What makes a clever, functional gift even better? One that’s handcrafted by the giver. This DIY wooden bottle tote is the perfect blend of rustic charm and straight-up utility.
Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to make this handy bottle tote for someone on your gift list.
- 1 – 1-in. x 8-in. poplar board
- Tape measure
- Circular saw (you can rent a circular saw from The Home Depot)
- Safety glasses
- Ear plugs
- Work gloves
- Hobby boards
- Jig saw (you can rent a jig saw from The Home Depot)
- 1 – ¾-in. wooden dowel
- ¾-in. spade bit
- Drill (you can rent a drill from The Home Depot)
- 1⅝-in. square trim screws
- Wood glue
- Nail gun (you can rent a brad nailer from The Home Depot)
- 1-in. brad nails
- Hammer (opt)
- Wood filler
- 220-grit sanding block
- Microfiber cloth
- Paint brush
- Varathane Wood Stain in Dark Walnut
- Varathane spray polyurethane
- Bottle opener (opt)
- Carpenter’s square
- Rubber gloves
Bottle Tote Instructions
Step 1: Measure, Mark & Cut Bottom
Step 2: Measure, Mark & Cut Side Rails
Next, measure and mark the hobby board to get four pieces measuring 2½-in. x 13⅜-in. long, then cut them using your circular saw.
Step 3: Measure, Mark & Cut Curved Sides
To create the sides of the tote, you’ll first make a paper template of the curved profile.
Fold a piece of paper in half, draw the curved portion of the handle, and cut it out. Make sure that the top edge of the side is 13½-in. tall.
Trace this onto two boards, and cut out using the jig saw.
Step 4: Measure, Mark & Cut Inserts
Next, you’ll measure, mark and cut hobby boards for the inserts. These will divide the bottle tote’s interior into six sections.
Using a circular saw, cut one piece to 3½-in. x 11⅞-in. and one piece to 3½-in. x 7⅜-in.
Next, using the jig saw, notch out each insert ½-in. every 3¾ inches. Make your notches 1¾-in. deep. Notch one along the top, the other along the bottom so that they fit nicely together once the cuts are made.
Step 5: Measure, Mark & Cut Dowel Handle
Cut the ¾-in. wooden dowel down to 13⅜ in. long using a circular saw.
Step 6: Drill Holes for Handle
Next, measure then mark for the handle holes on each side to accommodate the dowel.
Step 7: Dry Fit & Pre-Drill
Now that all your pieces are cut and ready to assemble, do a dry fit using a clamp.
Adjust the fit as needed, then pre-drill holes for trim screws.
Step 8: Glue & Screw Frame Together
Step 9: Add Side Rails
Next, add the side rails.
Step 10: Fill Holes & Sand Smooth
Using wood filler, putty up the holes.
Allow the putty to dry, then sand the puttied spots smooth with a 220-grit sanding block.
Step 11: Stain & Seal
Protect the finish of the bottle tote with a spray polyurethane. Dry time varies depending on environment.
Step 12: Attach Bottle Opener
Attach a bottle opener to the side of the tote and load up with your favorite beverages!
Enjoy your new DIY wooden bottle tote. It would make a great gift, too.