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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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  • 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.



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


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.


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



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





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


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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