DIY Wooden Bottle Tote

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DIY Wooden Bottle Tote

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.

Bottle_Tote_Materials & Tools

Materials Needed


Bottle Tote Instructions

Step 1: Measure, Mark & Cut Bottom

After measuring and marking your 1-in. x 8-in. poplar board, clamp it down to your work table, and using a circular saw, cut it to 7⅜ x 11⅞ inches long. This will be the bottom of the bottle tote.

NOTE: When cutting wood, always clamp it down to a stable work surface. Wear safety glasses, ear plugs and work gloves as your tools require.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


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.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


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.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


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.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


Step 5: Measure, Mark & Cut Dowel Handle

Cut the ¾-in. wooden dowel down to 13⅜ in. long using a circular saw.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


Step 6: Drill Holes for Handle

Next, measure then mark for the handle holes on each side to accommodate the dowel.

Using a ¾-in. spade bit, use your drill to make a hole at the top of each board, positioning the bit so that the center is 1¼ inches from the top edge of each board.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


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.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


Step 8: Glue & Screw Frame Together

De-clamp, apply wood glue, then with the drill, secure frame together using 1⅝-in. square trim screws.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


Step 9: Add Side Rails

Next, add the side rails.

Attach using a nail gun with 1-in. brad nails. (You could also use a hammer.)

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


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.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


Step 11: Stain & Seal

Wipe the dust away with a microfiber cloth, then stain the tote and inserts with Varathane Wood Stain in Dark Walnut.

Protect the finish of the bottle tote with a spray polyurethane. Dry time varies depending on environment.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


Step 12: Attach Bottle Opener

Attach a bottle opener to the side of the tote and load up with your favorite beverages!

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


Enjoy your new DIY wooden bottle tote. It would make a great gift, too.

DIY Wooden Bottle Tote


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Cutlist

1 – 7⅜" x 11⅞" x 1" poplar board
4 – 2½" x 13⅜" x 1" poplar hobby board
2 – 7⅜" x 13½" x 1" poplar hobby board (curved handle pieces, where the top edge of the side is 13½" tall)
1 – 3½" x 11⅞" x 1" poplar hobby board
1 – 3½" x 7⅜" x 1" poplar hobby board
1 – 13⅜" x ¾" section of wooden dowel

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