Wine Rack – DIY

Hey guys! We love a quick and cheap project and this Wine Rack – DIY might be a Shanty Fave!

Shanty 2 Chic Wine Rack 4

Today we will be showing you all how to make this simple rustic chic wine rack for under $15.  Can’t beat that!

Here are the supplies you will need for this project…

1 – 2×6 cut at 38″

5 – 2×4 cut at 10″

10 – 5/16 x 4 1/2″ hex bolts (we found ours on the hardware aisle for $.38 a piece)

10 – 2 1/2″ wood screws

wood glue

finishing supplies

Now let’s get started!

We used our miter saw to make all the cuts.  This saw makes it simple and quick!  We had them done in no time!

Ryobi Compound Miter Saw

Before attaching all of our pieces, we like to sand all of our corners and edges down a bit with my corner cat sander. We love the look it gives the finished piece!  We use it all the time and it’s perfect for this job.

Ryobi Corner Cat Sander

This is what the edges look like after we finished sanding.

sanded edge of wood

We started by marking our 2×6 board.  Then we lined up our 2×4 piece every 6″ and marked lines on the bottom and top of the 2×4.  We did this to both sides of the 2×6 board.

mark line on wood

Before attaching our 2×4’s to our 2×6, we put 2 holes in the top and front of each 10″ piece.  You want them really close to the front.  Ours are about 1/4″ from the edge.

Picture 7

We used our cordless drill for this part!  This is hands down our favorite drill we have ever used!  It has so many cool features that set it apart from others, and it’s lightweight.

Next, we added a line of Gorilla wood glue onto our 2×4 pieces and clamped them to the 2×6 where we made our marks. Easy!


We used our drill to pre-drill 2 small holes where each 2×4 piece would sit.

Ryobi Drill

Now we used our drill to insert our wood screws through those holes.  This is what the back of the 2×6 looks like where each 2×4 sits.

Wood Screws

After we had all of our boards attached, we gave the whole piece a coat of our favorite…


We use Dark Walnut Stain.

After it dried we went back over the edges and corners again with our Corner Cat to give it a worn finish.  Love it!

We decided to ‘shanty’ it up a bit by adding a small label on the front of each board using chalkboard spray paint.  We just taped the area off with blue tape and spray painted the chalkboard paint on.  Totally optional!

Our final step was adding our hex screws.  Just insert 1 into each of the holes and you are set!

Make sure to use anchors on the wall if you can’t attach yours to a stud.

Here is ours all finished up!

Shanty 2 Chic Wine Rack 5

Shanty 2 Chic Wine Rack 3

Shanty 2 Chic Wine Rack 1

Shanty 2 Chic Wine Rack 2

Shanty 2 Chic Wine Rack 4

Hope you love this wine rack as much as we do!  Ash and I had so much fun working on this one together!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  We hope you guys have an awesome weekend!  Make sure to share your Shanty inspired creations with us over on our Facebook page!  We love seeing and sharing them!


  1. Daisy on May 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    this is great my dad owns a pub and this will be perfect as we have a lot of wine drinkers ????

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  4. Randy on February 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Looks very nice…do you have plans without all of the pictures? I know what my Ryobi tools look like 🙂

  5. Brian on August 31, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Finished this a couple weeks ago… Wanted to fill it up with wine
    before I posted a pic. I made one for a friend also. Thanks for the

  6. Anne Curwen on August 3, 2015 at 7:13 am

    One of my favorite projects! Thanks for the idea!!

  7. Alexandra Marie on February 18, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Would the Kreg tool work for this as well?

    • Spencer on December 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

      The Kreg pocket hole joinery method is not a great choice for this, even though you could do it. Screwing from the back is easier and, IMHO, gives the stronger joint because the screw will penetrate the 2×4 shelf further than you can penetrate the 2×6 with a pocket hole screw. The pocket hole method in this situation offers no benefit while taking a lot more time to execute (compared to the very simple “drill and screw” from the backside). Save it for when it is the better and/or the easier of the available options. That’s my 2-cents.

  8. Jeff Going on November 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Nice easy project. I did it all with one 2x6x8′. I ripped the 10″ pieces to 4″ to accommodate wider bottles.

  9. Jill Marr Griffin on January 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Snow day #2 project! Thanks girls for all these great projects!

  10. Ryan Chapman on January 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Just finished mine today. I had the same issue as some other people in that when I put the bolts in 1/4 inch from the corner with 5/16 bolts, its too tight. So I ended up getting some large nails (5 inch ones) that are probably closer to 1/4 inch and using those instead. It actually works pretty well because the nails move in the hole I created a little, but are deep enough they will never come out, so the move forward for larger bottles.

  11. mybabiesmom on December 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I just made my wine rack and am hanging it using a french cleat.

  12. [email protected] on November 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    One of my favorite things that we’ve made from you! Thanks for the cute plans!!

  13. Amanda on November 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Can’t wait to make this this weekend! What grit sandpaper do you use when you are roughing up your boards before staining? Thanks!!

  14. Dorin on October 28, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Verry nice. I will make one and i post one photo. Good Job!

  15. May Primdal on October 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    This is sooo cute i want to make the same 😀 thank you for inspiration!

  16. Linda Crandall on July 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I made two of these this afternoon with scrap wood left in my bin! I gave one away for a house warming gift and hung the other in my dining area. I love them. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Alyssa on May 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Hi! We just did this project and it turned out great!! Except for one this, the wine bottles don’t fit! All but one bottle we purtchased are too wide and don’t fit behind the screws. We did tall nails instead of hex screws, but they are still inserted as close to the edge as possible. We could take the 2x4s off but I’m worried that with the wood glue it will mess up the 2×6. Do you have any suggestions on how to fix it? Thanks so much!!!

    • Collin Baker on July 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Ditto issue. I preemptively put them closer to the edge than mentioned which means all standard bottles now fit. If I were doing it again I would definitely go with different bolts. To fix it you may have to try wood putty and redrilling smaller holes for smaller bolts. Or you could try to go fancy and get some type of artisan bolt/do-hicky that bows outward slightly so it would accommodate the fact that the bottles are round at their largest point.

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  19. Mark Waschek on April 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    This is a great project! I can’t tell from the pictures. How did you hang the wine rack? Is there a hanger on the back, or did you screw through the 2×6 into a stud?

    • Anne Curwen on August 3, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I hung mine with 3 inch screws and hid them behind one of the bottles

  20. Melissa Kemp Smith on March 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Hi. I just discovered your blog and I am so impressed and inspired. Such beautiful things you create! I really want to try to make this wine rack as my first woodworking project. But, can you tell m how you attachd it to the wall? Did you just drill directly through the 2×6 into the stud? What size of screw would you use to attach it to a stud? Thank you so much! -Melissa

  21. Tonya Lynn on March 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    OMGOMG! My dad just got some saws today. He’ll be happy to cut some wood for me. Then I’ll make my boyfriend do the rest. He would be happy to, i’m sure. 😉 😛

  22. [email protected] on March 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    This is a great idea and really cute! Nicely done 🙂

  23. Beckie @Infarrantly Creative on March 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Brilliant idea! I love those labels – cool! Thanks for sharing this project!

  24. Mindi Carwin on March 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

    This is really a fabulous project I love how you used the hex screws! I don’t drink wine, but I am sure I could use this cool design for something else…Great job ladies!

  25. Jessica Judyski on March 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I LOVE this! I probably missed it before — but do you have concrete floors?? They are amazing.

  26. Roxanne Reinhart on March 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

    You did a great job. It looks so good on your wall with the crate and baskets below

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