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DIY Coffee Mug Rack

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DIY Coffee Mug Rack? Yes, please!

It’s no secret that I LOVE coffee. With that love of coffee came my coffee mug problem. I see cute, big, pretty coffee mugs and I just have to have it. Needless to say, I have run out of room for my mugs, and I have been looking for a coffee mug rack that I liked. It had to be hung on the wall and had to fit more than 4-5 mugs.

Of course, this was a challenge for me. Everything I found that was cute didn’t hold enough mugs. I have a one track mind when I want something, so, I decided to DIY what I wanted.

I wanted a small pallet to have most of the work done for me, but I didn’t have quick access to one and I was ready to see the finished product. So, if you have access to a small pallet, about 20×24, you could use that.

I wanted to have my husband take me to the hardware store and get wood and have him cut it for me. He works so much that we hadn’t gotten around to going. I was outside with my new puppy and decided to see what was laying around the yard. And what do you know, I had what I needed. Not only did I have the wood, but I found hooks, paint and wood letters. I was all set to get started.

Except, the wood was not the sizes I needed. My husband is at work and here I am excited to start this project.

Now, I grew up watching and helping my dad build things; he was extremely talented when it came to things like this and much more. But, I had never actually used power tools–other than a drill. Well, I surprised myself when decided to try my hand at power tools.

Here’s the equipment needed

  • 1×3 planks
  • paint or stain (if you have weathered wood or if your planks are the same color your don’t need to paint)
  • hooks (I used 16)
  • Craft letters (Or you can free hand paint)
  • Nails
  • Gorilla Glue


  1. First, I started by cutting my planks. I chose to have my rack 22×24.  So, I cut 5 planks 22 inches long. 2 Planks 24 inches long. And I added a shelf on top and that one is 24 inches long.
  2. The 2 long piece of wood (24”) are the back planks. Lay them vertically and then place the 22” planks horizontally. I spaced the bottom 4 planks about 2” apart and left a bigger space between the 1 and second plank.
  3. If you decide to add the top shelf, nail your last 24” plank to the top.
  4. If you are going to paint your wood, do so now. I would have preferred not to, but my wood was all different colors and wasn’t the cool, weathered looking wood.
  5. While that dries, paint the crafting letters with the saying of your choice.
  6. Once the paint is dry, glue your letters to the top plank. I used Gorilla glue.
  7. Next, I drilled pilot holes in the bottom four planks where I wanted my hooks to go. Drill the holes a size smaller than the hooks. I spaced mine about 4”.
  8. Finally, screw in your hooks, and you’re all done.

This is fully customizable. You can make yours bigger, smaller, more hooks, fewer hooks, etc.

And look through all your old craft supplies. You might find that you have everything you need to make this—like I did—and not have to spend a penny on more supplies.

I hope you are as excited about your new coffee mug rack as I am. I don’t know if I just love that I have more cabinet space and a place to display coffee mugs (that are no longer used but have sentimental value) or that I used power tools alone. Ha!


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Hi! I'm Monica, the face behind Munchkins and Coffee.  Like most, I enjoy long walks on the beach and quiet dinners with the Mister. But let's be real, I'm a mom to 2 munchkins and to 2 4-legged kids so those things are few and far between.  I dabble in a variety of DIY projects and crafts and sell SVGs for the Cricut/Silhouette. I love to cook and bake and I'm a type 1 diabetic. Target and H-E-B are my happy places. I love to read but don't do it as much as I'd like and I'm totally guilty of binge-watching shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime. Coffee gets me through the day and is my "drug" of choice. 🙂 That's where the name comes in. Kids, life and all the beautiful chaos in between. So, check out my Etsy shop for SVG/cutting files for your Cricut/Silhouette and keep an eye out on here and my Facebook for my free cut files.

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