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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    Mary Hayes says:

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

    Becca says:

    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

    I love this! Simple and pretty 🙂

    Sylvie says:

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

    What a fun DIY Bri… love this idea!

    Chelsea & The City

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

    Valerie C says:

    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

    maggie says:

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

    Molly says:

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

    Rossana says:

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

    Jessiey777 says:

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

    Maru says:

    This is such a great idea! Very creative!

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

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

    Jac says:

    This is such a great DIY! I love it!

    Robyn says:

    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.

    Robyn says:


    Erin says:

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

    nuha says:

    Girls with drill guns make me happy! #girlpower

    Awesome DIY. What a creative way to use dowels!

    Anna S. says:

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

    Deeyarah says:

    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

    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).

    Sara Dowle! says:

    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!

    Natalia says:

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

    Jennifer S says:

    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.

    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 🙂

    Regina says:

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

    Catherine says:

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

    Allison says:


    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!


    I says:

    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?

    Shelley says:

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

    Shelby says:

    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!!!

    Jane says:

    This speaks to me!

    lori jones says:

    @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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