Use a can opener to remove the tops and the bottoms of multiple cans (here, 12). Spray-paint the outside of each. When they’re dry, glue them together with a strong adhesive (like Krazy Glue) in an artful, balanced way. (Binder clips can steady the cans until they’re dry.)
2 of 13Mark Weiss
Coffee Filter as Wine Strainer
When the cork crumbles, salvage a bottle of wine by slowly pouring it through a filter into a pitcher or carafe. That way your $25 Fume Blanc won't go down the drain.
3 of 13Jim Cooper
Sock as Wine Bag
Slip a (clean) patterned kneesock over the bottom of a bottle, then knot the top to create a decorative carrier. Better yet, offer your hostess two bottles so she can later enjoy toasty toes.
4 of 13James Baigrie
Dish Towel as Wine Bag
Place the bottle along one side of the fabric so that the bottle’s top meets the top of the fabric. Fold the excess material at the bottom over the bottle, forming a pocket of sorts. Then roll the dish towel evenly and secure at the neck with ribbon.
5 of 13Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Kristine Trevino
Wristband as Wine Protector
Toting more than one bottle to a party? Slip a wristband over one to prevent banging or breaking.
6 of 13James Wojcik
Salt as Wine Chiller
Chill a bottle of bubbly fast. Place ice around the bottle’s base in a bucket and sprinkle with a few tablespoons of salt. Repeat, layering ice and salt up to the bottle’s neck. Fill with water, wait 10 minutes, and serve.
7 of 13Monica Buck
Cold Compress as Wine Chiller
Get that bottle of Pinot Grigio to the perfect temperature by wrapping it in a cold compress or ice pack.
8 of 13James Baigrie
Raisin as Champagne Restorer
Drop a raisin into the open bottle a few minutes before pouring and any last gasps of carbon dioxide that are left in the wine will stick to the raisin’s ridged surface, then release again as tiny bubbles. A little more sparkle to lift your spirits.
9 of 13Photo: Erica McCartney; Styling: Kristine Trevino
Gift Tag as Glass Marker
Personalize key tags and attach to glass stems with a decorative ribbon. This way, each guest can fill their own glass with whatever tastes right!
10 of 13Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Kristine Trevino
Holiday Tags as Drink Labels
Merlot gone missing? A small, adhesive gift tag keeps each drink in the right hand.
11 of 13John Lawton; Styling: Linden Elstran
Stretchy Bracelets as Wine Charms
Snag a couple of your child's stretchy bracelets to identify guests' glasses at your next party. Bonus points if the shapes match your party's theme. Submitted by: Abby123
12 of 13Photo: John Lawton; Styling: Linden Elstran
Pipe Cleaners as Drink Labels
Skip the fancy wine charms and use an array of brightly colored pipe cleaners to identify guests' drinks at your next get-together. Submitted by: LassieBV
13 of 13Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Kristine Trevino
Jewelry Box as Coaster
A pretty jewelry box top is the perfect size for most wine glasses. Decorate the inside or add some confetti for a party.