Adam Verwymeren, Networx
Wine boxes are pretty easy to come by and are quite useful around the home. Used to ship higher-end wines, you can get your hands on these pine boxes for a bargain price once the wine merchants are done with them.
They come in a variety of sizes — from boxes for a single bottle, to cases capable of carrying a dozen, so there’s a crate for nearly any task or purpose.
To land some of these versatile vessels, you can scour Craigslist, hit up a flea market or ask at a local wine shop or liquor store (I’m lucky because I live in San Francisco, where great wine shops abound). Or, of course, you can just buy some nice wine for yourself. Here are some great ways to use wine crates around the house.
Shelves: Mounted to the wall with the opening facing outwards, you can transform these little boxes into simple shelving units, with space to store stuff both inside and up top.
Planters: Wine crates make perfect window boxes and planters. For indoor use, you’ll want to seal the box with caulk to prevent it from leaking and dripping all over your floor. For outdoor use, you’ll want to drill a few holes in the bottom to provide drainage. And if you want to prevent the box from rotting and warping over time, apply a non-toxic sealer, like the one from Generation Green.
Create Art: Decorate a crate to create interesting, three-dimensional art pieces for your walls.