Have wine bottles you need to recycle? Turn them into a book shelf!
Step 1: Obtain Materials
-2 pieces of equal sized wood. (Mine are 13 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches)
-4-6 wine bottles depending on your design
-2 part epoxy or gorilla glue
*optional materials for staining wood*
-1/4 cup of used coffee grounds
-1 1/2 cup vinegar
-glass jar with lid
Step 2: Measure the Length of the Two Boards to the Desired Length
Depending on the quality of wood your boards may be able to be longer than others.
My boards are 13 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches. I found this length easier to work with when putting the shelf on top of a desk.
Step 3: Use Hand or Powered Saw to Cut the Wood to the Desired Length
After the boards are cut, work the sanding sponge over the area of the board to work loose any splinters or uneven sections. This made my boards much more pleasant to run my hands along the wood.
Step 4: *optional* Stain the Wood Using Used Coffee Grounds.
1. Put a piece of steel wool into the glass container, add about ¼ of a cup of coffee grounds, and top that with about 1-2 cups of vinegar.
2. Close the container, shake the mixture, and then let it stand overnight.
3.Open the container with stain and mix it up a bit. Then take the steel wool out of the container and start applying the stain to the wood parts of the bookshelf.
4. Apply 1-3 coats depending on color preferences, letting the wood dry for 20 minutes in between each coat.
I only did one coat on my boards as you can see in the last picture the major difference between no stain and one coat.
Step 5: Clean Out the Empty Wine Bottles
Step 6: *optional* Soak the Wine Bottles in Hot Water With Dish Soap to Take Off the Labels on the Bottles.
It took me 30 minutes to get the labels off of 6 bottles. Some came off after a minute of soaking while others sat for about 20 minutes and I had to scratch the labels off.
The wine bottles were hard to dry after getting the insides wet so I put rice in them to soak up the moisture.
Step 7: Apply Epoxy/glue to the Top End of the Bottle and Place It on One Side of the Board.
Step 8: Add the Other One or Two Legs to This Board.
When I was finished I had three wine bottles, seemingly upside down on top of the first board.
Step 9: Now Apply Glue to the Other Ends of the Wine Bottles and Stick the Second Board to Them.
I placed a stack of books onto the top of the shelf to put pressure on the bottles while they were drying. I left mine alone for about 2 hours before adding the wine bottles in the next step.
Step 10: Add the Remaining Wine Bottles Directly Above the Others, on Top of the Board.
Again, these bottles need pressure on them while drying. I placed a cutting board across them and put books on top for weight. Let these dry and you have a bookshelf!