We love bottles! Seriously, there are so many fantastic things that you can do with re-purposed bottles. Not just bottles, jars too. We have a ton of jars in all shapes and sizes. I can only imagine that most DIY/crafter types are in the same boat. We can't help it. Some people eat the last pickle and throw away the jar, but not us... no, not us. We wash that jar, remove the label, and turn it into something amazing.
I always have bottles and jars sitting on the counter drying, and I have gotten pretty creative about trying to keep them inverted so they will dry on the inside. I am embarrassed to admit this, but one day I finally got tired of trying to figure it out and found myself looking at beer/wine making supplies to find a bottle drying rack. Thankfully, my mental block cleared before I bought the $40 bottle tree!
It may not be pretty, but it's functional and I built this rack (there's actually two of them) in just under two minutes, and I literally spent $2 (okay, $2 and change, but it was still less than $3).
I started with 2 of these dowels. Keep an eye on the price when you buy them. Some stores have dowels from various types of wood and some of them will be more expensive. The cheapest ones are just fine for this project.
*These are 7/16". You don't have to use this width but you don't want to go much thinner. Whatever size you use, you will need to have a drill bit that is the same size or slightly smaller.
I cut my dowels to 8" lengths.
Then I grabbed some scrap wood from the shop. These are drops from some 2x4's. It doesn't really matter what you use, but the depth of the 2x4 worked well.
Your holes will need to be right down the middle of the board for the sake of balance, so starting close to one end, begin to drill your first hole.
When the drill bit is just starting into the wood a bit, tip the drill down so that it will go in at a slight angle.
Begin your next hole no less than 2" away (more if you are going to be drying more jars than bottles) and repeat the process but this time you want to drill at the opposite angle.
Continue, alternating sides, until you run out of space or dowels.
Now wedge the dowels in place.
*Please disregard the red paint that looks vaguely like a bloody fingerprint. I assure you, no one was harmed in the making of this bottle drying rack!
The goal is to have a relatively tight fit.
If you don't have a tight fit, you may want to add a drop of wood glue in each hole.
I have to be honest, I am only sharing this picture because I am really proud of how well those angles line up. Pretty impressive considering my very precise measurement of a "slight" angle. :-)
That's all there is to it.
See, I told you it was a quick project!
*Depending on the severity of your angles and the weight/height of your bottles, it could tip over if not counter balanced. Try to place your bottles in pairs, on opposite sides, until you know how stable it is.