19 Clever Ways To Add Water Bottle Holders to Student Desks

Stay hydrated AND organized!

Water bottle holders

Water fountains or “bubblers” are becoming as antiquated as the people who used them (cough, cough, parents and teachers). Water bottles are a pretty standard school supply these days, but they can cause problems in the classroom—condensation rings, puddles, and worse. No one wants a new Chromebook ruined by a spill from a nearby water bottle. It only makes sense, then, to keep your students’ water bottles off of the top of their desks. You can buy water bottle holders for student desks, or try easy hacks to make your own. Either way, your classroom will be more organized while everyone stays hydrated!

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1. Car Drink Holders

Car window drink holders like the ones shown repurposed as a water bottle holder for student desks by using zip ties

This idea has been making the rounds for a while, and it is one of the most popular ways to make water bottle holders for student desks. Find these drink holders in the automotive department; they’re meant to hook onto a car door at the base of the window. Cut or snap off the hook if you want, or just zip-tie them into place as-is.

Buy it: Bell Drink Holder at Zoro

Learn more: @aloveofteaching/Instagram

2. Shoe Holder Pockets

Image source: Hilarity With Mrs. Horst/Instagram

You’ve probably seen the over-the-door shoe holder repurposed as a classroom water bottle holder. Go one step further and trim each pocket, add some duct tape, and zip-tie them to individual desks. So smart!

Buy it: Amazon Basics Over-the-Door Shoe Holder at Amazon

3. Plastic Tumblers

Collage of photos showing a blue plastic tumbler zip-tied to a student chair to hold a beverage bottle

This is another popular (and inexpensive) method for making DIY water bottle holders for student desks. Buy large, sturdy plastic tumblers and carefully drill holes, then zip-tie them into place.

Buy it: 16-Ounce Reusable Plastic Stadium Cups, 8 Pack at Amazon

Learn more: @ateachersbrain/Instagram

4. Bike Bottle Holders

A clamp-on bike water bottle holder attached to a student desk leg

These bottle holders are a little more expensive than some of the other options on this list, but they’re easy to use and durable. On Pinterest, Kayla S. says, “These screw right onto desk legs—SO handy for all the kids’ water bottles! I need more!”

Buy it: Accmor 2-Pack Bike Water Bottle Holder at Amazon

Learn more: Kayla S./Pinterest

5. S Hooks

Water bottle holders for student desks include these S hooks attached to student chairs that have a hole drilled in them. water bottles hang off the hooks.

Lots of water bottles have loops or carabiners attached. Take advantage of that with this super-economical idea: Just drill a small hole, slip an S hook through it, and hang the bottles from their loops. Metal shower rings also work but aren’t as sturdy.

Buy it: 30-Pack Heavy-Duty S Hooks at Amazon

Learn more: Rosa S./Pinterest

6. Cup-Holsters

Water bottle holders for student desks include these cup holster bottle holders attached to aclassroom desk, holding water bottle and cleaning wipes

If you’ve got some funds to invest, these cup holders are some of the most popular on Amazon, with more than 2,600 five-star reviews. The screw attachment adjusts to fit thin and thick surfaces, so they’ll work pretty much anywhere.

Buy it: Cup-Holster at Amazon

Learn more: J. Northington/Amazon Review

7. Pencil Cups

Mesh pencil cup attached to leg of student desk with zip ties

Stop by the dollar store and pick up some of these mesh pencil cups. Then, simply attach them to the desk or chair legs with zip ties.

Buy it: Jot Metal Pencil Holders at Dollar Tree

Learn more: Sarah Saunders/Pinterest

8. Duct Tape Upcycled Holders

Empty disinfectant wipe bottle wrapped with duct tape and attached to student desk leg to hold a water bottle

There are a few different ways you can make these DIY water bottle holders. On Pinterest, Jenni Toltzman shares that she made these from empty disinfectant wipe containers. Other teachers have used 2-liter soda bottles with the tops cut off. Either way, wrap them with colorful duct tape and attach them to student desks with zip ties. Try letting students decorate their own holders for a useful craft project.

Buy it: Craftzilla Rainbow-Colored Duct Tape in 6 Bright Colors at Amazon

Learn more: Jenni Toltzman/Pinterest

9. Paracord Bottle Holders

Knotted water bottle holder made from colorful paracord

Speaking of useful crafts, teach kids how to make these easy water bottle holders from paracord. Find the simple instructions on Birds’ Eye Meeple, then let kids choose their own colors and make these holders to hang off the back of their chairs. They can take these with them from room to room too!

Buy it: 36-Color Paracord Set at Amazon

Learn more: Bird’s Eye Meeple

10. Fuzzy Sock Holders

Green striped fuzzy sock cut and tied to be a water bottle holder attached to a student desk

The cool thing about these fuzzy sock DIY water bottle holders is that they absorb condensation, so you won’t have drippy puddles everywhere! Cut them down both sides and then tie them according to the size of the water bottle and the height of the desk.

Buy it: Women’s Fuzzy Socks at Amazon

Learn more: CLAS Creations Cindy Lou/Pinterest

11. Foam Bottle Holder

Blue foam bottle holder attached to the leg of a student desk

Really Good Stuff makes lots of cool classroom supplies, like these foam bottle holders. They attach firmly to desk or chair legs and are deep enough to hold bottles of all sizes. They’re on the pricier side, so watch for sales to make them more affordable.

Buy it: Really Good Stuff Foam Water Bottle Holders at Amazon

12. 2-in-1 Holder

Cup holder with hook for holding headphones attached to a desk
Image source: Jared Kunnmann/Amazon Review

Here’s another pricier option that’s worth the investment. This clamp-on cup holder has an attached hook for holding headphones, bags, or other items. Reviewers love that the cup holder is large enough for even the biggest bottles.

Buy it: 2-in-1 Anti-Spill Cup Holder With Under Desk Headphone Hanger at Amazon

13. Clip-On Option

Two photos stacked on top of one another. The top shows a coffee in a white cup holder clipped to a desk. The bottom shows the same cup holders holding plants.
Image source: Walmart

These clamp-on drink holders are equally perfect to house student water bottles or your own cup of coffee. They can also be used to hold classroom plants.

Buy it: Cup Clip Drink Holder at Walmart

14. Upcycled Tin Can Holder

A hand is seen holding a water bottle that is inside a tin can and strapped to a handle by zip ties.

This idea so simple yet makes for the perfect water bottle holder for a student’s desk. We especially love that you can get your students in on the upcycling by having them bring in a can from home. Then, simply attach it to the desk with some cable ties.

Learn more: Family Handyman

15. Another Duct Tape Option

Oh duct tape, you are so versatile! Provide your students with a fun variety of patterned duct tape so they can really personalize their water bottle holders. Then, follow the instructions in the video for a water bottle holder that can be hung off the back of students’ chairs or travel with them thanks to the handy strap.

Buy it: Simply Genius Patterned Duct Tape at Amazon

16. PVC Cup Holder

Cup holders for student desks include this one made from PVC pipe and attached to the base of a desk.

If your school has student desks with T-shaped bases and you happen to be good with a hacksaw, than this DIY cup holder might be perfect for you! Grab some wide PVC pipe, take some measurements, and finally, cut a slit to fit the base.

Learn more: Pinterest

17. 3D Cup Holder Model

A table has a small white clip attached to it with a water bottle hanging down underneath it.

This DIY is not for everyone, but if you have access to a 3D printer, it might just be for you. We love how this design is both space-saving and simple while still getting the job done.

Buy it: Official Creality Ender 3 3D Printer at Amazon

Learn more: Printables

18. Repurposed Bike Bottle Holder

A water bottle is attached to a desk chair by a metal bike water bottle holder that has been secured to a desk leg.

Repurpose a bike water bottle holder into a desk holder using just a few heavy-duty zip ties. You can attach it to the leg of the desk or the chair.

Buy it: Bike Water Bottle Holder at Amazon

Learn more: TeachStarter/@educationlifeboat/Instagram

19. Under-Desk Organizer and Cup Holder in One

This pre-made cup holder also provides plenty of under-desk storage for those student desks who either don’t have a drawer or whose drawer is full. Don’t forget to buy one for your own desk too!

Buy it: Under Desk Organizer at Amazon

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Many kids bring water bottles to school now. Give them a place to store them with these DIY ideas for water bottle holders for student desks.