Coffee Cup Art Scene – Fall Cut File

Today I am excited to share a 3D papercraft project that is more than meets the eye! For all of you latte lovers, fall lovers, or lovers of both, I have an extra special design just for you. So, grab your caffeinated drink of choice, gather up some cardstock, and let’s make this coffee cup art scene together!

Coffee Cup Art Scene

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I just love designing projects that “aren’t what they seem.” So, when the idea of making a 3D coffee cup came to mind, I knew that I could take the project a step further. I decided to incorporate a layered fall scene within the cup, because who doesn’t enjoy a little latte art (wink)?

I sketched out a variety of ideas for the art scene but ultimately went with a mushroom forest because I really enjoyed the whimsy of it. There is also a chance that the mushrooms cropping up all over my yard right now served as inspiration as well.

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Watch a short video of me putting this project together on Instagram.

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Coffee Cup Art Scene

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Materials

Instructions

  • Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces of your coffee cup art scene.
    Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

Mushroom Forest

  • Start by layering together the mushroom forest pieces. Use foam tape between them in order to give the design more depth. If you don’t have foam tape, though, you may use glue.
    Don’t attach the top layer (the beige layer with three little mushrooms) just yet.

Assembling the Coffee Cup

  • Take your large, white piece and fold along the score lines. Then, on the interior, glue the five blue panels inside.
    Use the four tabs at the bottom to attach each side to the base.
  • Next, take the mushroom forest scene that you assembled previously and attach it to the inside of your coffee cup using hot glue. Leave a little space between the layered scene and the front tabs.
    Take your final mushroom scene layer and glue it to the front tabs, along with the last little decorative branches.
    With all of that in place, glue the six-sided white piece to the tabs on top of the cup.

Assembling the Lid

  • Gather the four dark brown pieces needed for the lid.
    Take the shorter of the two strips and fold along the score lines. Then, take the six-sided pieces that has slits in it, and slip the bottom tabs of strip in each one. Glue the down.
    Next, take the longer strip and fold along the score lines. Attach each of the tabs around the underside of the six-sided piece you were just working with. Glue the other six-sided piece to the remaining tabs on that strip.
    With the lid built, glue the whole thing to the top of your coffee cup. The long side will sit flush with the art scene side of the cup, but the rest will overhang from the lip of the cup.

Finishing Touches

  • Take your five decorative panels and attach them to the brown coffee cup sleeve. Fold the sleeve along the score lines and attach it to the front of the coffee cup with either foam tape or glue.
    Add a little piece of a cotton ball or some Poly-fil to the lip of the lid to look like steam (if you’d like), and your coffee cup art scene is complete!

Notes

When assembled, this project is about  3.5" wide, and  6.25" tall.

View the full-size tutorial photos below.

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces of your coffee cup art scene.

Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

 

Mushroom Forest

2. Start by layering together the mushroom forest pieces. Use foam tape between them in order to give the design more depth. If you don’t have foam tape, though, you may use glue.

Don’t attach the top layer (the beige layer with three little mushrooms) just yet.

 

Assembling the Coffee Cup

3. Take your large, white piece and fold along the score lines. Then, on the interior, glue the five blue panels inside.

Use the four tabs at the bottom to attach each side to the base.

4. Next, take the mushroom forest scene that you assembled previously and attach it to the inside of your coffee cup using hot glue. Leave a little space between the layered scene and the front tabs.

Take your final mushroom scene layer and glue it to the front tabs, along with the last little decorative branches.

With all of that in place, glue the six-sided white piece to the tabs on top of the cup.

 

Assembling the Lid

5. Gather the four dark brown pieces needed for the lid.

Take the shorter of the two strips and fold along the score lines. Then, take the six-sided pieces that has slits in it, and slip the bottom tabs of the strip in each one. Glue the down.

Next, take the longer strip and fold along the score lines. Attach each of the tabs around the underside of the six-sided piece you were just working with. Glue the other six-sided piece to the remaining tabs on that strip.

With the lid built, glue the whole thing to the top of your coffee cup. The long side will sit flush with the art scene side of the cup, but the rest will overhang from the lip of the cup.

 

Finishing Touches

6. Take your five decorative panels and attach them to the brown coffee cup sleeve. Fold the sleeve along the score lines and attach it to the front of the coffee cup with either foam tape or glue.

Add a little piece of a cotton ball or some polyfil to the lip of the lid to look like steam (if you’d like), and your coffee cup art scene is complete!

I am so pleased with how this project turned out! Besides the image I had in my head and the rough sketches I made, I didn’t have a great reference for this design. So, I’m really glad that it all came together in the way I had hoped.

Now I am trying to decide if I should make this a series. What do you think? Do we need a coffee cup for every season now? I think we might.

Coffee Cup Art Scene

I use Adobe Illustrator for all my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy making this lovely coffee cup art scene for yourself! I’d love to see your results, so be sure to share them with me by either tagging me on Instagram or by sharing your work in my Facebook Group.

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Coffee Cup Art Scene

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12 Comments

12 Comments on Coffee Cup Art Scene – Fall Cut File

  1. auntie em
    October 25, 2023 at 7:28 am (6 months ago)

    Beautiful design! May one for hot chocolate! <3
    Thank you! 🙂

    Reply
    • Mandee
      October 25, 2023 at 11:12 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you Auntie Em! It’s definitely getting to be a hot chocolate time of year. ☺️

      Reply
    • Cécile
      November 4, 2023 at 10:00 am (5 months ago)

      J’ai adoré réaliser ce modèle !!
      J’aimerais beaucoup pouvoir faire les autres saisons 😉
      Merci et bravo pour votre travail!

      Reply
      • Mandee
        November 6, 2023 at 10:04 am (5 months ago)

        Good to know! I think I will be working on a winter version of this design soon!!

        Reply
  2. Helen J Roberts
    October 25, 2023 at 8:36 am (6 months ago)

    5 stars
    What a creative way to look at coffee cups! I love everything about this, from the scenery to the steam venting out the top. This gives me so many ideas to try, using real coffee cups and designs. Thank you for sharing your wonderful visions.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      October 25, 2023 at 11:13 am (6 months ago)

      Aww, thank you Helen!! I’m so glad you appreciate all of these little details. 🥰

      Reply
  3. Lorey
    October 25, 2023 at 1:36 pm (6 months ago)

    We definitely need one for every season!

    Reply
    • Mandee
      October 26, 2023 at 5:02 pm (6 months ago)

      I’m so glad you think so!

      Reply
  4. Lester
    October 25, 2023 at 5:21 pm (6 months ago)

    I love this. And will try to make one when time allows. I also envisioned your creation using the nativity for a Christmas scene.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      October 26, 2023 at 5:02 pm (6 months ago)

      I’m glad you like it!! It would definitely be fun to do a Christmas version. ☺️

      Reply
  5. PamG
    October 26, 2023 at 12:10 am (6 months ago)

    5 stars
    I’ve often secretly wondered if coffee wasn’t made from mushrooms. The truth comes out.

    Reply
    • Mandee
      October 26, 2023 at 5:03 pm (6 months ago)

      We can’t hide anything from you, Pam! 😆

      Reply

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