Top
NEED STAGING OR DECORATING HELP?

KEEP THE FRESH IDEAS COMING TO YOU!

DIY Kiddie Cup Caddy

Ok y’all, please tell me I’m not the only mommy overwhelmed and often times completely frustrated with how many cups my kiddos go through in one day!? We have 5 kids + us makes 7. Seven cups is a lot, but trust me when I tell you, washing 14 cups, often times more, is ALOT ALOT. Sure we have a dishwasher, but the issue is moreso that no one can remember who’s taken what cup. When in doubt, go grab another!? Ummmm, no!! We end up with a counter and table full of partially full cups with no owners which results in a ton of waste and lots more washing. Check out my solution! The DIY Kiddie Cup Caddy!!

Here’s what I used, but of course you can make this as easy or as detailed as you’d like. I picked up (6) 3in. PVC pipe caps from Lowe’s. There were lots of options, but I really wanted something that was fully enclosed on the bottom just in case the cups leaked, spilled or sweat. I went with chalkboard stickers, a chalk pen and a cute little package of multicolored button brads from Michael’s (don’t forget to use a their 50% off coupon code for online purchases by typing in SPOOKY50 at check out between now and 10/11/2014). I used a piece of scrap wood that was 9 1/4 x 12 and .75in screws.
image

I started out just drilling the holes with a drill bit, but remembered I’d selected countersink screws. No biggie. I just switched out drill bit for a 1/8 in countersink bit and re-drilled. BTW, I chose to countersink the screws so they would be as flush with the plastic as possible in order for flat bottom cups to sit straight and not wobble. Each PVC cap had a dead center, so it saved me from having to measure and mark. I was drilling in my dining room, so to avoid damaging my table, I simply stacked two caps and drilled the top.
image

For those of you who are unfamiliar with countersinking, here’s the difference. The left is just a plain old circular hole made with a regular drill bit. The right is countersunk so around the hole, there is a little rim for the top of the screw to rest in instead of on top of like it would do on the left.
image

I painted the base in Fusion’s Ingelnook because it’s such an awesome, high quality, as water resistant as you’d expect a high quality acrylic paint to be, kinda paint. After thinking it over though, I was feeling like the board looked a little plain, so I decided to cut some leftover 1/2 round trim to give it a more finished look. I didn’t bother nailing it on. I used Gorilla wood glue, filled the small gap with Bondo, painted and called it a day!
image

As for the cute little button brads, I also predrilled for those. Instead of measuring every cap, I applied a chalkboard sticker and then drilled my holes. I used the same sticker for measuring each cup. Why you ask, did I not just leave the sticker on? Well, I could have, but…I happened to test out writing a name on one of the stickers and then applying it. Well, they’re chalk markers, so after applying it and having to handle the cup to drill, I found that the marker smudged a little. It’s also LOADS easier to write on a flat surface rather than a curved one for me, but if you’ve got skills like that, GO FOR IT!
image

Here’s my final product!! Finally we have cup containment!!
image

image

image

Now…a few TIPS!
1. The cups tend to have little nubs on them from the injection molding process and from drilling. Soften them by using a 220 grit sanding block. It’s also a good idea to do this if you plan on spray painting them.

2. Make sure you give the cups a good wash before you apply your stickers.

3. Add a little “grip” to the bottom of your caddy by applying plastic cabinet door stops. You can also use felt bottom so it doesn’t scuff your table top.

4. Make sure to give your kiddos “kiddie cup caddy” orientation so they know why it’s there and what it’s there for!

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave me a comment! Feel free to PIN and share! Thanks a bunch for stopping by!

Client Love

Dorrie is a wonderful resource for realtors/sellers/homeowners really anyone! She is responsive and knowledgeable - highly recommend her!

Anna Powell

2019-12-27T16:54:51+00:00

Anna Powell

Dorrie is a wonderful resource for realtors/sellers/homeowners really anyone! She is responsive and knowledgeable - highly recommend her!

I was selling my townhome that actually sold in less than 2 weeks, and I really think with Dorrie helping...

Roni-Veronica Williams Ganoe

2019-12-27T16:55:24+00:00

Roni-Veronica Williams Ganoe

I was selling my townhome that actually sold in less than 2 weeks, and I really think with Dorrie helping me stage it made such a big difference! She came in and helped me so much, just when you think your house is not cluttered or everything is perfect it’s not, then someone like dorrie comes in and really has the knowledge to help you out, answer questions, stage it to look so beautiful, great with colors, furniture, you name it! I wish I could take her to Charlotre with me to stage my next home. Thank you so much for sending her my way! She is definitely amazing at her job!

Everyone that toured our house complemented the decor. Our house was warm and bright and I owe the welcoming and...

Dana P Carroll Lucas

2019-12-27T16:59:41+00:00

Dana P Carroll Lucas

Everyone that toured our house complemented the decor. Our house was warm and bright and I owe the welcoming and offers to Dorrie’s expertise. She was kind in recommending what belongings worked best for staging and made realistic suggestions for purchasing props or minimal repairs and painting. She was accessible for my questions even down to the final hours. I completely recommend Simple Southern Charm for your home decorating and staging.
This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No connected account.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to connect an account.