Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY

Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial) As much as I love making items that are pretty or cute just for the sake of aesthetics (which is a totally valid reason to make something), there’s always a special satisfaction I get when I work on something that’s functional as well as easy on the eye. I wanted some sort of hanging organizer for my bathroom where I could store makeup brushes and other everyday makeup items, but the whole “hanging mason jar with leather straps” look has been done exactly one million and eleven times already. Been there, seen that. Obviously the concept of storing items in cups or jars isn’t new, but I wanted something a little more modern looking than mason jars that would still get the job done. I wondered if my copper Moscow mule cups would make a good organizer, but I didn’t know if I wanted to use a mug with a handle as my holder. Thankfully, it didn’t take much searching to find copper cups sans handles, and I was well on my way to the cute wall organizer of my dreams.

Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-wood board about 18″x 8″ and 3/4″ thick (You can make yours longer if you want more than 3 cups attached. Your local home improvement store should be able to cut you a similar size if you can’t find a board already sized to your liking.)
copper tumblers
-colored leather lace
-white semi-gloss paint
-sawtooth picture hangers
-staple gun (optional)

Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial)First, paint your board with a few coats of white paint. Place your cups on your board and stagger them as far apart as you like. I left more room at the top of the cups than the bottom so that they will look more evenly placed when there are items in the cups. Place a pen mark near the top of each cup on both sides so you’ll know where to drill your holes.

Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial)Drill each hole with a bit that’s just big enough for your leather lace to go through. Make a knot at one end of your lace, and thread the lace through the hole from the back. Wrap the leather around the top of your cup as many times as you’d like, thread it through the hole on the other side of the cup, and make another knot on the back side of the board to finish. If you wrap the lace around several times, make any crisscrosses on the back side of the cup so they are out of sight (this will make your front side appear neater).

Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial)Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial)If you have one, you can also use a staple gun to secure the beginning and end of each lace so your organizer will lay a little flatter on the wall when hung. Once all your cups are attached, you can install a few sawtooth picture hangers on the back, and your organizer will be ready to hang!

Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial)Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial) Leather + Copper Cup Organizer DIY (click through for tutorial) I had some items that were a little shorter than the makeup brushes (like the lip glosses), so I put a few inches of uncooked rice at the bottom of those cups to make the cup more shallow. Of course you can customize your organizer with whatever paint and cord color you like, but I think the teal is really pretty against the warm copper tones. I love that I can get a few things off my counter, free up some makeup drawer space, and add a cute detail to the wall (and it was pretty easy to make). I guess sometimes you can have it all! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I love this idea. I think this would help seeing as I don’t have much counter space at all in my bathroom..

  • The pops of blue in the bathroom are great together. As much as I love Mason jars, this is a modern, fresh take. The rice idea was great. I think I would use glass marbles as I could rinse them off when dusty!

  • The copper cups are gorgeous! They are so lovely! I find the idea for using them as storage for really nice! Thank you for the nice article and the lovely pictures! Cheers ! Storage Snare’s Brook Ltd

  • Love the look! Suggest you put in a plastic glass inside the copper cup (or something similar) as you it would enable you to clean up with more ease

  • man i love copper anything and this certainly doesn’t disappoint… i have leather lace already so i guess onto finding copper tumblers!

  • This is so cool!! Definitely trying this out soon. Thanks so much for the great idea!

  • Very pretty! What a great idea to attach the cups with the straps tied to the wood! I would have never thought of that!

  • This is soooo adorable and simple, never wouldve thought of it. Thank you ♥♥

  • These tumblers are beautiful by themselves. This is a great idea. It would also keep things out of my cat’s way. haha

  • I have so many make up brushes so this is a brilliant idea I need to try out!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Wow, this is a perfect mix of efficiency and cuteness (: I’ll be sure to use it in the future.

    XOXO, A

  • So pretty, and perfect for my new room! Going to adapt it for my room and hopefully write a post about it, thankyou! X

  • This is such a cute idea! I love that, when I move I may have to do this in the new place!

    Taylor // www.noelbeauty411.com

  • These are adorable, I love them so much and the fact you used something other then mason jars 🙂
    Lauren x

  • I love this simple solution to an organizational need I’m sure many other have.

    Thanks for sharing!



  • You can see how I made it here:

    Laura 🙂

  • Any cording or rope would work, a colored paracord would also be cute!

    Laura 🙂

  • Good for you! Isn’t DIYing so much fun? Good luck with your blog!

    Laura 🙂

  • Hmm, that’s a good question, but I have a feeling that if humidity from showers could have an effect, it would take years and years of constant showers for any change to occur. But you’ll have to look up some science facts to find out for sure 🙂

    Laura 🙂

  • They are linked in the post supply list, so get yourself some!

    Laura 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing such an affordable project! When I saw the copper I thought of how expensive Moscow Mule mugs are…but 14.95 for two?! YIPEE! I think I’ll make one for my husband, too. You guys rock.

  • This is so so cute! Copper is such a great color to add to a room. Love this idea!


  • Wow!! its lovely and very useful. I m definitely gonna try to make it. but can we hang it on a tile as well??

  • This is such a cute DIY idea – I never thought of putting cups on a plaque to hang them from the wall. I don’t like to use leather though, so would you guys have any suggestions of alternative products to be able to use?

    rae of love from berlin

  • Nice idea! This copper cup organizer looks great on the wall and seems to be very comfy! 🙂

  • This is beautiful! I love copper and the leather combination! I love it!

  • I love these colors together. Super cute. What I love even more is how the teal bounces off of that fabulous blue mirror in the room, it’s such a smart pairing. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xx, Adia // loveanintrovert.com

  • I absolutely love this DIY! So chic & functional! ALINA ERMILOVA | BLOG

  • I went to IKEA in Atlanta last weekend and they have some cool galvanized little planter cups in the isle bins for $0.79! Perfect, glad I bought extras mindlessly. I knew I could find something to use them for!

  • That is such a good idea. It is so simple to make, also it doesn’t look like its time consuming. Good job! I post DIYs on my blog too, check them out, im a new blogger, so I’m not quite done with uploading everything, but its getting there. 😀 http://maicraftri.blogspot.com/

  • This is a great idea, I love a good DIY project! xx


  • This is such a great idea and I love the choice of color for the leather.


  • I really like the copper look! I have seen a lot of glass/mason jar organizers, but never copper. Good idea!

  • This is such an amazing idea! It looks lovely


  • I was planning to add something similar in my bathroom as well to clear up some space…this looks so unique and different from the mason jars.. love it!


  • Wow, I love this! I’m wondering–do you think the copper will hold up in the humidity of a bathroom? (Ours doesn’t have a window so it can feel pretty, er, tropical in there sometimes). I’m thinking Statue of Liberty patina…

  • Definitely love the look of the the copper cups look more than the mason jars! Now if only I could find some of these cups! Great idea for storage.

  • This looks incredible! It’s such a twist on the mason jar thing. I especially love the brightly colored leather. It’s the best pop for a neutral colored bathroom!

    The What’s In Between

  • I love the look of the copper! It looks so high-end. The one downside of my apartment is that it has a very, very small bathroom – which unfortunately means it always kind of looks messy because my stuff is everywhere. I have limited wall space but I think this might just do the trick!

    xx Kathryn

  • These are so cute !! Great idea about the rice too- I would have never thought of that as that is something I have a problem with at the moment with my make up brush pot !!

  • Alright.


    This is genius.

    Honestly! How you guys come up with some of these ideas, I’ll never know, but I love seeing them and saving them on my Pinterest boards to make possibly make someday! I feel like copper is becoming the new gold. Does anyone else think so, too??

    Neha // http://nehasharmaphoto.com/blog

  • These are so pretty! Such a great idea to use rice to fill up the bottom for shorter items.

    Warm Regards,

  • I’m so into copper right now, so I love this idea! I’m excited to try this as makeup storage.

  • Cute idea! You could pretty easily use mason jars for a more “cottage” look, or spray paint tin cans for a different colour! Oh the possibilities!

  • I have dreams of someday having room for my own little office space where I can work to my hearts content. Of course it will be decked out to the nines. Love the look of these! Pinning for future reference 🙂

  • I have dreams of someday having room for my own little office space where I can work to my hearts content. Of course it will be decked out to the nines. Love the look of these! Pinning for future reference 🙂

  • you just gave me THE best idea for a Christmas diy gift for my sister.
    im starting super early this year (i know i know!)

    thanks sooo much!!!
    i love it!

  • Ooo, cute! I love how this frees up some much needed space on the counter too, since that’s in pretty short supply in my “makeup station.” The copper is very glam 🙂


  • I find gold-rosy colors so pretty, so I must try this out x.


  • So pretty! I am going to need to make these for my home office! Love it!


  • This is a great idea! Looking forward to trying trying this DIY project

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