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




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

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


 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

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

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

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

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

Step 6: Assembly

Slot them in the holes, like in the pictures.

Your basic shelf is done!

Step 7: Extra Features

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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    26 Discussions

    Pushan Pandaantioch

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago on Step 8

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

    1 reply

    5 years ago on Introduction

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

    Thanks for sharing !


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    1 reply

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

    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.


    3 years ago on Introduction

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


    5 years ago on Introduction

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


    5 years ago on Step 3

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


    5 years ago on Step 6

    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!

    1 reply
    Pushan PandaRingoWild

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

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