Wine Caddy Utensil Tote

By  Mary Jo Gross 

"May your life be like good wine... tasty, sharp, and clear... and like good wine, may it improve with every passing year." - Author unknown. Get double duty from this project. Not only does it work great as a wine caddy, but it's also perfect as an outdoor utensil holder.

  • Wine Caddy Utensil Tote
  • Closeup View


  • Creative Woodworks Tote (T155), 9"x4"x14"


  • Rebecca Baer Background Stencil: Scrollwork
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Black Green, Blue/Grey Mist, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Dioxazine Purple, Fawn, Honey Brown, Light Mocha, Pansy Lavender, Payne’s Grey, Plantation Pine, Royal Purple, Soft Black, Warm White, Winter Blue
  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: La Corneille Golden Taklon: Wash/Glaze, Series 7550, 3/4"; Shader, Series 7300, #4, #10, #12; Script Liner, Series 7050, #18/0
  • Loew-Cornell Specialty Brushes: Crescent Golden Taklon & Bristle, Series 247, 1/4”
  • JoSonja Sure Touch Synthetic Hair Paintbrushes: Filbert, Series 1385, #2, #6
  • DecoArt: Americana Wood Sealer; DuraClear Varnish, Matte; Faux Glazing Medium

Pattern - Wine Caddy Utensil Tote

  • Preparation
  • 1. Use mix of sealer + Lt. Mocha (2:1) to seal entire surface. Let dry. Sand lightly and wipe dust. Add a touch of glazing medium to brush to slip-slap entire outer surface with Warm White, Lt. Mocha, and Fawn. Base inside of carrier Fawn.
  • 2. Measure and mark the following border lines at bottom and to each side of surface: 1/4", 1-1/2", 1/4". Use stencil to stencil Fawn in 1-1/2" space on each side of surface and entire upper section of back side. Tape off 1/4" borders; paint Royal Purple. Shade Fawn above and below border edges. Paint a Royal Purple border line in upper section of each side, 1/4" from edges.
  • 3. Print out patterns; transfer basic window frame and ledge pattern lines on front side. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Window Scene
  • 1. Wash Blue/Grey Mist inside entire window. Wash sky area Winter Blue; glaze Dioxazine Purple along top of mountains. Wash Plantation Pine on mountains and ground areas. Lightly shade Plantation Pine along top of mountains. Use edge of crescent brush and Plantation Pine to stipple background trees and vineyard rows; add Black Green here and there for shading. Lightly dry brush Honey Brown and a touch of Burnt Sienna between rows.
  • 2. Base building Lt. Mocha and roof Honey Brown. Shade building with Fawn and highlight Warm White. Shade roof Burnt Sienna and then Burnt Umber. Paint windows and door Burnt Umber. Stipple bushes in yard Plantation Pine and Black Green. Glaze Honey Brown and Dioxazine Purple here and there in vineyard and foreground.
  • Window Frame and Ledge
  • 1. Base window frame and ledge Warm White; use Fawn to shade and add wood grain lines.
  • Wine Bottle and Glass
  • 1. Wash entire bottle Plantation Pine; shade Black Green along outer edges and dry brush Warm White highlight shines. Base label and cork Lt. Mocha; shade Honey Brown. Highlight top of cork Warm White. Lightly stipple Honey Brown in center of label. Use Royal Purple to add label lines, "sketchy" wording, and design. Paint bottle band Royal Purple.
  • 2. Wash entire glass Warm White. Wash wine area Honey Brown; glaze a touch of Royal Purple along bottom of wine. Outline and highlight Warm White.
  • Grapes, Leaves, and Vines
  • 1. All grapes, leaves and vines are done in same manner.
  • 2. Wash leaves Plantation Pine; shade Black Green and highlight Blue/Grey Mist. Use Black Green to outline and to add veins. Glaze here and there with Honey Brown and Royal Purple.
  • 3. Using dirty brush method and semiwashy paint, base grapes with one coat Royal Purple, Pansy Lavender, and Dioxazine Purple keeping lighter color grapes on top. (Note: If grapes start looking the same color, rinse brush and start picking up colors again.) Shade grapes Dioxazine Purple; deepen with Payne's Grey. Highlight Lt. Mocha on "top" grapes. Add Lt. Mocha highlight shines; while wet, "smoosh" with finger to soften.
  • 4. Base stems and vines Burnt Umber; shade Soft Black here and there.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use Fawn to shade behind bottle, window frame, glass, grape bunches and vine leaves. Paint words Royal Purple. (Note: Feel free to change words to your favorite type of wine.) Use Royal Purple to paint bottom base, handle, and raw edges of carrier.
  • 2. Apply two to three varnish coats.