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Make a quick, easy, custom wine rack from 4" cardboard tube
I love this little project- quick, easy, practical. i put it together from things i had around the house, plus one 4" x 12ft carpet tube.

i tried to find 4" packing tubes, but no one had them in stock, so as a last ditch thought, i stopped by a carpet store- they had these amazingly sturdy tubes, 4" diameter- perfect for wine bottles, and were happy to let me take whatever i could carry. i think packing tubes would work just as well, but they aren't free!

Posted by kage j. from San Francisco, California, United States • Published See kage j.'s 16 projects »
  • How to make a storage unit. Easy & Affordable Wine Rack! - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut your tube to length- make sure they are deep enough to hold a wine bottle, and not so deep the bottle gets lost (mine are 9.5"). i used a mitre saw because the carpet tubes are REALLY thick (for packing tubes, i think a utility knife would work better).

    i wanted to leave the raw cardboard on the inside- i like the look, and thought it would wear better. i masked off the ends with masking tape by taping across, then cutting the extra away with an exacto blade.

  • How to make a storage unit. Easy & Affordable Wine Rack! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Spray paint the tubes any color you choose. I used 'Patina' by Montana, Black Line. Montana is a graffiti art paint- it has a great high flow spray, it wears well, and it comes in every color you can imagine.

    i only masked the tops, & let gravity mask off the base.

  • How to make a storage unit. Easy & Affordable Wine Rack! - Step 3
    Step 3

    The spray paint raises lots of little cardboard 'hairs' at the edges, and all along the tube surface. Sand the surface and edges with fine (400 grit) sandpaper.

    I painted a second coat to cover a few little tears at the edges, but depending on the look you want, might not need it.

    Fine sanding between coats created a really smooth clean surface- much nicer than i expected from cardboard!

  • How to make a storage unit. Easy & Affordable Wine Rack! - Step 4
    Step 4

    I don't have a pic for the next step, but I basically used my hot glue gun to glue the tubes together. I liked the look better with the top row staggered, but you can also center them directly on top of each other.

    I ran a line of glue across the bottom at the back to act as a stopper, so the bottles won't slide out the back.

    Here it is, my finished wine rack- quick, easy and pretty slick looking, if i do say so myself!

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