DIY Box Shelf from Wooden Wine Boxes

I have this stash of wooden wine boxes in the garage that I’ve been meaning to do something with and I finally got around to making them into a really simple and fun box shelf for my paints. It turned out to be an easier {and cheaper!} project than I had even thought it was going to be.

Here is what you will need:

  • wooden box {I used wooden wine boxes, but you can use any old wooden box or crate}
  • drill
  • 2 screws {I used deck screws … they were in the garage already!}

If you want to decorate them, you’ll need any or all of the following:

  • fabric
  • scrapbook / wrapping / wall paper
  • modge podge
  • paint
  • foam brush
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Vinyl

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I used fabric, scrapbooking paper, and paint with vinyl on the three wooden boxes that I made. The fabric and scrapbook paper wine boxes were super simple and straight forward to make. Just lay your paper or fabric inside of your box, mark the sides, and cut to fit in the box.

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Once you’ve cut it, you will need to paint one layer of modge podge onto the bottom of the box, then lay the paper or fabric on top and adjust it to fit perfectly inside the wooden box. Once you’ve placed it exactly where you want it and there aren’t any wrinkles or air bubbles {one tip I use is to take an old gift card or hotel key and smooth out the paper or fabric}.

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This was just too neat and perfect for me so I decided to put some paint on it. And since I have been all over the fabulous Brene Brown’s site today, the Daring Greatly mantra was in my head.

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A lovely green scrapbook paper called my name for the small box and the other one got a coat of my favorite white-ish paint … Elmira {from Benjamin Moore}. Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a vinyl song lyric from Macklemore “the greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint. the greats were great because they paint alot.”

to hang on wall

My first thought was to use hidden L brackets to hang these wooden wine boxes on the wall. I lined them up on the backs of the boxes, marked the holes to pre-drill them.

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When I went to screw them on the wall I thought my L brackets were attached, but it turned out they weren’t. I was surprised at how well the shelves were attached to the wall and they felt really solid so I decided to bypass the L brackets. Soooo easy!

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You can see on the white wall shelf that I’ve used 2 screws, about 5″ from the sides and 3″ from the bottom.

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I’d have to say that this looks 100% better than this did …

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I can see these being great to make and use for yourself, in a bathroom, a guest room, a nook or cranny to store a few books in, or even as a gift. Make and decorate one for a friend who loves wine.



Hi, I'm Robin, founder of The Designest, the place for tutorials, printables, and ideas to inspire you to create. A wife, mother, entrepreneur, and a true maker at heart. Most days you will find me in my studio listening to Spotify & making products for The Designest Shop.

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