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DIY: A Mailing-Tube Wine Rack

If the wine racks for beginners I featured earlier today don't fit your look or your price range, then perhaps you'll be interested in this project from ReadyMade on how to make your own wine rack from mailing tubes. The process is ridiculously easy, and the results are surprisingly cute, so you can have a bevy of bottle storage in no time.


Bottle Pocket Wine Rack via ReadyMade

What You'll Need

  • Cardboard mailing tubes (ours were 3 1/2" in diameter x 36")
  • Paint (optional)
  • Round color-coded stickers (optional)
  • Plenty of wine
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper (200 grit)
  • Paintbrush (optional)

For step-by-step instructions,

How to Make It

  1. Measure the space where you want to install the wine rack. If it’s a shelf, make sure it’s strong enough to support all those bottles. (We put ours on a bottom shelf to be safe.)
  2. Measure and mark your tubes in increments of 9" (just enough to cover most of a wine bottle).
  3. Cut the tubes along your marks with the hand saw, taking care to keep the cuts even. Sand off any cardboard fragments.
  4. If you want to paint the tubes, do it now. Make sure they dry completely before continuing.
  5. Stack your tubes.
  6. Gather your wine. OCD types may want to come up with their own systems of categorizing bottle caps with color-coded stickers (to parse out which vintages are for everyday drinking and which are special occasion Pinots).
  7. Raise a toast to your not-so-hard work.
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HappyKate HappyKate 8 years
Great idea, you can make it to fit any space....sweet. I am defiantly going to do this in my new apartment!
hoddie hoddie 8 years
That *does* look easy! I think it must look better though because the caps are all so colorful. All my bottles are dull blacks, greys, and browns :(Note to self: BUY PRETTY WINE
hoddie hoddie 8 years
That *does* look easy! I think it must look better though because the caps are all so colorful. All my bottles are dull blacks, greys, and browns :( Note to self: BUY PRETTY WINE
shulvrkrp shulvrkrp 8 years
that is freakin' cute!!!
shulvrkrp shulvrkrp 8 years
that is freakin' cute!!!
askmetostay askmetostay 8 years
this is so cute!! reminds me of when i was little, and my grandfather made me something similar from PVC pipes to put my shoes in, like at the playground at mcdonald's....i LOVED that thing!!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
i love this!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
i love this!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
great idea! so cheap, too :)
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
great idea! so cheap, too :)
spazzydana spazzydana 8 years
it looks like the wine might fall
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
That's a really good idea. I'm a fan of ReadyMade.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
that is so cute!
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
that is so cute!
ginasugar ginasugar 8 years
I love DIY things like this that are easy and cute. What would make it even eaiser is spray painting them instead of painting them with a brush (spray paint is my fav secret weapon)
sgdish sgdish 8 years
How cute is that?
sgdish sgdish 8 years
How cute is that?
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