Demijohn Bottle in a Crate for French Farmhouse Decor

Demijohn Bottle in a Crate for French Farmhouse Decor

Since my county no longer recycles glass, the last thing I would have planned on buying from the thrift store was a wine bottle. But this particular bottle was an unusual shape and seemed ideal for upcycling. It made me think of a demijohn bottle that you might see in a French farmhouse / French farmhouse decor, so that’s what I decided to make with it.

Wine bottle at thrift store for upcycling into demijohn bottle or wine bottle vase for French farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

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!

Petri Wine Company wine bottle for recycling and upcycling into demijohn bottle or demijohn vase by Sadie Seasongoods /

But back to my idea for a demijohn vase or demijohn bottle. 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.

Upcycling a Wine Bottle into a Demijohn Vase

First things first, I needed to build a demijohn 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 slats at A.C. Moore craft store for building a demijohn crate for wine bottle as French farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

With craft wood in hand, we measured the circumference of the wine bottle to determine the size of our demijohn 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 demijohn crate from craft wood to fit around wine bottle that will be painted with spray paint for glass by Sadie Seasongoods /

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 demijohn crate).

How to make a demijohn crate for a demijohn vase that can be used as French farmhouse decor on a French country table by Sadie Seasongoods /

A little more super glue and then it was done- a perfect little crate for my future demijohn vase.

But I had to do something about that naked wood color. Enter MY NEW FAVORITE WOOD STAIN IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. This weathered oak stain by Minwax is seriously amazing on this pale wood!

Staining a demijohn crate for a wine bottle vase using Weathered Oak stain for French farmhouse or French country decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

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!). Either way, though, I hope you get a chance to try out this weathered oak stain on one of your projects.

Ok- so, I’m halfway finished with my tabletop demijohn vase! Now for the wine bottle, 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 spray paint for glass that is translucent, liked stained glass.

Spray paint for Glass on wine bottle for upcycling into demijohn bottle or demijohn vase as French farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Demijohn Bottle in a Demijohn Crate for French Farmhouse Decor

After both pieces dried, I could finally see my demijohn bottle idea really come to life- don’t those look great? The spray paint for glass was perfectly pale green and translucent, and the weathered oak stain was PERFECT for my demijohn crate.

Demijohn bottle or demijohn vase from a recycled wine bottle in a handmade crate for French farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Here goes nothin’…let’s see how my demijohn vase looks all put together!

French Country Decor or French farmhouse decor by upcycling a wine bottle into a demijohn vase or wine bottle vase by Sadie Seasongoods /

A little French farmhouse style straight from the recycling bin (or thrift store shelves, as in my case). I love that it’s small enough to sit on a French country table or bookcase and not some enormous glass carboy on the ground. It’s truly a demijohn vase that I’ll be able to change out through the seasons!

Recycling a wine bottle into a demijohn bottle or demijohn vase to use as French country decor or French farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Interested in even more upcycling ideas for glass bottles? Check out my entire collection here! And for all of my repurposed French farmhouse (or just farmhouse) style projects, please check out this collection of mine, as well.

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  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

  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.


  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. 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

  23. Oh I just love this! I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this before. Just a question…what was the exact stain color you used on this? I just have to have one of these! I already have the perfect bottle I purchased quite some time ago. I’m pretty sure I also have the wood…so all I need is to make it! This reminds me of something you would see going into a museum showing…the set up of it all when they bring the pieces in and uncrate them.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I just double checked and I link to it in the blog post where you see all the capital letters in bold blue font!


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