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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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