Home Hacks

The Prettiest Use for Your Bathroom’s Useless Cup Holder

March 31, 2016

I learned how to cup my hands to drink water from a spout at roughly 2 3/4 years old. If you are an exceptional human like me and also have a vintage metal contraption drilled into your bathroom wall for holding a cup, you are every renter in New York City—congratulations!

A bathroom corsage.

So you—we—are in need of a quick fix. And your bathroom could use all the design zhoozhing its hard-working renter can muster.

Here’s how to make lemonade with that cup holder:

  1. Buy this jar (use the other 11 to store your exotic seeds). If it doesn't fit, find a jar that does.
  2. Fill it halfway with water.
  3. Plunk it into your cup (now cum vase) holder. The little lip on the jar rests up on the holder, as if it was made for this very purpose. Here, have a close up:

4. Stick a few flower stems in the jar. The more protruding the better. You want to show off your hack, but mostly surprise-scare your guests who are using the bathroom.

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That, my friends, is how a high-achieving human does home improvement.

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“I love this idea! I have the same thing in my bathroom just sitting there and I've always wanted to do something cool. Trying this tonight!”
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Gerley April 1, 2016
Depending on where/how this is attached it is a pretty great place to store your hairdryer (nozzle needs to fit, obviously) OR your make-up brushes. But thats practical and not pretty, so flowers work!
Rebecca S. March 31, 2016
I love this so much!
Mlanterman March 31, 2016
Now I'm sad that I took mine out of the wall and filled in the holes!
Caroline L. March 31, 2016
you're making me *wish* i had one of these things so i could keep a little fern next to the sink. love this.
Kenzi W. March 31, 2016
Hannah W. March 31, 2016
I love this idea! I have the same thing in my bathroom just sitting there and I've always wanted to do something cool. Trying this tonight!