Introduction: Beautility: an Eco, Easy and Elegant Beer Bottle Shelf.

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Paper and beer bottles -- things that we often find stacking up at home. Well, what if you were given something to do with them, and made at the same time space for other things that are piled up and that you want to display?

Using waste paper, empty bottles, and some time and energy, here's an eco-friendly shelf. It's simplicity at it's best.

Who thought drinking beer could actually come in handy?
If you liked my shelf please vote for me!

Step 1: Gather Your Material

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 wild amounts of paper (could be newspaper, cardboard, magazines, etc.)
 beer bottles

 a scrubber

 a plastic sheet 

for mold:

 pieces of wood 



Step 2: The Mold

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You can chose your shape and dimensions.

I've chosen a regular rectangle.

Cut the pieces to size. Hammer in the nails. 

Your mold is ready.

Step 3: The Paper Pulp

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Soak the paper overnight in a bucket of water.

Shred into bits and make it a pulp.

You can add colouring at this point if you like. 

Step 4: The Shelves

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Squeeze out some of the water so that pulp is semi-dry (having it too wet will take longer and make your shelves shrink further, whereas it being too dry would make them crumbly).

Place your mold above the plastic sheet. Fill in the mold 1 and 1/2 inch high.

Make well spaced holes, not too close to the edge, in zigzag like in the picture. (make them larger than necessary, they shrink)

Remove the mold carefully and repeat process for the other shelves.

Leave them to dry. It should take 2 days in a bright tropical sun.
(I suggest you put weights over the shelves at night, they tend to warp)

Step 5: The Bottles

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Scrub/peel the labels off. Of course, you can leave them on if you want to.

Step 6: Assembly

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Slot them in the holes, like in the pictures.

Your basic shelf is done!

Step 7: Extra Features

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If you want to spice it up, here are things i suggest:

 grow creepers inside the bottles

 light up the bottles with Christmas lights

You can also paint the shelves and bottles to your liking. I chose not to.

Step 8: The Finished Shelf!

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antioch (author)2013-03-07

well done, re/upcyclingsuperhero!

antioch (author)antioch2013-03-07

what did you use for the coloring?

Pushan Panda (author)antioch2013-03-10

I dint use any coloring! when i created the pulp out of newspapers and cardboard this was the color i got! And i liked it so i kept it.

sweetbippy (author)2013-03-10

Absolutely ingenious!

MissMonkeyXXX (author)2013-03-09

This project is great! :) I love what you've done with the paper pulp and can't wait to give it a go!

Thank you! I cant wait to see some pics! :D

vincent7520 (author)2013-03-08

PER - FE- CT !!!!
Imagination +++
Inventiveness +++
Beauty +++++
Fun +++++
Eco friendly +++
Practicality ++
etc … +++++
AND : Beer drinking ++++++++++ !!!

Thanks for sharing !

lindarose92 (author)2013-03-05

This is such a great project! I had already seen something similar but definitely not made with don't need any glue in the paper pulp to keep it together and make it harder? I love this!

Pushan Panda (author)lindarose922013-03-05

Thank you so much! No you don't need any glue to hold it together, you'll be surprised how hard it becomes!

GorillazMiko (author)2013-03-04

Awesome project with awesome photos. How much weight can each shelf hold?


Thanks! With the the thickness ive used, you can put around 5-7 kilos..
If you need it to take more weight, you can make them thicker.

Zevion (author)2015-01-18

the shelf looks unstable for practical use, but for deco purpose it looks cool.

gofish80 (author)2013-03-13


sunshiine (author)2013-03-13

I see a winner here! thanks so much for sharing your re/upcycling project and do have a splendorous day!

drwebster (author)2013-03-13

that is so nifty

godbacon (author)2013-03-11

wonderful, you make great use of your materials

handprints (author)2013-03-10

Just Paper? Just Amazing!! I like your shelves a lot!

RingoWild (author)2013-03-10

Great idea! I tried to make paper "bricks" but i think they were too thick so they didn't dry properly. Also, i live in the Northland (Pennsylvania), and we don't have the sun's intensity that i think is needed. Did you think about using some kind of binder for the shelves... such as flour? Thanks again!

Pushan Panda (author)RingoWild2013-03-10

If you use any kind of organic binder, it can catch fungus when its drying.
And about your bricks, you could low-heat oven dry them! But make sure there is some kind of weight on the bricks, they will warp.

ClareBS (author)2013-03-10

That is so quirky and cool, also a well prepared instructable with excellent step-by-steps.

Pushan Panda (author)ClareBS2013-03-10

Thanks! :D

zews (author)2013-03-06

isn't this a bit dangerous since the shelving not the safest in the world. all it takes is a running kid who is not looking were he is going to knock the whole thing over and shatter it and voila glass everywhere.

antioch (author)zews2013-03-07

now that's an easy one: recycle those running kids before they can do any harm (cat food, soap, bones for anatomical education - you name it!)

antioch (author)antioch2013-03-07

seriously, your warning is surely valid and a good one. especially in the USA.

but i would have thought most instructables readers and everyone with an ounce of brains left is going to consider visiting kids before putting this up.

and in case there is a high chance of amok kids running rampage then it's probably very advisable to either us (uncool) plastic bottles or look for ways to attach the shelve to the wall or make it somehow more stable (maybe broader boards, more space between bottles and the edge, etc.)

786Ayesha (author)2013-03-06

Great idea,Looking nice,Have to keep an eye with the kids.

fiddleman2007 (author)2013-03-05

I like this alot. The idea of growing the creepers in the bottles is cool, but i feel like a bottom board that the bottom bottles are fixed to would make it more structurally sound. All and all a good idea, but i think ill just use wood since the paper shelves seem like a pain.

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