Rustic wine bottle gift box


This is the time of year for attending holiday parties and most of us will take a bottle of wine for the host. This wine bottle gift box makes your gift extra special and will become keepsake long after the wine is consumed.

This would make a great pallet wood project. I was unable to use any of my pallet wood because it is soaked following Stormageddon! Instead, I built it using some very old scraps of 3/8″ plywood I’ve been wanting to get rid of for a long time. I think I pulled it from an old crate or something.

Rustic wine bottle gift box
For the joinery, I cut rabbets along the edges of the boards using my table saw. I like joining boxes together this way because it not only makes them stronger, but makes everything line up easier when assembling. If you don’t want to bother making rabbet joints, you could just butt joint the sides and bottom together. If you’re going rustic, using rusty nails would look cool.

I used 1/4″ plywood for the sliding lid that rides along grooves I also made with a dado stack on my table saw. You could also just make a couple passes with a regular blade. The knob is a wooden button plug. These things are great! I am surprised how useful they are as knobs and pulls and for other decorative uses as well as plugging screw holes.

Rustic look

The old plywood already gave me a head start to making the box look antique. To make it look really old, I applied a dark colored stain, wiped off the excess, then sanded it down. This left worn-looking areas and gave it a blotchy effect.

Finally, I transferred an ink jet photo to two sides. I found this image by doing a quick Google image search for “vintage wine crate labels“. Since this was going on a dark stained wood, I picked an image that had bold colors and before printing, I boosted its saturation.  If you have never tried this process, it’s super easy and fun! Here’s how.

Amex EveryDay

This video is the final part of the Amex EveryDay campaign. This has been an interesting and quite challenging experience. For the past four weeks, American Express has sent me a mystery box containing items related to one or two videos from their EveryDay Genius campaign and My EveryDay Dish campaign. I would receive the box on Thursday or Friday and had to come up with a project and video related to its contents in time for How-To Tuesday.

By Sunday I would come up with the concept, design plans for the project, and start building. Definitely a challenge! I hope I have been able to offer you some fun ideas. If it’s cold in your shop, these are perfect for short shop sessions.

Learn more about the American Express EveryDay card here.

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  1. Like the wine box. looks like a quick project. Anyway, How deep are the dadoes, looking at the plan, can’t seem to find the dado depth anywhere.

  2. Are you not concerned about violating intellectual property rights by picking a picture off the internet to use in your projects? Don’t want to see you get into trouble.

  3. Thanks for getting me back into the sawdust-making business. I forgot how much fun it could be. Love these quick little projects so I can see results before the ADD kicks in.


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