Make your own DIY bath caddy

When my sister and I were small we would play in our bath for hours on end. My mum on a stool next to it, hoping to get the chance to read a few pages of her book. Unfortunately for her, there wasn’t much reading time – as she was too busy tasting our foam cakes, baked with pots and pans, and lots of bath soap.

I don’t bake foam cakes anymore, but the love for a lovely warm bath has never left me. In my eyes there is nothing better than a hot steamy bath with some lux organic bath soap, a magazine and some music. Sometimes when I feel overly romantic, hubby is even allowed to join with a glass of wine and some candles.

There was just one problem, I just didn’t have enough space to put my magazines, the candles and my drink. So, my search began on the internet for a bath caddy. Unfortunately, I either thought they were too expensive, or I didn’t like the style, and so I convinced myself to be happy with a little refurbished stool I did up a while back to store my things. Of course the stool worked just fine, however I had in my head I wanted something over the bath. And once something is in my head, I can’t let it go anymore.

Our local home improvement store had a closing down sale, and I spent hours going through every single isle, to buy random items I felt I could use at some stage. What were the first items I took home you ask…? Everything I needed for my DIY bath caddy of course.

This DIY bath caddy takes less than an hour to make. It’s super easy, and all materials are readily available.

This is what you will need:

  • Timber
  • Saw
  • Glue
  • Leather straps
  • Sealant
  • Hammer
  • Decorative nails

The first step is to carefully measure the width of your bath. It would a shame if you end up with an awesome looking bath shelf that doesn’t fit on your bath.

Once you know the measurements, you can look for a nice piece of timber. Mine is oak, which is my personal preference, but you can choose any timber that does well in a moist environment.

Saw/cut the timber in the right size, sand down any sharp edges and treat it with a protective sealant. Some oils are matte, some are shiny. You can choose a clear one, or one with colour. It’s totally up to you! If you are not sure (there is a big variety to choose from) ask a store employee to help you to select the right one.

While the timber is drying you can start making your handles. You can buy leather straps in craft stores, on Ebay or online stores. I choose for a natural looking tan leather which I found online and was sold per metre.

It’s a bit tricky to figure out the length of your handles. If they are too short, it’s hard to hold them. Once you’ve measured both sides, you glue them on with a glue that is suitable for timber as well as leather. Please make sure you follow the instructions on your glue packaging.

Once the handles are secured and had some drying time, you can choose to add some decorative nails. This is completely optional and is a way to give your caddy a more personal touch. I choose for a white nail, which I think fits in perfectly with the Scandi style of the bathroom.

And voila, your bath caddy is done! You now have the perfect excuse to buy that gorgeous jar of bath salt and start styling your shelf! Enjoy your DIY project, and share your results with us, we are very curious!


X Lisa