Simple Handmade Gift Idea- Wine Bottle and Glass Caddy
A gift for anytime of year. A simple handmade wine bottle and glass caddy.
Has gift giving of late become autonomous? The most giving time of year quickly approaching and with all of our stress and rushing around, is the norm becoming to give a gift just to fill the societal obligation?
I certainly hope not! Although, I know I have been guilty of doing in it… that last minute gift for my husbands birthday… what should I get… I have no clue, he has everything he wants… here, I will just buy this p.o.s. so I have something to give him…
I hate my self when I do it! I know better and then I feel even worse for having done it. I personally don’t think that gift giving should be obligation, but, I believe for some, it has become just that.
Bill and I have come to an agreement, we will not give a gift just to give something. The gift has to have significance, some sort of meaning, some reasoning other than ” I should give you a gift now”. Both of us have agreed that we would rather not receive a gift if it is out of obligation.
On the other hand, I love to give and receive gifts and I get the most pleasure out of giving and receiving ones that are handmade, even something as simple as a handmade card. I know that not everyone is crafty or handy, there are even some people who have no desire to try to be. That’s okay, but for those who are, I know they derive great pleasure out of making and giving something they made.
With that being said, here is the first of several simple gifts you can make and use for different occasions.
DIY Simple Handmade Gift Idea- Wine Bottle and Glass Caddy
The wine bottle and glass caddy is simple to make with just a few tools.
You will need:
- 1- 10″ x 10″ piece of 1/4″ plywood
- Straight edge
- 5/8″ drill bit
- 1-1/2″ hole saw or Forstner bit
- Jig saw
- Chalk board paint
- Foam paint brush
- Color chalk
Lowe’s or Home Depot have the plywood in 24″ x 24″ pieces and you can have them rip cut it down for you. This will give you 4 pieces.
Next, using the straight edge, mark lines from corner to corner diagonally across the middle. Then mark a line horizontally and vertically from the center of each side.
Now mark a short line, perpendicular to the horizontal and vertical 1-1/2″ in from the edge. These marks will give you the center point guide lines for drilling your 5 holes.
If you would like to round off the outside corners or create your own unique edge design now would be a good time to mark it out.
The next step is to drill an 1-1/2″ hole at the center mark, this hole will fit over the neck of the wine bottle when you are done.
Now drill a 5/8″ hole at each of the marks on the horizontal and vertical lines for the wine glasses.
Once you have your holes drilled you can now mark your slots that will let you slide in the wine glasses. Depending on the stem thickness of the glasses you are using, you will want to mark either a 3/8″ or 1/2″ slot at each 5/8″ hole from the out side edge to the edge of the hole.
Using the jig saw, cut out each of the slots you have marked. Then if you have an edge design you have drawn out go ahead and cut that out.
I finished mine with chalkboard paint so I could write a personalized message on it and also so the recipient could change the message if they wanted to use the caddy for a special occasion or holiday. You can pretty much finish it any way you would like. I am also going to try stenciling and burning a design on the caddy and then use a clear poly to seal it, but that’s another project.
To finish start by sanding each piece (assuming you are making more than one) using first 100 grit and then 120 grit sand paper, rounding over the edges as you sand. If your are going to use a poly coat to finish off, you may want to also sand with a 180 or 200 grit sand paper for a smoother finish. Remember to wipe each piece with tack cloth or a slightly moistened rag to remove any dust between and after sanding.
Apply Chalk board paint, following manufactures instructions and let dry.
Chalkboard paint comes in many great colors or you can make you own (haven’t tried it yet, but it is on the list). I used a latex based black paint and applied two coats, waiting several hours in between for drying time.
It came out perfect!
Voila!!! you have a handmade wine bottle and glass caddy that you can personalize with a simple message from Happy Birthday to Congratulations or anything in between!
Another great thing…it doesn’t have to be just for wine!
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Until next time…
Life is simple…make it special!
P.S. Did I goof…
(in Kantian moral philosophy) acting in accordance with one’s moral duty rather than one’s desires.