Cup Tree

diy cup tree
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Make this beautiful wooden cup tree from scraps!  Free plans by

Want to add rustic wood accents to your kitchen?  Here's a simple, beautiful and inexpensive way -

This farmhouse style cup tree holds four mugs and is a beautiful addition to the kitchen.  Made with just scrap wood and robe hooks, it's a quick and easy DIY project.  This cup tree would make a perfect Christmas gift or item for sale at a craft fair.  

We built this cup tree for our Guest Room coffee bar area.  It's inspired by a DIY mug tree from Shanty2Chic - but since I changed up the design and materials, thought I'd share my take on it.

And if you love the Keurig Coffee Pod drawer - that's DIY too! - and you can find those plans here.

This coffee bar set was featured in our video on the guest room small projects

Do watch as us put it together. Then build it with the free plans following.




diy cup tree plans
Dimensions shown above. Suitable for four cups.


Shopping List

1x8, 1x6, 1x3 scraps all at least a square size

2x2 @ 12" long

4 robe hooks 

knob or curtain rod finial for the top (optional)

3" self tapping screw (Spax or similar)

1-1/4" brad nails

wood glue

Cut List

1 - 1x6 @ 5-1/2" 

1 - 2x2 @ 12" 

1 - 1x8 @ 7-1/4"

1 - 1x3 @ 2-1/2"

Cutting Instructions

Cut boards using a miter saw, circular saw or jigsaw.

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Drill a small pilot hole in the center of the 1x6, all the way through.

Drill a small pilot hole in the bottom center of the 2x2, about 1/2" deep.

Step 2

Thread the 3" wood screw all the way through the 1x6 so the tip protrudes out.

Line the screw tip up with the hole in the bottom of the 2x2.  Tighten the screw until the 2x2 is attached to the 1x6.  Straighten the 2x2.

Step 3

Apply glue to the bottom of the 1x6.  Center the 1x6 on the 1x8.  Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails.

Step 4

 If using a curtain rod finial, skip this step.

Drill a hole sized for the knob screw you are using in the center of the 1x3 and mount the knob to the 1x3.  Depending on the screw head, you may need to drill out the top of the 2x2 for the screw head to have clearance.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach hooks to the 2x2.  I recommend starting with the tops hooks close to the top of the 2x2.  Hang the cups, and then place the lower row of hooks and attach.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Sand the cup tree in the direction of the wood grain.
Remove all sanding residue.
Finish Used
I applied one coat of Golden Oak wood stain with a foam applicator and wiped off with a paper towel.
I sealed with a coat of water based polyurethane.