My kids and I were driving around in our car the other day when we realized that we didn’t have any cup holders.

This was a problem because my kids like to drink drinks while they’re driving, and they can’t do that if they don’t have anywhere to put their drinks. We thought about buying some cup holders from the store, but then we realized that we could just make our own DIY cup holders.

So we got to work. We took some old cardboard boxes and cut them into the shape of cup holders. Then we taped them to the back of the car seat so that my kids could put their drinks in them. They were really excited about this, and they started using them right away.

It was a lot of fun making these DIY cup holders, and my kids loved using them. Now they can drink their drinks while they’re driving without having to worry about where to put them. Thanks, DIY cup holders!

A cup holder comes in handy when trying to balance a drink and drive/walk/sit simultaneously. And while you can buy one at any convenience store, why not try making your DIY version and save some money while adding a personal touch to your cup holder?

Homemade DIY Cup Holder Plans, Ideas & Designs

1. Cup, Cup Holder – Simple, Unique and Useful

Cup, Cup Holder - Simple, Unique and Useful

A cup holder is a small, but essential, item in any home or car. Not only does it provide a place to set your drink while you’re working in the kitchen or relaxing in the living room, but it also helps to prevent spills and messes.

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2. Cupholders DIY

Cupholders DIY

When choosing a cup holder, it’s important to select a material that is sturdy and easy to clean. Wood and metal are both good choices, as they are durable and can be wiped down with a damp cloth if necessary. If you have young children or pets, you may also want to choose a cup holder that is slightly elevated, as this will help to prevent accidental tipping. By taking the time to select a well-made cup holder, you can help to keep your home clean and tidy.

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3. Pipe Mounted Cup Holder

Cup Holder

When you’re working with a material for the first time, it’s always a good idea to cut it to the size and shape you need before you start your project. That way, you can make sure that you have enough of the material and that it will fit in the space you have available. You can also avoid waste and save yourself time and effort down the road. So, before you start your next project, take a few minutes to plan ahead and cut the material to the desired size and shape. It’ll make your life a lot easier in the long run.

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4. Airport Tug Cup Holder

Airport Tug Cup Holder

As any homeowner knows, the details are what makes a house a home. Small touches, like a fresh coat of paint or a vase of flowers, can personalize a space and make it feel warm and inviting. The same is true for your car. 

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5. 3-D Printed Coffee Cup Holder

3-D Printed Coffee Cup Holder

Cup holders are helpful because they provide a secure place to hold beverages while you’re on the go. They can be used in cars, boats, airplanes, and many other places. Cup holders free up your hands for other tasks and make it easier to transport a beverage with you. Having cup holders around is also beneficial when it comes to preventing spills and messes. 

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6. Napkin Cup Holder

Napkin Cup Holder

They offer an extra layer of protection for your drinks, which is especially useful if you’re traveling in a car or on a boat. Cup holders also provide a means to separate beverages from other items, such as food, that could cause contamination. This helps keep everyone safe and healthy while they’re on the go.

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7. Cell Cup Holder

Cell Cup Holder

Cup holders can also be a great way to organize and store beverages, ensuring that everything is within reach when needed. Finally, cup holders offer a convenient solution for those who don’t have enough hands to carry all their belongings with them. 

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8. Adirondack Chair Cup Holder

Adirondack Chair Cup Holder

With simple cup holders, you can easily transport multiple drinks without having to juggle them in your hands. For these reasons, cup holders can be a highly useful addition to any vehicle or space.

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9. Ultimate Car Cup Holder

Ultimate Car Cup Holder

You can also find cup holders that fit in standard drinkware such as cups or mugs, as well as specialty cup holders that are designed for travel mugs or cans. No matter what type of holder you need, there is likely a model that will work for you.

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10. Miss La Sen Take Away Coffee Cup Holder

Miss La Sen Take Away Coffee Cup Holder

Cup holders can also be purchased in a variety of styles, materials, and colors to match the look and feel of your car or other space. They are designed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. With so many options available, you will be sure to find the perfect cup holder for your needs.

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11. The Anywhere Cup Holder That Glows in the Dark

The Anywhere Cup Holder That Glows in the Dark

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12. Helical Coffee Cup Holder – Helicupder!

Helical Coffee Cup Holder - Helicupder!

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13. How to Make a Magnetic Cup Holder!

There are several different types of cup holders that you can use depending on your needs. There are cup holders that fit in the car’s ashtray, cup holders that clip onto the car’s dashboard, and cup holders that attach to the car’s seat.

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15. Adding A DIY Cup Holder To My Camping Chair!

How to make a DIY cupholder (my method)

While there are endless ways to DIY a cup holder, this post will show you two simple methods to make a cup holder. This project is perfect for anyone who likes to DIY, and you’ll need a few materials that you probably already have around the house. So let’s get started!

Method 1: Using a Plastic Container

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

For this project, you’ll need:

  • A plastic container (like a yogurt or butter container)
  • Scissors or a box cutter
  • A drill
  • A saw
  • Some wood screws
  • A piece of plywood
  • some sandpaper

If you don’t have all of these materials on hand, don’t worry—you can easily find them at your local hardware store.

Step 2: Cut the Plywood to Size

Using your saw, cut the plywood into a rectangle about 12 inches wide by 6 inches long. Once you’ve cut the plywood to size, use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges.

Step 3: Drill Holes for the Screws

Next, use your drill to create four holes in the plywood—two on each side. These holes will be used to attach the cup holder to the surface it will be mounted on.

Ensure that the holes you drill are big enough for the screws you use. We recommend using screws that are at least 1/2 inch in diameter.

Once you’ve drilled the holes, set the plywood aside for now.

Step 4: Make the cupholder

Take your plastic container and cut off the bottom portion, so it’s just a cylinder shape with an open top. Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges.

Then, use your drill to create holes in the plastic cylinder that line up with the holes in the plywood. These holes will be used to attach the plastic cup holder to the plywood base.

Step 5: Assemble Your Cup Holder

Now it’s time to attach the cup holder to your chosen surface. If you’re attaching it to a wall or cabinet door, we recommend using screws and wall anchors for added stability.

However, if you’re attaching it to a tabletop or other piece of furniture, regular wood screws should suffice.

Start by screwing two screws into the holes on one side of the cup holder. Then, holding the cup holder in place, screw the remaining two screws on the opposite side.

If everything looks level and secure, congratulations—you’re done! Now, all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy your handiwork.

Method 2: Using Paper Rolls

Materials Needed:

  • One empty toilet paper roll
  • A hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • A sharp knife (adult supervision is required if children are completing this project)
  • Scissors
  • Paint or markers (optional)
  • Ribbon or string (optional)

Step 1: Shape the Roll

Cut the toilet paper roll in half using a sharp knife. If you are doing this project with young children, an adult should handle this step. If you use paint or markers, now is the time to decorate the outside of the toilet paper roll halves.

Set the toilet paper rolls aside to dry if you are using paint. If you are using markers, proceed to step two.

Step 2: Glue the Rolls

Hot glue one end of each ribbon or string piece to the inside of one of the toilet paper roll halves. The other end of the ribbon should be left unglued for now. Repeat this step for as many cup holders as you would like to make.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

Once the glue has dried, use scissors to trim any excess ribbon from the top of the cup holder.

You now have a functional and stylish cup holder for yourself or to give as a gift.


Making a cup holder is a quick and easy project requiring only a few materials. Plus, it’s a great way to solve the problem of where to put your drink while working on a project or during other activities. Follow the steps above to learn how to make your cup holder today.