Friday, August 24, 2012

DIY Wine Rack ~ "Craft Wars" Pop Craft

We really should title this post “How to Make a Wine Rack from Silverware, Pie Tins, Footballs, Acorns, and Turkey Basters,” since those are the crazy items that Nikki and I were given in the Pop Craft Challenge of our episode of Craft Wars!

We have gotten so much feedback about our projects since we appeared on the show, but this cute little wine rack has definitely been a fan-favorite.  (It was one of our favorites, too)!

In case you missed the show, you can catch us in action on iTunes, but we thought it would be fun to give everyone the step-by-step how-to for creating one of your own!

My favorite thing about this wine rack? It's multi-functional!

Use the chalkboard to leave yourself reminders or to write a little note, come home after a hard day, hang your purse on the hook & grab a bottle of wine to relax, and those turkey baster hooks make the perfect holder to hang your corkscrew so that it's always handy!

Here's a shot of Nikki with our finished product as she pitched it to the judges.  With only one hour to craft it, we were super excited with how it turned out!  There are a few changes we'd recommend given more time, so be sure to read the notes below.


Craft Wars DIY wine rack
Materials:
  • Plywood (You’ll need two pieces cut 20″ x 30″.)
  • Jigsaw
  • Trim (On the show we used 1″ x 2″ trim, but at home I actually just cut “trim-like” 2″ strips of plywood, and it worked just fine!)
  • Chalkboard paint and paintbrush
  • 1 yard of fabric to cover frame
  • 1 yard of batting (At home I used scraps of quilt batting I had left over!)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Cordless drill, 1/4″ drill bit, and screws
  • Clamp
  • Silverware (On the show we used a combination of 4 spoons and 2 forks. You can see in the picture above that at home I just used 6 spoons.)
  • 3 turkey basters
  • 1/2 yard of fabric to cover turkey basters
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Felt (This is for covering the back. You’ll need a piece about 18″ x 28″.)
Directions:
1. Cut two pieces of plywood 20″ x 30″. Paint one side of one piece with black chalkboard paint. (Be sure to give it at least two coats of paint! I’m not sure if it made it to air, but judge Stephen Brown of Glitterville commented on our poor paint job during his critique!)

2. Cut 2 pieces of trim to 30″ long. Cut 2 pieces of trim to 15 3/4″ long.

3. Cut 4 strips of fabric about 9 inches wide. (I just left them the length off the bolt…about 40″ from selvage to selvage.) Cut 4 strips of batting the same size.

4. Staple one piece of batting and one piece of fabric to the back of each piece of trim. (If you watched our episode closely, you’ll see we didn’t use batting there. We wanted to, but again, that whole "only have an hour" thing! I included it here because the judges called us out on it, saying it would have looked nicer, and I agree)!


5. One by one, screw trim to the plywood base. Then wrap batting and fabric around to the back of the piece and staple in place. A few notes here:
  • Layer the two pieces of plywood together, with the chalkboard painted surface at the top. (The reason for two pieces of plywood? This is very technical….our screws were too long and would have stuck out the back if we just used one layer!)
  • Use the clamp to hold all three layers together (the two pieces of plywood and the trim). It will makes things much easier!
  • Make sure your paint is completely dry! Your fabric will end up on the plywood background while you screw the three layers together and you don’t want it to end up with black spots on it!
  • I did the two long sides first, then the top and bottom.
  • The long sides are easy…wrap them right around to the back. The short sides take a bit more patience to get the mitered corner effect!

 
6. With a cordless drill and 1/4″ drill bit, put a hole in the very top of each piece of silverware. (Note: On the show we actually used a drill press. That was so much easier! If you have one or know someone that has one, use it!)

7. Using a clamp to keep your silverware in place, and a lot of muscle power, bend each piece of silverware twice, each time at a right angle, so it looks kind of like a zig-zag.



8. Screw silverware to the plywood. (If you look in the finished picture, you’ll see we staggered our silverware. I liked the look of the bottles facing alternating directions!)



9. Cut squares of fabric to cover the bottom of the turkey basters. The squares should be roughly 10″. Give them a coat of spray adhesive, place the turkey baster right in the middle, and start wrapping it up. Tuck the ends of the fabric inside. (The spray adhesive won’t actually stick the fabric to the turkey baster, but it will help the fabric stick to itself, which makes getting nice, neat folds in your fabric much easier!)



10. Use hot glue to adhere the covered turkey basters to the bottom of the plywood base. (Be careful what you hang on them! Let’s face it…the hot glue is not going to hold very much weight! Ideally, you could screw a dowel to the board first, then put the turkey baster over that to give it much more stability, but remember….we only had one hour!)



11. Use spray adhesive to adhere a large piece of felt (18″ x 28″) to the back of your wine rack!

12. Add a few bottles of wine and enjoy!

If you guys decide to give this DIY a whirl...which many of your have mentioned...we'd LOVE to see pics!
 
Any comments or questions that have along the way, feel free to post here and we'll get them answered for you.  Be sure to come back, share and tell us all about your experience!
 
P.S. Nikki has this DIY up on her blog, too, so please stop by and show here some love, as well!
 
Once again, thank you guys so very much for your support!  We appreciate each and every one of you and we wouldn't be here without you! xoxoxo
 
 

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, its slightly easier to make then I thought it'd be. For something so simple the end result is very pretty. And it's probably best you used the title you did, "How to Make a Wine Rack from Silverware, Pie Tins, Footballs, Acorns, and Turkey Basters" doesn't quite roll off the tongue haha.

    Thanks,
    Sarah @ Goodheart Gifts.

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    1. Sarah, did you make one? Would LOVE to see pics! :)

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  2. Just tweeted this Jen- but I just don't know how you guys didn't win! This is so cute and I totally can see this in a home! You guys were so good at how you used everything! Great job ladies!! I hate that I didn't get to see the show! I commented a/b that on your Facebook page... :)

    Have a great week!

    Shelley

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    1. Shelley, you are SO sweet! I truly appreciate all of your support...you're an awesome cheerleader! xoxoxo

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  3. I loved this this project! Such an exciting project for you guys! I know Nikki is from Phoenixville, are you local as well? If so we're neighbor bloggers! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! We had a lot of fun with it! I'm actually a Virginia girl, not a PA girl. Wish we were closer...would love to meet for coffee! :)

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  4. Hey JENNIFER how are you. This post is really helpful to me speacially because after 2 days am arranging a dance party at my place and thinking to make this ;)

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  5. This post gives me motivation to do something unique and creative with wine racks ;)Thanks for the motivation, Jennifer.

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    1. So happy to have inspired you! Love when those creative juices get flowing! :)

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