DIY Kiddie Cup Caddy

Please tell me I'm not the only mommy that's 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!!
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.
I predrilled my bottoms and sides (since I was using button brads for a little more personalization) For more info on this step, hop on over to my blog!
I made the bottom board out of a scrap piece of wood and some spare 1/2 round molding. Here's the finished product!!! Finally we have cup containment!!
For more details and a few handy tips on finishing this project, please be sure to head over to If you have any questions, ask away :-) Thanks a bunch!! xo

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  • Esther
    on Feb 13, 2020

    I'm going to make this for our pool parties. Same issues with adults forgetting where they left their cups Plan to use larger pipe caps to accommodate those red plastic drinking glasses. Turn them upside down to fit in the caps. Attach a Sharpie or 2 to the tray, so that everyone can write their names on the glasses.

  • Cutthroat Charity
    Cutthroat Charity
    on Feb 13, 2020

    While I don't have any kiddos running around, this idea really sparked my brain pan! Like Esther, above, I'm going to do this for my adult gatherings! There are many great ideas on here for condiment/utensil picnic keepers on Hometalk, but I haven't been able to find/don't have the componets for the ones I like (like an old wooden tool tote). By using a bit taller cuts of wider PVC instead of the caps, & some E-6000 to attach the base, maybe adding a couple drawer handles, & I'll have a matching picnic keeper that'll be easily portable! Thank you for the great idea & the inspiration!

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