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Make Desk Organizing Cups with PVC

Here is a super-cute storage idea that can be made for very little money… Though $24.95 for the original isn’t bad, it only comes in three colors. For less than $10.00 including paint, you can make desk organizing cups with PVC in whatever color you want to match your decor plus the number of cubbies are entirely up to you!

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Materials:

  • PVC pipe – I used 2″, 1-1/2″, 1-1/4″
  • Cardboard
  • Liquid Nails
  • Spray Paint

I used a miter saw (or you can use a handsaw and miter box) to cut the pipe in random lengths. I cut a 30 deg. bevel at one end of each pipe.

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I used spray paint (Valspar in Gloss Frosty Berry) and painted each piece separately.

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Once the pieces were dry, I arranged the pieces in a manner I was happy with – not an easy task – then glued the pieces together with dabs of Liquid Nails.

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For the bottom, I put the entire assembly on a piece of cardboard and drew around the outside of the cubbies.

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I cut it out with scissors, dabbed Liquid Nails on the bottom of the cubbies, and attached it to the cardboard.

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Voila!  All done and ready for use on my daughter’s desk…

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It is so easy and inexpensive to make desk organizing cups with PVC – the cups can be edged with washi tape for a sort of whimsical look or paint each pipe a different color. Taller pipes can be used for organizing paint brushes, as well. The organizer would also make an awesome gift… Have any questions about the organizer? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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