Hi, it's David from Cheltenham Road just back from stalking the aisles of my local Home Depot.
I really enjoy playing the “what can I make out of that?” game and the plumbing section always seems to have tons of possibilities.
This time I noticed the simple PVC caps that you would use to seal up the end of a pipe. They come in multiple sizes and I thought the 4 inch version would make a great and useful wine bottle coaster. You know, just to class the joint up a bit!
The caps are sturdy and, better yet, crazy inexpensive (like $1.80) and with some Mod Podge and paper you could make them to match any occasion.
Here is what I used for mine:
Wine Bottle Coaster
- 4″ Drain Pipe Cap
- Matte Mod Podge (not pictured)
- Hard Coat Mod Podge
- Black Spray Paint
- Scrapbook Paper
- White Glue (not pictured)
It all came together pretty quickly.
I sprayed the cap black and while it dried cut the scrap book paper. I cut mine just a tiny bit narrower than the width of the cap and since one sheet of paper wouldn't go all the way around I did some careful cutting to make the pattern match where the two pieces met.
Using Matte Mod Podge and a foam brush I attached the paper to the cap.
and once it had dried gave it a couple of coats of Hard Coat Mod Podge for durability.
To absorb moisture from any sweating wine bottle I used the white glue to add one of the cork rounds to the inside bottom of the cap. I also added the other cork round to the bottom to protect the furniture.And I was done!
Let the wine flow freely!
Further Thoughts – ie. ideas I thought of only after I had finished my wine bottle coaster (happens all the time!).
As I did this it occurred to me that it would also be cool to use silver spray paint rather than black for a more upscale look.
They do sell black PVC caps but they were a lot more expensive (I don't know why)
If you wanted to add a little extra weight and take the look up a notch you could attach the PVC cap to one of those round, wood plaques that Michaels sells which I think would finish it off nicely.
These pipe caps would also make great little dishes for keys or odds and ends. Perhaps, rather than the cork, just mod podge in the decorative paper on the inside of the cap and then seal it with Hard Coat Mod Podge or perhaps even Envirotex Epoxy for a really sturdy bottom.