You’ll find that many kitchens and bathrooms contain a cup. Some people use the same cup or glass, all day long, to get drinks of water from the kitchen. Some people have a plastic cup they keep in the bathroom so kids can easily rinse their mouths when brushing their teeth. You can make a fun and easy cup holder for the bathroom or kitchen by starting with a Styrofoam disk. There are several different ways to make the cup holder and none of them are expensive at all.
You’ll find ordinary Styrofoam disks in a variety of sizes at any craft store. Select the one you want to make the simple cup holder. Paint the disk the color you want to coordinate with your existing bathroom décor. Be sure that the paint you select is compatible with Styrofoam; some paints will melt it so it’s important to check the label or check with a clerk. You might need to paint the disk more than once to get the coverage and depth of color you want. Paint both sides of the disk as well as the sides.
You’ll need to cut a hole in the disk to make room for the cup. Set the desired cup on the Styrofoam disk and draw around it. If the cup is one that is the same in diameter, all the way from the top to the bottom, cut the hole out so that it is just the size of the cup. If the cup is one that gets larger towards the top, cut the hole to be slightly larger around than the circle you’ve drawn. You’ll find it really easy to cut Styrofoam if you use a serrated knife. Cut an old candle with the knife first, to transfer some of the paraffin to the blade, and you’ll get a smooth, accurate cut.
In addition to the disk you’ll also need some short wooden dowels. They’re sold in packs of several, in different lengths and diameters, at the craft store. You’ll need three or four dowels. To assemble the cup holder simply glue the dowels to the bottom of the disk. Space them so that they’re equally apart and you’re done!
You can make a different cup holder by using a separate disk. Use it as the base, glue the dowels to it, then position the other disk on top of the dowels. The base can even be a different shape; it can be square or even oval. With this design, a cup that’s the same size from one end to the other won’t fall through the hole of the first disk. Also with this design, you can use wooden skewers instead of dowels, just use more of them and place them closer together.
You can use fake jewels, buttons or other trinkets to decorate around the edges of the disk(s), if you want. Or, glue beads on top of the disk – near the edge – to create an even different look. The finished cup holder is easy to make and handy to have in the bathroom or kitchen.