We have a problem with multiple cup usage and leave a cup wherever in our house. "Is this my cup?" "I don't want HIS germs." usually turns into more than one cup sitting around belonging to any given boy on any given day and results in a full top shelf of a dishwasher.
When I saw this on Pinterest, I had to pin it! Pinned Coaster Tray That was a few months ago or weeks... time gets away from me. I hadn't forgotten about that coaster tray though. I remembered it every night when I walked around the house corralling cups for the dishwasher.
Today, I went to Goodwill to drop off a donation box of stuff I've been gathering. I almost just left the parking lot after dropping it off, but that would never work. I parked and went inside determined not to buy ANYTHING unless I had a specific use in mind for it. I walked out with two things. The item pictured below and a pack of soap trays or holders - whatever those little things are that are plastic/rubber and have suction cups on them where you put your bar of soap.
I spent $1.96.
As I was pursing the kitchen aisle chastising myself for even walking down that aisle with all the dishes and cups and mix matched things, I spotted this.
I came home and cleaned up the once upon a time candle holder. Then, I dug out the tiles. They fit into the tray area! I stamped the images on the tiles using clear stamps and StazOn ink, then laid them in the tray and called it done. The negative space around each coaster makes me question what I could do to fill it, but there is something I really like about that negative space. For now, I'm leaving it. I'll worry about it after I've trained my children to actually use this coaster tray!