If you missed it last year in the BINAH Magazine – Here is the DIY washing station on wheels that Marglit Lankry and I created to make your Pesach Seder a little more stress free. From start to finish this station did not take more than 1 hr. to make and is a really great little thing to have not only for the Pesach Seder but to use for parties or for round the year table waiter.
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As part of the Seder each year, we wash our hands not once but twice. And for those of us in
chutz laAretz, we do it all over again the next night, too! Instead of having
everyone at the table troop into the kitchen at Urchatz and then again at
Rachtzah, we’ve designed a beautiful, easy-to-make, multi-functional DIY
washing station that is just the answer to making this part of the Seder more
practical and more beautiful.
• Use the station as a staging area, and
take turns holding the bowl for each
family member as you pass the
washing cup and bowl around the table
• Have a family member wheel the cart
around the table, stopping at each
• Have family members wash at the
Making the Washing Station
We created a washing station out of a basic utility cart,
which can be found in almost any home supply store
(Home Dept, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, etc.). Prices range from
super expensive ($237) to very cheap ($14.99), so this
idea can be adapted to fit any budget.
To cover the cart, we considered buying material and
sewing a skirt to fit the cart, but thought it would be too
much of a hassle. Instead, we bought a pre-made
embellished curtain panel that matched the tablecloth.
These panels also vary in price, from closeouts ($4.99
per panel) to current, high-end fabrics ($49.99 per
Tip: Look for wide, floor-length panels so that you’ll
need just one per cart.
What you’ll need:
• 1 rolling metal utility cart (Bed Bath & Beyond or Lowe’s,
• 1 panel of hanging drapes (Marburn Curtain, $23) (we need
exact measurements and info on label)
• 1 box double-sided Velcro tape ($1.99)
• ruler or yardstick
• measuring tape
• glue gun
What to do:
• Measure the circumference of the cart and purchase
fabric panel that is wide enough to go all the way around
• Measure the height of the cart and add 2”. Measure
from the top of the curtain panel and mark the length
you’ll need. Cut the panel drape to the correct length,
and make a 2” hem using a glue gun to create a no-sew
straight edge. (If the panel is too wide, either trim the
edge and glue under, or tuck any excess fabric at the
• Attach the soft half of the Velcro tape to the edge of the
cart and attach the other half of the Velcro tape to the
• Attach the panel to the cart, with the edges forming a
seam down the center of one long side of the cart, to
allow access to the items stored underneath
• Placemat – Cover the top of the cart with a beautiful placemat.
The one we used is made of a plastic-coated material that can
easily be wiped down in case of spills.
• Washing cup and large bowl – This is a perfect opportunity to
use pretty items that you already have, thereby beautifying
• Water dispenser or pitchers – If you don’t have a convenient
source of water, fill a large drinks dispenser (with a spigot) or
a few large pitchers with water, so that you can refill the
washing cup right at the washing station, without needing to
run back and forth to the kitchen.
• Hand towels – We found really plush hand towels at the dollar
store. Then we looked at the local trimming store for trim that
would complement the table linens and china. While trim can
be expensive, we only needed 1 yard (ours cost $20) to
5 handy uses for your washing cart
1. Storage for extra hand towels or napkins and washing
cups and bowls.
2. Storage for refills of wine, grape juice, soda, and an extra
supply of matzah and maror. Now you can keep your
table from getting cluttered, and limit your trips to the
kitchen when refills are needed.
3. When the meal is over and all the fine china is clean,
display it on top of the cart with a beautiful vase of flowers
— it looks pretty and is readily at hand when you are
ready to set your table for the next meal.
4. Use the cart throughout the meal as a rolling waiter. You
can easily dish out soup or bring in trays laden with your
delicious Yom Tov food.
5. After Pesach, use the space in the cart as a moveable
storage area for your Pesach serving trays, dishes, and
towels. Pack them up, place them in the cart, and store
them away safely until next Pesach.
Bonus idea: This cart makes a movable side table or drinks
station that you can use throughout the year.
13th Avenue China (gold bowl: $56,
washing cup: $49, glass dot pitcher:
$58, gold place mat: $10)
To decorate the towels, hot glue the trim to each towel, applying pressure as you go. (Be generous
with the glue — that way, you can machine wash the towels in a gentle cycle, without worrying
about the trim coming off.) Snip off any stray strands or extra fringe.
Note:Wash towels in a gentle cycle. Allow to air dry, then fluff in the dryer on cool for 1 minute.
Tip: As an alternative to hand towels, you can use heavyweight paper guest towels, which can be
found in a variety of patterns, shapes, and sizes in stores like Amazing Savings and
For more great pictures and tips for this idea and other home ideas and table scapes by Margalit Lankry and Sarah Lasry pick up a copy of Binah Magazine in your local grocers, Judaic stores or by subscription. 718 -305-5200