I posted this photo on Instagram a while back and some folks commented that they were digging my Window O’ Cups, and even though this isn’t exactly “creative” territory, I thought I would share the nifty gadget I made.
Cup storage wasn’t a problem I was planning on having, but then I picked up an reveange-fueled addiction to green glass and all assumptions went out the door. These emerald punch cups are unusually common in thrift stores (I think they might have been a gas station giveaway back in the 60s), and even though I don’t drink a lot of punch or coffee, they come in handy for all sorts of stuff…and I adore the way they look. Especially when the light shines through them. For a while I was thinking about building a glass shelf across this window for all my green glassware, but it turns out glass shelves are unusually expensive and a major pain to clean. Solution: tension rod hook rack.
Yes, I have a friendly history with tension rods.
This was Super easy to make. Just get a a tension rod, add S hooks, and call it a day.
I know. Complicated, right? Even better: it’s cheap. You can get both items at Home Depot for under $10. Maybe under $5, depending on the width of your window and how many hooks you are looking for.
If you make one, the only think I recommend is that you get a squareish (<<technical term) tension rod. The oblong ones with the screw in the back. There are perfectly round tension rods that twist to size and I have found the springs in those give away after time. The ones with the screws in the back take a little more effort but they are far more sturdy and could hold a little weight. Not that these cups weigh a lot, but if you want dot hang other stuff — kitchen utensils, potholders, etc.
HEY NOW. Wouldn’t jewelry look good hanging in a window like this? Ahoy, beaded necklaces!
So that’s what I know. Yet another happy edition to my cluttered kitchen. It’ll be rainy and dreary all weekend here, which is perfect weather for cooking, so you can bet I’ll be looking out at my happy little green cups all day. Huzzah!
PS: If you are in the Chicago area this weekend and looking for something fun, consider a field trip to the Wilton tent sale going on through June 16. Wilton is known for their baking supplies, but they actually make quite a bit of standard kitchen supplies and craft materials (including Martha Stewart’s glitter line!). Everything in the tent is 70% off (sometimes more). I went last week and bought my age in rubber spatulas and cupcake liners. That’s not an exaggeration.