Crated Demijohn Vase with an Upcycled Wine Bottle

Crated Demijohn Vase with an Upcycled Wine Bottle

Recycling glass is still an issue in my county (i.e., they no longer accept it), so I’m always thinking up new ways to repurpose glass. I’ve already done a couple of projects with glass bottles and I’ve got more ideas on the way- but first, a new project today! Ok, ok- so bear with me here, because I BOUGHT a glass bottle at the thrift store. The fact is, we rarely buy anything in glass anymore so I don’t have much sitting around- but anyway, back to my idea…

Vintage Petri Wine Co. bottle jug at thrift store to be repurposed into DIY French Country style decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Large and in charge!

This wine bottle caught my eye- it’s larger than the average bottle (making it more of a wine jug, perhaps), and a quick search on Google told me that based on the embossed name on the bottle, it was an interesting vintage piece. In other words, not just your average glass bottle!

Vintage Petri Wine Co. bottle jug at thrift store to be repurposed into DIY French Country style decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s definitely vintage!

With the knowledge that it was more of a vintage wine jug, I couldn’t help but think of a crated demijohn. You know what I’m talking about- those HUGE wine jugs that sit in an old wooden crate…big enough to live on the floor as a massive vase or to hold loose change. Anyway, I started wondering if I could create a smaller, tabletop-sized version with my thrifted vintage bottle. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

First things first, I needed to build a dainty little crate- and while I would rather have used reclaimed wood, it’s rarely small and/or narrow enough for my vision. So, I headed to my local A.C. Moore because they have a terrific supply of craft wood in various shapes and sizes- and I needed ruler-width slats and small square dowels.

Craft wood selection at A.C. Moore for small wood-working DIY projects by Sadie Sesaongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

For all your small-scale woodworking needs!

Building a small scale crate for vintage wine jug to upcycle as crated demijohn vase by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Perfect size for a tabletop “crate”!

With craft wood in hand, we measured the circumference of the bottle to determine the size of our crate. After measuring twice to cut once, we made the first piece of the crate- a square ring held together with super glue (using this kind because it has a dainty little brush).

Building a small scale crate for vintage wine jug to upcycle as crated demijohn vase by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sizing things up…

The sizing was perfect, so we recreated the square ring a second time, but added three slats as a platform bottom. And then we cut four equally long pieces of square dowel to act as the risers (or, corners of the crate).

Building a small scale crate for vintage wine jug to upcycle as crated demijohn vase by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Coming together nicely…

A little more super glue and then it was done- a perfect little crate for the wine jug to sit in!

Creating a tabletop sized crated demijohn with an upcycled wine bottle and DIY craft wood crate by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There! A small scale version of the real thing…

But I had to do something about that naked wood color. Enter MY NEW FAVORITE WOOD STAIN IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

Using Minwax Weathered Oak wood stain on DIY crated demijohn from a repurposed wine jug by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Weathered. Perfection.!!

I mean- can you believe it? That perfect brown-grey color that just screams “vintage”. (Truth be told, though- this is the result on basswood. I don’t know how it’ll look on other wood species!)

Ok- so, I’m halfway finished with my tabletop crated demijohn! Now for the wine jug, I could have left it as-is, but I’m not exactly known for that (wink, wink). I decided to give it just a kiss of green (though blue would be an excellent choice, too) with some stained glass spray paint.

Using Krylon stained glass spray paint on repurposed vintage wine bottle by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adding just a kiss of color to the wine bottle…

After both pieces dried, I could finally see my crated demijohn vision really come to life- don’t those look great?

DIY tabletop crated demijohn from upcycled vintage wine bottle and DIY wooden crate from craft wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, well, well…

DIY tabletop crated demijohn from upcycled vintage wine bottle and DIY wooden crate from craft wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Would you look at that?? It worked!

A little French Country style straight from the recycling bin (or thrift store shelves, as in my case). I just adore this- and it’ll be fun to find different stems to fill it with as seasons change.

DIY tabletop crated demijohn from upcycled vintage wine bottle and DIY wooden crate from craft wood by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. This came out gorgeous!

  2. Cathy Bizri says:

    love this. I enjoy getting your emails with all of your various ideas. Love everything you create

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Cathy!! I try not to overdue the emails. 🙂 But I’m so thrilled to hear that you enjoy them!

  3. Very cute, love the little crate!!

  4. Beverly Satchfield says:

    I LOVE this. You know I love to do things with wine bottles. (As well as drink the wine!) Nice find by the way…very cool bottle.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Bev!! It felt a little oxymoronic- to buy a bottle when you know all too well our recycling hindrances here- but it’s such cool shape and it’s definitely older. I think the winery was sold in the 50s or 60s. Which, while not old per se…but old for a wine bottle that would otherwise be thrown away!

  5. Sarah, OOH LA LA. . . . . that stain color, with the perfect hint of green from the Kyrlon stained glass paint on the wine jug – girl this is just perfection! I love, love, love it!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so much!! Girl, you should have heard the inappropriate noises I made when I first tried that stain on the basswood. I was PRETTY ecstatic!

  6. What a great project…the crate turned out wonderful, and the bottle, too! Great job!

  7. Love this idea but it made me think. I see you used the stained glass green paint. Do you know how it differs from the sea foam sea glass paint?

  8. Genius! I’ll bet no one else has thought about doing this even though they would want a “real” demijohn. You rocked it!

  9. So very gorgeous. Also, it doesn’t seem like an overwhelming project. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

    Maureen

  10. Love this project. I am obsessed with demijohns. Now I create my own.

  11. super cute…I gotta get some of that spray paint. I’ve used wine bottles –the regular kind, as garden bed edging. Bury them upside-down to just beyond the shoulder. Mine is mixed colors but you could do all one color too, depends on the wine you drink. No pics– it’s night here now.

  12. So pretty! I have one of the large antique versions… but this is such a fun smaller version!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I’m only ever admired the real-deal big versions…and those just won’t work in my small-ish house, so… 😉

  13. Janet johnson says:

    Even though I’ve never used one of your ideas exactly as presented, I always learn some little tidbit to file away in my mind for some use in the future.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I love that, Janet! I learn little tidbits along the way, too, and am ever happy to share. 🙂

  14. I can’t help but ask… did you buy the adorable little (sugar?) bowl to the right of the glass bottle?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I did not!! It’s funny (or maybe sad) what I miss when I’m laser-focused on the item that I’m purchasing!

  15. Wow, this is amazing. Very clever and creative!

  16. Wow, wow, I love, love, love this. You did a fabulous job. Beautiful!

  17. You are the queen of recycle and DIY!! I LOVE this project and will have to do this for my home!! Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous idea!!

  18. acraftymix says:

    How on earth did I miss this one Sarah. It looks gorgeous. You’re so clever with the ideas you come up with. I’ll be hunting for unusual wine bottle, empty or maybe full 😉 to make this for our little holiday cottage. It’s perfect

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Awww, thank you!! And I think you’ll have WAY MORE FUN if you locate an unusually shaped wine jug that just happens to be full. 😉

  19. Awe, such a cute idea!

  20. Kathy A. says:

    Great project, as usual! Great tutorial, too!

  21. Wow, nicely done. I love this post.

  22. angela carrera says:

    love this!!! I am not handy with power tools. how did you cut the strips of wood?? great project!!! thanks
    Angela from NJ

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