Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wine Crate and Wind Chime

Yesterday's post illustrated the intense labor that is involved when creating a design with origami. Above are two wind chimes that consists of over 3500 nailed silver pailettes on two painted 2x4 ft. boards. It is quite an intensive project to undertake. They hang in an entrance way reflecting light and shimmering and simultaneously resonating the sounds of running water when a light breeze flows through the space. The experience is absolutely mesmerizing and calming. How long does it take to make these wind chimes you might ask? It took nearly 35 hours to nail all of them in place if you work fast.

Click here to get pailettes.
Wind Chime (top) Wine Crate Shoe Boxes (bottom)

Wooden wine crates are becoming a thing of the past. Now days, wine is shipped in cardboard boxes which means that these crates are becoming a bit more rare. Some wineries still use wooden crates to pack their wine but after they are unpacked they are discarded. There is a local wine shop that sells them for just a few dollars each where I picked them up and made them into shoe boxes. Measuring about 7"x13"x20" they save a lot of walkway space.
Front View
Front View Opened
Side View 

I am writing the plans on making these wine crate shoe boxes. If you would like a copy, then please click here  or email me directly at and I will send you a copy when I am finished writing.


  1. I think it's still safer to ship wine in a crate rather than in a cardboard box. Wooden crates are sturdier, thus fit for encasing fragile and delicate items. What’s more is, if you're creative, could use the wood to turn into something useful like this one. [Pedro@ ]

  2. Yes. You’re right, Pedro! Crate is the most suitable storage for wine, especially for shipping purposes. The crate can fully protect the fragile wine glasses from breaking, unlike when it is just stored in a cardboard box.
    Renea Luong @ Legacy