Making a Paper Cup and String Telephone

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April 12, 2020

Paper Cup and String Telephone - two young children talking on the phoneThis craft I'm going to demonstrate is something that we used to play with back in the days when the internet and gadgets did not exist. As quarantine days extend, let's find ways to teach kids simple crafts to cheer them up and make them active instead of exposing them too much to gadgets.



  • 2 paper cups (we used tin cans back in the days)
  • at least 1 meter string or longer
  • scissors
Paper Cup and String Telephone - supplies


  1. Make a small hole in the center of each paper cup bottom.
  2. Paper Cup and String Telephone - hole in the bottom of the cups
  3. Extend your string as long or far as your preferred distance. Cut it.
  4. Paper Cup and String Telephone - length of string
  5. Insert one end of the string into the hole of one paper cup.
  6. Paper Cup and String Telephone - string pushed through the hole from the bottom
  7. Tie a knot on the tip to lock and keep it from detaching from the cup.
  8. Paper Cup and String Telephone - tie a knot on the end inside the cup

  9. Insert the other end to the second cup. Do the same.
  10. Paper Cup and String Telephone - repeat with the other end
  11. It's done. Now, you can also draw or decorate the cups as you wish.
  12. It's ready for use. For better results pull them apart until the string extends its maximum distance. To play, place one cup on your mouth as you talk and let your friend listen on the other end. The sound of your voice will be heard on the other end and it really works amazingly.
  13. Paper Cup and String Telephone - kids playing with the cup phone
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