Rubber Band Wine Rack




Nothing says classy, sophisticated wine storage like nestling your bottles of wine on this rubber band wine rack!


  • 4 qty 1-3/4" x 36" square wood dowel
  • 6 qty 5/8" x 36" round dowel
  • 120 qty #33 rubber bands (3-1/2"x1/8")
  • wood glue
  • sand paper
  • stain and beeswax optional


  • Drill
  • 5/8" drill bit
  • saw
  • mallet
  • measuring tape

Cut List:

  • 12 qty 5/8" round dowel @ 12"
  • 8 qty 5/8" round dowel @ 5-1/2"

Step 1: Drill Holes

Drill 28 holes with 5/8" drill bit to 1" depth.

Sides of wine rack:

One side on each of 4 square dowels will get 6 holes 6" apart starting at 1/2" down from the top.

Back side of wine rack:

One side each on 2 square dowels will get 6 holes 6" apart starting at 2" down from the top. Make sure these holes get drilled on the proper side so that they will face one another when assembled.

Front side of wine rack:

One side each on 2 square dowels (the 2 not already drilled for the back) will get 2 holes 2" down from the top and 4" from bottom. Again make sure the side you're drilling will face the other dowel when assembled.

Step 2: Sand and Stain

Sand all the pieces. You can also stain and polish the individual pieces at this stage.

Step 3: Assemble Front and Back Frame

Insert the round dowels into the sides for the front and back section. It's a pretty tight fit so we only used and very small amount of wood glue. You'll probably need a mallet to hammer the sides

Step 4: Rubber Bands

Loop rubber bands inside one another to create a knot in the middle. You'll end up with 60 pairs, 10 for each level. You'll want to have the rubber bands on the dowels before attaching the sides in the next step.

Step 5: Assemble the Sides

Place dowels on back side of wine rack and then carefully fit the top
part into the holes with a small amount of wood glue. Use a mallet to hammer into place.

Step 6: Place Wine Bottles in Rack

Put in some wine bottles starting from the bottom to the top and enjoy your new wine bottle storage!

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I'd honestly replace the rubber bands with paracord or something similar, Rubber bands degrade way too fast and last thing u'd want is to find your wine all over the floor if one decides to go :x

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    Reply 3 years ago

    You are absolutely right about them degrading. I rarely use rubber bands anymore. I started buying hair ties and head bands for larger rubber band needs. The small hair ties work on securing wrapping paper rolls and other small items.

    Although I'm happy with the rubberbands as they are for now. I wanted to demonstrate other options. The first picture uses a longer lasting rubber band called X-treme File Bands made of synthetic rubber called EPDM. The other picture uses bungee cord tied in a shoelace pattern. Other types of options like string, paracord, or fabric would work well.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking the same thing (about the rubber bands drying up and failing). It's a neat concept for a wine rack. Now, what if you wove string up and down the rack in the manner of shoe laces? Then you would have diamond-shaped, string cradles, if that makes any sense. Thanks for sharing.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah but then you couldn't have entered it in the rubber bands challenge. :D I like it just the way it is! I'm sure it'll last at least a few years, then you can replace the cheap bands if necessary.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I like the idea of a diamond-shaped cradle. I'll give that a try with some string as well. Thanks for the idea.

    Thanks for the advice. I guess wine doesn't last that long at our house so I hadn't considered how the rubber bands might degrade over time. I'll give paracord a try. I also think I might be able to find an archival-type "rubber" band that might work and I'll update with a link.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    It's a nice way to do a rack, would even work for shoes, or ties, Hmmm, I like that idea, anyway because its going to be a little top heavy with a narrow base I would think about anchoring the top to the wall with a metal strap or even a wood brace. A bump, or an earthquake, or really anything from a cat climbing it to a kid pushing it could tip it over. Just a thought.


    4 years ago

    Thus is a brilliant use of rubber bands!