DIY Motivational Measuring Cups (to encourage portion control!)

When I went on my weight loss adventure in 2011, I found one of the best ways to track my portions accurately, every-time I wanted to snack – was to eat straight from a measuring cup.


I kid you not!

And let me tell you, it DOES work. You can have peace of mind knowing you’re getting the exact amount the nutrition label lists per serving, and it also trains you to “eyeball” your portions later on. Eyeballing makes dieting and eating healthy feel less like you’re dragging yourself around in chains, because you’re hardly having to think about the size/weight/measurement of your food.

But let’s be honest – holding a measuring cup can look a little awkward, even when we’re chowing down by ourselves. It’s a cooking utensil! That’s why I decided to improve upon this little habit of mine by spicing up the outer appearance of my cups – and adding a mood boosting statement of support on the handle. I can’t wait to hear/see what mood boosting lines you come up with! Be sure to leave a link/picture to your motivational cup in the comments below, because I have a special surprise for those who are willing to showcase their creations on my blog.


What you’ll need:

  • Measuring Cups
  • Decorative Duct Tape, or in a pinch, pretty band-aids (you’re using them for their grip and color, don’t be grossed out!)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint (optional)
  • Fancy paper, gems, beads, ribbon or whatever you’d like to spice it up (optional)
  • Black Marker for writing – but I recommend printing out your quote, it makes it look so much nicer. I didn’t do this on this particular one of course, tsk tsk on me!



Start by wrapping duct tape or decorative band-aids around the handle for a comfort grip. Make sure you cover any open spots, and cut your tape to size for an even look.



If you’re planning on using your cup for anything other than easy clean up (dry snacks, where the crumbs wipe right out) that would require washing the whole thing, perhaps consider using a ceramic cup with paints and a craft sealant that’s safe for dishes instead. The materials needed for submersible cups will be different.  Click here and here for ideas.

Otherwise, start cutting to size your paper decor and attach however you desire using a nontoxic glue. Let dry.


Mood Bosting Line.

Design a motivational, encouraging, mood boosting quote. It can be as simple and goofy as “Hi, Sexy” or a few sentences long. Take as much time as you want!

Glue the quote in the center of the handle. If you want, add any glitter, gems, or additional decorations around it. No, I promise we’re not in grade school. We’re having fun. 😉 Let dry.




It’s always nice to have a reminder in our hand when we look down to grab our next piece of yumminess, that we’re doing a good job and it’s not going unnoticed. Even if to just get a chuckle out of yourself! So the next time you’re at the movies with your sweetie, and he hands you the popcorn tub, whip out your little friend and scoop out a serving. Looking down at that colorful message might just improve your day!

Love in Him,


2 thoughts on “DIY Motivational Measuring Cups (to encourage portion control!)

  1. Very cute! If I want to portion-control my snacks, I usually grab one of my kids’ plastic bowls, which I think is about 1/2 cup size. But now, you’re making me think I should actually measure it, just to make sure. 🙂

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