DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

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.


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!




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.




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

81 thoughts on “DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder

  1. I don’t have a pallet but I have extra wood pieces. Im curious if the boards there in front, are they measuring 3 inches maybe 4 inches. Same with top board 6 inch? I think I can possibly pull this off without a pallet. thanks

  2. Very nice looking, ty for the good directions. I know what you mean about a supportive husband for all the projects!

  3. Okay, I LOVE coffee, but I LOVE this more! This is such an awesome idea and I’m in love with the simple, elegant stencil. I’ve featured this post on my blog and wanted to share the bloggy love so that everyone can see how great this is!

    Thanks for rockin’ the inspiration!

  4. I came across this image on pinterest and literally just finished making this! Before I came across your blog I, too, got the same exact hooks for $1.46 each at Lowes. My dad got the pallet from his work where it was leftover. My total for this project came out to $19.02. Great price for such a beautiful decor piece! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love this! I actually started a mug board just Saturday but I like this one so much better that now I want to start over. I found it through pinterest and then saw that you are from KC (how fun!) and I kept thinking that you and your husband look familiar- then I saw the post of your crochet blanket and realized I probably have seen you before! My daughter danced with Heather all through high school! Great blog, you are adorable. Thanks for sharing your mug board idea.

  6. About how far apart do you place the hooks? If I had to guess I would say 4 to 5″ but I am a precise person… Can you help me out here? Thank you! BTW Awesome idea! I am making one to free up some space in my cabinets!!!

      1. Is that enough space for larger coffee mugs? I drink my hot beverages in larger quantities, a 6-8oz mug just makes me mad

        1. It sort of depends on where you put your hooks and how large your pallet is. Larger mugs would definitely be able to hang on the bottom row.

        2. Tall mugs, or fat, I’m just curious because I’m on a limited income, so the cheaper things/materials are the better. Plus I live in a four room apartment. Cabinet space is a premium in my kitchen, this would be incredible as I have a LOT of coffee mugs!!!

  7. I just finished cutting and sanding the pallet. LOVE IT!!! Going to burn the letters on the top piece and attached the hooks today but as I’m holding it I am realizing its pretty heavy and its the same size as yours so I would assume its about the same weight as well. Did you feel like it would be too heavy for your wall?

    1. Yay! We just made sure and hung it on a stud and we used nails on the top and bottom back boards. 🙂

  8. I love this and want this in my kitchen!!! You did a great job on this project. I collect mugs and this would be a great place to hang them. Do you know anyone that makes them in the area? I am from Salina so not too far from KC.

    1. Thanks Andrea! I think there is someone that makes them in the area but I don’t know the name of their business.

  9. What a great project – I’m starting to add some more rustic touches to my casual country decor, and my husband keeps asking me to get rid of some coffee mugs so there’s more room in the cabinets. Win – win!!! Thanks for giving the dimensions. We probably already have enough scrap pieces to make one. Love it!

    1. I did not, but my dad keeps telling me I should! Using some sort of sealer is probably a good idea if your wood is pretty rough. You don’t want to get splinters when you’re trying to get your coffee!

  10. My husband and I did this project together and it looks great. Thanks for sharing. Its hard to find something we both get involved in, besides, now something hangs in our home that we did together.

  11. My sons travel a lot and they always bring me mugs from where they have been. Right now they are just in a display cabinet but I like your idea much better!!!! Thank you so much!

  12. This is so awesome! I have been wanting to do this but wasn’t sure how to hang it on the wall. I am so thankful that you put that part on it. Thank you!

  13. you could use small spoons as hooks. bend from the handle end to make the hook and screw through the spoons end. i do that on bird house i make. get the spoons cheap at places like Job Lot or at tag sales/flea markets,etc

  14. Hi!

    I’m an editor for BuzzFeed and I love your site! We’d love to include a photo from this post (with full credit and a prominent link back to the tutorial on your site) in a BuzzFeed roundup of easy organizing ideas.

    Would that be OK with you? Let me know, and thanks!

    Natalie Brown

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