Solo cup holder plans

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Party Cup and Marker Holder - Quick DIY

Over the holidays, we had a couple parties. One big problem with parties is people putting down their cups and not knowing which one is theirs. So, I made a plastic cup holder with a sharpie hole. It's basically a box with a hole. I have basic printable plans available for free in the link above.

PS: If you like what I'm doing, help me buy more clamps, you can never have enough:


1x4 - 2 foot section

1/4 inch panel material - plywood, hardboard, etc,


Wood Glue


Table Saw or Circular Saw

Miter Saw or Circular Saw

1/2 inch Forstner Bit


I started out by cutting down the sides of the box so they're long enough to allow a standard size plastic party cup to fit in. Ideally you want the shape to be a square, so you cut one side and then either add or subtract 2x the thickness of your wood for the perpendicular sides. The measurements are down below, the bottom piece, in gray is a 4.75” x 4.75” square.

Next, I used the table saw to cut a groove in each side for to bottom of the box to sit in. I'm using a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and my blade width is 1/8 of an in so I'll need to make 1 pass, slide the fence over a blade width and make a second pass.

Rip down you panel piece into a 4.75” x 4.75” square as shown above. Give it a test fit and either adjust the width of the groove or the dimensions of the panel.

I put some wood glue in all of the grooves and on all 4 edges of the short pieces and clamped it together.

For the sharpie holder, I'm using a 1/2 inch forstner bit to drill a 2-3 inch hole.

After that, fill all the holes with wood filler, sand paint, and you're ready to party.

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How many times have you gotten together with friends or family, and struggled to keep everyone's plastic drink cups in order? Or worse yet, tried to keep up with a Sharpie so everyone can write their name on their cup? It's impossible! 

Or at least, it USED TO BE. :) 

Check out our simple Wooden Solo Cup Holder. Perfectly sized to fit a standard sized Solo-style drink cup, and a hole for your Sharpie-style marker, so it always stays with the cups. Perfect for cookouts, dinners, parties, tailgates, family gatherings or anywhere people get together. 

We love to make these, but we wanted to show you how to do it yourself, if you have the urge. 

Our materials and tools include: 

  • 2, 1X4 4 inches long sides 
  • 2, 1X4 5 ½ inches long sides 
  • 1, ¾” plywood 4X4” bottom 
  • 1” brads 
  • Wood Glue 
  • Paint (your color choice) 
  • Brush 
  • 3/8” Drill 
  • ½” Drill Bit 
  • Chop Saw 
  • Sander 
  • Sandpaper (150 grit) 

Start by cutting the sides and bottom. Sand well. 

Now put it all together. The longer (5 ½”) sides overlap the ends of the shorter (4”) sides. Use a bead of wood glue on the ends, then secure it with a couple of brads where they all meet. 

Now set the bottom into place and secure it with brads. Two on two opposing sides is plenty. 

That completes the box! 

Take your ½” bit (I prefer a paddle bit) and drill a hole aprox 2” deep, halfway across the top of one of the long sides. Be very careful to center the bit on the board. With your bit being ½” and the side being just ¾”, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for error. 

HINT: Using a drill press for this step (above) will help ensure an accurate and straight bore. But you can easily eyeball it with a handheld drill. 

After that, make sure everything is sanded well, wipe the dust off, then apply your paint. Don’t worry about the bottom, since it will never be seen. 

Let it dry for a few hours. Then when everything is dry, we like to give ours a light sanding, concentrating on the corners and edges. This gives a nice worn look to things. 

You can spray a coat of matte or gloss clear over everything, but you don’t have to. We don’t. 

And that’s it! Put your cups in and stick the Sharpie in the hole and you’re ready for business. 

If you want, you can apply decals. Or use stencils (or freehand) to add lettering or images to yours. Maybe your favorite team logo. Maybe a name or short quote. The rules are yours to make up! 

And…if you’d like to buy any finished Cup Holders from us, please check them out in our online store at

And for even more info on how to build, check out our YouTube video at



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It’s 10 on the 10th! Every month on the 10th, a group of lifestyle bloggers get together and share ideas for under $10.00. This month’s theme is Summer Party! While there haven’t been a ton of parties going on here at the Castle, there have been a few small gatherings. And one thing that always makes me crazy is that the solo cups get knocked over and you can never find where someone left the Shapie marker. So I’m taking matters into my own hands and making a Solo cup holder!

wooden box

Normally I would have The Hubs make a box for me, however I found this box at Hobby Lobby.

With my 40% off coupon it cost $4.79!

wood filler, wooden box

Before painting the box, I filled the staple holes with wood filler.

wooden box, glue, beads

I added feet to the bottom of the box by gluing on 4 wooden beads.

Don’t you just love E6000 glue?

It works on almost everything!

wooden box with metal clip

Next, I attached a metal clip to the outside of the box to hold my Sharpie.

No more excuses as to where the elusive marker went!

white spray paint

Once the glue and the wood filler was dry, I gave it a light sanding.

Then it was time to paint.

cutting a dowel rod

At this point I could have called it good and been done.

However, I saw that there was room in the back of the box for straws.

I cut a dowel rod the width of the box interior.

painting a dowel rod

Once the dowel rod was in place, I painted it white to match the box.

solo cup holder

This solo cup holder is finished and ready to party!

I’m thrilled that the glasses have a home and hopefully we won’t be on a constant hunt for a marker!

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Easy Party Cup Holder with Marker

This Easy Party Cup Holder is the perfect way to make sure your guests keep track of their beverages! No wood working tools need for this super easy project. Make sure to check out more Cricut party projects at the end!

If you’ve ever been to or hosted a large party, you know how ridiculously hard it is to keep track of your beverage sometimes. You grab a beverage and then set it down to talk to someone…and your cup is never seen again!

As inconvenient as it is to lose your cup at a party, the environmental impact is even worse! We’ll sometimes go through 2-3 times the amount of plastic cups at events because everyone keeps grabbing a new one.

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Save Your Cup (World)

This Party Cup Holder will totally help keep your plastic cup usage down to a minimum. It has a marker hole so that all your guests can easily mark their name on their cup. No more worrying about your marker running off!

The best part about this tutorial? Outside of drilling the marker hole, there’s no woodworking necessary! The 6×6 Wood Pallet Art Canvas is perfect when you flip it over and use the backside.

Supplies needed


Apply a few coats of white paint to the wood pallet. This step is optional and totally customizable. If you decide to change out the color, I suggest sticking with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint because the vinyl tends to adhere better to it. Allow to dry completely.

Once dry, use a 1/2″ drill or paddle flat bit to make the hole for your permanent marker. If you don’t want to pull out your drill, you could also use a 1/2″ Pipe Strap screwed into the side of the holder.

Cut desired wording out of Cricut Everyday Iron-On vinyl. Apply to the front of the Party Cup Holder with Cricut EasyPress Mini. You can grab my “Mark Your Cup” wording file over on Design Space if you want!

And there you have it! Use the Party Cup Holder any time you’re having guests over and you won’t have to worry about excess plastic cup usage.

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