This hanging cup dispenser can be placed just about anywhere you need it… kitchen, bathroom, even on the fridge if it has a water dispenser. It’s part of our matching Contemporary Kitchen Craft series and shows just how many awesome and useful things you can make upcycling plastic soda bottles. It also shows how cool they can look! If you’re looking for other awesome ideas for your kitchen, check out our Outdated Kitchen Transformation posts! To view this entire set visit our Contemporary Kitchen Craft Series page.
Kitchen Craft Cup Dispenser Supplies
- Tall slim bottles. (2 per container) Straight sided. We used Clear American Ice from Walmart. 17 oz.
- Masking Tape
- X-acto Knife
- Dry Erase Marker
- Hot glue or Tacky Glue
- Free Label Download
- Rustoleum Satin Seaside (this link is to gloss as they didn’t have satin)
- Dixie Cups 3 0z
Gather your supplies. Be sure to remove the label and sticky residue from your soda bottle.
Wrap a piece of masking tape around the base of the bottle just above the curve.
Place the mouth of the bottle into a Dixie cup. (Or whichever cup you will be dispensing). Trace around the lip of the cup with a dry erase marker.
This line will be a reference for your cut line. Do not cut this line!
Using an X-acto knife, cut along the masking tape at the other end of the bottle, removing the base. Keep both parts!
Now that the bottom is removed from the bottle, we will remove the mouth.
Draw a line around the mouth of the bottle that is 1/4 inch up from the previous line. Then, using an X-acto knife, cut along this line, removing the top of the bottle.
Using scissors, cut in towards the initial dry erase line as you circle the opening. Slits should be roughly 1/4″ apart.
Take the bottom of the bottle and make similar slits around the opening. These should be 1″ apart.
Once cut, the base should easily slip into the large opening of the bottle, creating a removeable “lid”.
Now we’re ready to paint! Place masking tape around the combined bottle and ‘lid’ roughly 3 inches from each end. Cover the center with a paper towel to prevent over-spray.
Spray paint both ends of the bottle in the color of your choice. Let dry thoroughly.
Once dry, remove the masking tape.
Remove the ‘lid’ from the bottle and ensure that the slits in the base of the bottle are not stuck together from the paint.
Download and print the label via the link above. Cut out the label.
Apply hot glue to the back of the label and place on the front of the bottle. Center the label vertically in the clear, unpainted space.
Fill with cups and insert the lid to protect contents from moisture and debris. Simply pull the Dixie cups one at a time from the bottom of the container to dispense. Refill as needed.