Transform Wooden Wine Crates Into a Great Minibar

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If you’re low on space, but up on upcycled style, this is a great project for you. Three wine crates become perfectly repurposed into a minibar that is easy to make and stores neatly away.

Best of all, you’re reusing materials that are already partly assembled into the shape of the finished piece. Simply add a hinge, a divider and a shelf and this new minibar will be ready to serve its new purpose. Your favorite reds and whites will be right at home inside these repurposed wine crates.

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Step 1

 Open Galleryphoto of wine crate and hammerDisassemble one wine crate. Do this by pulling apart the crate at the nailed or stapled edges with the back of a hammer. Reserve the two wooden panels from the short ends. You can use the other pieces for a different project.

Step 2

 Open Galleryphoto of wine crate and sawMeasure the width of your wine crate. Cut two of the box dividers to this measurement.

Step 3

 Open Galleryphoto of wine crate and sawMake measurements that are 5” and 13.5” from the bottom, marking these points on the outside of the crate.

Step 4

 Open Galleryphoto of wine crate and screwdriverScrew the shelf into place at the 13.5” mark. Then attach the box dividers at the 5”mark. Repeat for the other crate.

Step 5

 Open Galleryphoto of wine crate and hingeLay crates on their side and the open sides facing each other. Place 2 sets of hinges along the seam and screw into place.

Step 6

 Open Galleryphoto of wine crate and drillOn the top of the boxes, mark 2 holes that are 1” from the center edge and 3” apart. Repeat for the other side. Then, drill holes at the points you marked using a .25” drill bit.

Step 7

 Open Galleryphoto of wine crate and handleTie a double knot at one end of the thick cord and thread through one hole, up through the top and back down through the other hole. Secure the end with a double knot. Repeat for the other side.

Step 8

 Open Galleryphoto of wine crate and knobOn the front of the crates, mark 10” from the top and 1” from either side. At this mark, send a screw through the wood, with the head facing the inside of the crates. Screw on the champagne cork knobs. Make sure your bar is fully stocked, pop open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy!

Materials

  • 3 wooden wine crates with dividers
  • 2  1” hinges
  • wood screws
  • 2  12” pieces of thick cord
  • 2 champagne corks

Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hand saw
  • Power drill
  • .25“ drill bit
  • Hammer
About Tiffany Threadgould 

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I am a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life and the head of design at TerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. My ...

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  1. @Winepine says:

    Very fun and clever project! Thank you for the DIY tips. Feel free to visit http://www.winepine.com if you'd like to browse other projects/ideas with wine crates!

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