37 PM

    This is so neat, great idea and use for lids. Love my coffee!

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    Thursday June 7th, 2012 at 02:06 PM

    These coffee stencils are pretty darn awesome!

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