Hi and welcome back! I have a super fun little project for you today. Back in our conference in August, I had the opportunity to talk with the folks from PureBond plywood and they had this little challenge going on – to try and make and spruce up a balancing wine bottle holder. I finally got around to it, right before the contest deadline. This easy little project would make a great, cheap homemade gift.
Thanks so much to Purebond for providing the plywood for this and other projects. This post may also contain affiliate links for your convenience. As always, all opinions are completely my own. See my full disclosure policy HERE.
If you’ve been following along, you know that since I discovered PureBond in August, I am all googly heart eyes over it. To be honest, I didn’t use a lot of plywood before. I always thought it looked awful, or it would bend too much or the ends were too ugly. I just didn’t like the looks of it. But, at our blogger conference in August, PureBond was there to show us what they were made of and I was amazed. Seriously, this stuff is legit. It’s so super sturdy, looks great and it’s formaldehyde free. I’ve never really thought about that before – oops. But it’s good to know the stuff I’ve got now is a bit healthier to work with.
So they had this little challenge going on and I’d thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve been missing my wine-loving old BBF and neighbor in Virginia lately, so I thought she would make one for her, and I made one for myself as well. They were super easy to make!
- PureBond Plywood (scrap pieces are fine)
- paint or stain
- stencil of your choice (I printed out what I wanted in Word)
- jewelry wire (optional)
First, I cut a piece of 3/4″ PureBond plywood scrap down to about a 10 x 3 1/2″ rectangle. This doesn’t have to be exact, that is just what mine turned out to be.
Next step was to cut a 45 degree angle on one end.
Then I drilled a 1 1/4″ hole on the other end.
Then I tested it out. It was a little off, but no worries. I just changed the angle a little bit until I was able to balance it. My angle ended up being about a 38 degrees, but I think you just play around until you find the right spot. I think it depends on the size of your board as well.
How cool is that?! Easy peasy. From this point, you can just sand any rough edges and decorate it any way you want.
My friend Rian recently redid her kitchen in neutral whites & blacks, so I used some leftover paint to paint it black. I printed a “C” for her last name and stenciled it onto the board. Then I just painted the outline white. I added a little inside joke on the back. Bonus points if you know what movie this is from!
Here I put Polycrylic to protect it. When that dried, I wanted to add a little more interest, so I took some jewelry wire and looped it around the bottom.
That was about it!
I did mine basically the same way, just used red oak stain and a sticker stencil “R”.
Another thing I love about PureBond is that the edges are super cool looking. The stain lets the layers show, which I think it neato.
An easy, fun, super cheap gift if you need a homemade gift idea for the upcoming holiday season!
That’s it! This super easy and cheap balancing wine bottle holder is a fun little conversation piece at parties. If you’d like to see more of my bar area DIYs click HERE.
If you like this one, check out my other hand made wine holder HERE.
What do you think? Any other fun, cheap homemade gift ideas? Rian, if you are still reading – I miss you girl! #noragrets ;).
Thanks for stopping by!
Balancing Wine Bottle Holder
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