Rolled newspaper wine bottle holder
If you feel that weaving with rolled newspaper to make baskets might be too much for you, consider using rolled newspaper tubes in an easier method to create home decor accessories. In this project you roll newspaper tubes to create an attractive wine bottle holder - and it won't cost anything other than a few supplies that you probably already have.
Follow the instructions here to make the rolled newspaper tubes. You need enough tubes for a width and height of 28cm. I had quite a few cut-off pieces that I managed to use for the shorter side. Use scrap board to line up and hold the tubes in place.
Use a paintbrush to apply white paper or craft glue to the front of the rolled tubes. Apply 2 coats of glue, letting each coat dry before applying the next coat. Turn over and repeat this process on the back as well.
Once dry, the rolled tubes should be reasonably stiff and completely glued together. On the right side measure up 28cm, on the left side measure up 12cm, and across the top edge measure 14cm. Draw a diagonal line from the bottom (which measures 28cm) to the 14cm mark.
Before cutting the tubes to shape, roll around a wine bottle to make sure the tube will be wide enough. If the fit is too tight, glue on an extra tube or two.
Use a sharp craft knife and cutting mat to cut the tubes to the marked shape. Wrap this around your wine bottle and secure with twine or tape. Apply a thin bead of wood glue to the join and let this dry.
For the base, cut a piece of cork, masonite, or stiff cardboard that is 1cm wider than the wine bottle.
With the wine bottle inside, secure the base to the bottom of the rolled tubes with glue and let this dry. Wipe away any excess with a cloth.
Flatten out a rolled paper tube and put double-sided tape on the back. Fasten this around the top and side edges, as well as around the base to cover up the cardboard edge.
Apply glue to the open edges of the tubes. Leave this to dry and then apply wood filler to fill in any gaps. Once dry, sand smooth with 180-grit sandpaper.
To finish off, spray with Rust-Oleum 2X ultra cover in your choice of colour. I wanted to use Gloss apple red but couldn't fine any, so I used Satin espresso. I so wish that I had discovered this project before Christmas - it would make a perfect gift. I'm definitely keeping this one in mind for Fathers Day!