DIY

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite projects to date!

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup HolderWe picked up a pallet off the side of the road when we were living in Springfield and I had been mulling over what to do with it for a while. I finally decided to use it to make a holder for all of our coffee cups! (Or at least some of them.)

This was actually a pretty easy project! We did it in two days, but we definitely could have done it in one.

Materials and Equipment:

  • Pallet
  • Hooks and screws
  • Paint, letter stencils, sponge brush (Optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Right angle ruler
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Circular Saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Screwdriver

First, a couple of notes: (1) You may want to power wash your pallet before you dive into this project since you’ll be hanging things that you drink out of on it! (2) I added the COFFEE detail on the top, but this is obviously optional! The top board was longer, so I decided to add some words instead of hooks.

Okay, let’s get started!

We used a fourth of the pallet, so first we decided which fourth looked the best and had the most stable and best-looking wood.

Pallet

We marked where we wanted to cut using a pencil and right angle ruler.

Pallet coffee cup holder

Next my dad cut where we had marked using a circular saw. ****Make sure to wear safety goggles****

Circular saw

Once you have your mini pallet, sand it down! How much you sand is up to you, but make sure it is smooth enough that you won’t get splinters when you hang up your coffee cups!

Sand it down

Next I painted COFFEE on the top. I used letter stencils and a sponge brush. I’m really happy with how it turned out! (Sorry I didn’t get a picture while I was doing it!)

Coffee cup pallet

Putting on the hooks was probably the most difficult part. Use a ruler (or tape measure) and pencil to mark exactly where you want the hooks to go, then drill them in. My hooks weren’t totally even, but once we hung the coffee cups you could hardly notice!

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

We bought these hooks at Lowes for $1.50 each, so we spent a little less than $20 on them. There were cheaper hooks, but I’m so glad we opted for these! I think they make it look really polished. Plus, this was the only material we had to buy for this project!

DIY Coffee Cup Holder

DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

I love how well this project turned out! A big thanks to my dad for helping plan the project and for cutting the pallet, Brad’s dad Danny for advising us on how to hang it, and Brad for always being supportive of my projects and for drilling in the hooks!

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*******UPDATE********

I’ve had several questions about this project, so here are a few additional facts and tips!

The final “mini pallet” is 20.75″ x 25″. The top board is 5.5″ and the other 3 are 3.5″ tall. The stencil letters I used are 3″ tall.

Here are a couple of pictures of how we hung it up. As I mentioned in the comments, we kept one of boards on the back of the pallet and rested that on two nails in the wall.

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I hope that helps and makes things a little clearer! Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone!

DIY Shoemint-inspired flats

I’m really excited about this project. This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever made! (And I’ve made a lot of stuff over the years.)

A couple of weeks ago I spotted these shoes on A Beautiful Mess.

Frankie

So I followed the link to Shoemint and found that they called the Frankie and were $79.98 on sale for $39.99. Call me cheap, but I usually don’t spend that much on shoes unless they are boots or running shoes. I’m a bargain shopper. I sighed in disappointment and continued skimming my Bloglovin feed.

The next day Brad and I were out thrift shopping when I spotted a pair of plain white flats for $4 (they were Target brand). They were in great condition and in my size! I suddenly had a stoke…. of GENIUS (Producers anyone?) and remembered the shoes from the day before. I could totally upcycle these, I thought to myself. So I paid the $4 and stopped by Hobby Lobby on the way home for a fabric marker.

I ended up using a combination of a fabric marker and sharpies. I used a fine point sharpie to draw the design and a thicker sharpie and fabric marker to fill it in. I didn’t follow the design exactly and the back was difficult to see in the picture so I sort of made it up as a went. There are a few imperfections where I messed up, but that’s what gives it character, right?

This was a very time consuming project. It took me two nights to complete it. I probably spent about 4 hours on it, but it was worth it. I also decided to remove the laces because they fit fine without them. I really like how they turned out!

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TOMS Makeover

So I’ve had this pair of TOMS for a few years now.

I love my TOMS, but they’ve been in need of an upgrade for a while now. The navy blue has faded and the once-cream color has become a gross beige due to wearing them in the rain a few too many times. Unfortunately, I’m a college student and cannot afford a new pair of TOMS. So I started searching the internet for a tutorial for a TOMS make-over and I found these instructions for dying TOMS. I didn’t follow the instruction exactly, so here is how I dyed mine:

First I gathered my supplies: a 5-gallon bucket, Rit fabric dye, painters tape, and my TOMS.

I got black dye due to the dark stripes on my TOMS, but there were tons of other colors like red, turquoise, purple, and green. A pair of TOMS light in color could easily be dyed any of these colors. Extra bonus: the dye was only $1.88 at Walmart!

I covered the inside and the bottom to keep the original color. Unfortunately, the tape didn’t stay on very well later when they got wet, but maybe you can get the tape to stick better than I did. The dye didn’t seem to hurt the soles, though.

I wanted to keep the original color of the TOMS tags on the sides and on the back so I covered them with painters tape.

Next I poured the dye into the bucket and filled it with hot water.

I had to use gloves and be very careful when handling the dye, because it stains (obviously.)

I submerged the shoes and let them soak for 25 minutes. The instructions for the dye is to submerge the fabric for about 30 minutes. It really just depends on how deep a hue of the new color you want. The original color of the shoes will also affect how long they should be submerged.

I rinsed my TOMS first with hot water, then gradually to cold. I rinsed until no more dye is coming out.

Then I let them dry overnight.

The next day I machine washed them to make sure all of the dye is out before I started wearing them. I washed mine with a load of dark towels in case any dye bled out.

Once they were dry, my new shoes were ready to wear! They still have a hole in the toe, but now instead of cream and navy blue, they are dark purple/grey and black!