Happy Thursday, everyone! Claire here, and you might recall two weeks ago when I asked for your opinions on which wine rack design I should create. Well it certainly wasn’t an easy decision, but after much deliberation I set out to replicate wine rack #3 (and used a patterned, natural piece of wood for added interest). I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the fruits of my labor… and better yet, show you all how to create your own. Keep reading for the full instructional, and I’d love to know what you think! 
  • wooden plank (I used cedar, inexpensive and beautiful)
  • drill press that drills at an angle, with a 1.25″ forstner bit (If you don’t have access to a forstner bit or drill press, go to a local hardware store and use their standard drill saw. This will make your bottles vertical rather than angled.)
  • sandpaper
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  1. Cut plank to 36″ x 3.5″ x 1″ (this can vary slightly depending on wood, amount of wine to hold, etc.)
  2. Mark where the holes will be drilled. If you are drilling at a 30 degree angle, leave about 4″ of space between holes
  3. Drill bottle holes
  4. Sand off pencil marks and rough edges to smooth
  5. Paint, stain and/or shellac if desired
  6. There are numerous ways to hang your shelf. For a heavy shelf, I recommend L brackets or pelican brackets.

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  1. 1
    Jess November 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Whoa! Soooooo neat! I love it, Claire!

  2. 2
    Supal November 17, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Wow, never would have thought this to be so easy. Thanks Claire!

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    Kate {domestikatedlife} November 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

    That looks so simple and yet so pretty, nice DIY!

  4. 4
    { Taylor Moseley } November 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    This is very creative! Wine is usually stored sideways (because you want to keep the wine in contact with the cork to keep the cork from shrinking and letting air in), but this achieves the same effect and it looks totally unique! Very nice!

  5. 5
    Elisha November 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I love this! And it seems fairly simple to make!

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    Kate November 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Lovely job!

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    Camille Styles November 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Agreed – Claire did such an amazing job on this project. And so eco-friendly to reclaim an old piece of wood and transform into something so useful!

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    Nelson November 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Looks minimalist and stylish – nice! – and there are no brackets visible in your pictures, what did *you* use to hang the shelf and support all that weight?

  9. 9
    Lisa R. November 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Aside from being useful, I love how this looks on the wall. Very architectural and interesting!

  10. 10
    Ari January 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Can we see how you attached this to the wall?
    7 bottles are quite heavy.

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    Martin February 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I just built this myself. The holes do not need to be as big at 1 1/2″. Slightly smaller would hold things a bit better.

    Also – would LOVE to see how you mounted this to the wall.

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    mueh June 19, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Please, please! give me a picture and/or instructions of the side that comes to the wall – im so stupid i cant find out myself 🙁 so i will never get this amazing look. Help…

  13. 13
    mariana September 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Hi. Many of us are wondering how the rack is attached to the wall, since, no doubt, its minimalistic look is enhanced by its floating on the wall. I’m amongst the crowd that will highly appreciate a detailed explanation on hanging this superb rack onto the wall. THANKS in advance and god bless your creativity and sharing.

  14. 14
    Pudlo September 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Great concept but please stop teasing us ALL about the mounting. The floating shelf is what I want, no L bracket please…

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Jessica December 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I love this….my kitchen is a tuscian winery setting and this would go perfect. Thank you for the great idea, I would have never thought about that!!!!

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    Marie-Christine March 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Great concept! I was wondering how you were able to fix the shelf to the wall without brackets?

  17. 17
    Manuel January 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I would like to see the instructions how it is attached to the wall, or the items used for example kind of brackets, screws etc,
    Many thanks!!!!!!!!!

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    scott ferguson (@sc0ttferguson) January 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

    you can mount with pocket holes from the top, then cover them with the kreg plugs, sand and stain!

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    Michael January 26, 2014 at 12:57 am

    add me to the list of people that are curious as to how you went about making the floating mount with a solid piece of wood.

    • reida davis July 2, 2015 at 8:56 am

      bear claws would work, just make sure wood is thick enough, and use D- rings

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    Elysia February 25, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I love the look of this wine shelf. Very beautiful and creative.

    I was perplexed however that in the few years since this post was published you have never addressed anyone’s requests for your hanging methodology. Upon closer inspection of the picture though it would seem that it has been edited to remove the brackets used to hang it on the wall. So your final product doesn’t quite have the floating characteristic implied by the picture. But still – very nice shelf. I do think you should include a picture with the hardware so everyone can get an idea of what that would look like.

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    Alex Schneider March 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    i will be building one of these and my plan is to get some pole barn nails (there like 10″ long) nail them half way into the studs so its sticking out cut the head off the nail pre drill the wine rack and slid it onto the nails. love the look cant wait to have it done.

  22. 22
    Bob Morris May 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    How about a keyhole router bit? http://www.rockler.com/hanging-slot-router-bits-router-bits

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    Winepine October 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

    What a quick, simple and elegant DIY! I like the character of the plank you chose too. Have you ever considered wine shelving with wooden wine crates? They add a chateau-chic accent to kitchens and wet bars. They’re easily nailed onto the wall, and can surround the wood plank wine rack to make it the centerpiece of the space. If your looking for original wine crates or boxes for a similar project visit Winepine.