MAKE IT / 47

if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a ton of coffee cups. some older and not so good looking ones i can’t part with for sentimental reasons and some really cute ones that deserve to be on display in the kitchen. jessica created a DIY that not only showcases those daily mugs of yours, but also doubles as cool wall art in your space. check it this 3-D wooden cloud…

what you’ll need:

• Dowels in various sizes (1/2”- 1 1/8”)
• White spray paint
• Gold paint (we used Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic craft paint)
• Sponge brush
• Elmer’s Glue-All (or wood glue)
• Three 1 ¼” white cup hooks
• 2 small screw eyes
• Safety glasses
• Drill
• Compound miter saw

• Wearing safety glasses, cut dowels in varying heights between ¾” to 2”. We used 125 pieces.

• Spray paint dowels white and then use sponge brush to dab gold paint onto one end.

• Glue about 75% of the dowels together in clusters, keeping unpainted ends flush with one another. Let clusters dry overnight.

• Drill small holes into two of the clusters and attach screw eyes. These will be used to hang the teacup holder.

• Arrange clusters in desired composition, with the screw eyes at the top. Glue the clusters together, adding additional dowels to fill in the gaps.  Let dry overnight.

• Decide where you would like the cups to hang, drill holes in the ends of three dowels, and screw in cup hooks.

• Hang on the wall using nails and display your favorite coffee cups!

what do you think? are you going to give this one a shot?

project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here



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  • 1. Mary Hayes  |  January 6th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    LOVE this! I am not much of a DIY person, but this one might just get tackled this weekend. So cute!

  • 2. Becca  |  January 6th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    This project is so pretty! I don’t have a good spot in my kitchen for this, but it would be amazing as a jewelry holder, or on a larger scale as a coat hanger! Definitely putting this on my to-do list!

    Ladyface Blog

  • 3. Victoria | Oh So Pretty  |  January 6th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I love this! Simple and pretty :)

  • 4. Sylvie  |  January 6th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Thanks! This is really neat. Where did you buy your saw?

  • 5. Chelsea Tubbs  |  January 6th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    What a fun DIY Bri… love this idea!

    Chelsea & The City

  • 6. Jessica Pezalla  |  January 6th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Sylvie: I bought the saw at Home Depot! Becca: I was thinking that it would make a great jewelry holder too!

  • 7. Valerie C  |  January 6th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    oh wow, that is SO creative. i could definitely see myself using it as a coffee cup holder or maybe even a coat/bag rack if the hooks are strong enough? great diy, thanks!

    xo, valerie @ lily on fillmore

  • 8. maggie  |  January 6th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    This is such a cute freakin’ idea! Love it.

  • 9. Molly  |  January 6th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    That is so creative! I bet it would be pretty to hang necklaces from, too.

  • 10. Rossana  |  January 6th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    nice project!
    Im interested at the arrows in the kitchen: is it a your project?

  • 11. Jessiey777  |  January 6th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great project!! Is the Elmer’s glue strong enough to hold up or would a hit glue gun work better? Thank you for posting!!

  • 12. Maru  |  January 6th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    This is such a great idea! Very creative!

  • 13. Molly {Dreams in HD}  |  January 6th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    such a clever DIY! and i agree with becca, this would look awesome as a coat rack!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • 14. Jac  |  January 6th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    This is such a great DIY! I love it!

  • 15. Robyn  |  January 6th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I too question if Elmer’s glue is strong enough. I will be making this with a few teaks to set my mine at ease.

  • 16. Robyn  |  January 6th, 2014 at 10:52 am


  • 17. Erin  |  January 6th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Love this DIY-I’m redoing my office and need a place to store everyone’s coffee cups, snacks, etc. Am so inspired!

  • 18. nuha  |  January 6th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Girls with drill guns make me happy! #girlpower

  • 19. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence  |  January 6th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Awesome DIY. What a creative way to use dowels!

  • 20. Anna S.  |  January 6th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I was just pinning coffee mug displays! I have way to many that are beautiful and shouldnt be crammed in a cabinet!

  • 21. Deeyarah  |  January 6th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Seriously? This makes my head spin and my hands clammy. Can you do a DIY on hanging pictures? Please!!!!

    This is clearly the advance class.

    – Dee

  • 22. Aileen@AtHomeinLove  |  January 6th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    ADORE this idea!!!!!!! 39 exclamation points could not express my enthusiasm. And I totally have some extra dowels too (what?! this project was made for me).

  • 23. Sara Dowle!  |  January 6th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I spotted you posting this project on Instagram – it looks like such fun, plus my surname is Dowle!! I’d definitely love to give this a go!

  • 24. Natalia  |  January 6th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    What a beautiful way to display your mugs, which are also very lovely themselves!

  • 25. Jennifer S  |  January 6th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    What a great idea! My boyfriend has a million cajillion coffee mugs and I have a few and they are taking up a huge shelf that I could really use for other things. If I could get some out that would be a huge help! Definitely will be looking into this one.

  • 26. Kayli Schattner  |  January 6th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    This looks like such a fun idea! Sometimes I feel like I don’t quite have the creative thumb but this looks easy enough for even me to do! Thanks for the suggestion :)

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  • 28. Regina  |  January 6th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I LOVE this! It seems so easy once you broke it down!

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  • 30. Catherine  |  January 7th, 2014 at 4:39 am

    this is so fricken amazing. i never thought i’d ever want to make a cup rack so bad in my life.

  • 31. Allison  |  January 7th, 2014 at 8:39 am


    I was just at Anthropologie the other day and they had a similar installation with fire logs. Love this idea – thanks so much for sharing!


  • 32. I  |  January 7th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Nice! But the mug with the golden dots…I have been looking for a mug _exactly_ like this one(!!!), without any luck, though….Could you tell me who make/sell these, please?

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  • 34. Shelley  |  January 7th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I’m all for craft times but this makes me think of cigarette butts.

  • 35. Shelby  |  January 8th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Do you think this might work with wine corks for the jewelry holder idea that has been thrown out, that is what I thought this was originally… that said I love it!!!

  • 36. Steph  |  January 11th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Such a good idea!



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    This speaks to me!

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    @shelby, this is what i was thinking ,too! i have a bag full of corks some cut in half and others not. now to figure out how to attach them to the wall.might try glueing them to a thin board then hang the board on the wall. thinking for a backsplash in my kitchen.woohoo!!!

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