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DIY Bottle Opener – Father’s Day Gift Idea

Dad will love a DIY bottle opener for Father’s Day! They are so simple and inexpensive to make using reclaimed wood!

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I’ve been having a blast sharing some Father’s Day gift ideas with you. We made these super simple DIY spice rubs that are sure to be a hit with BBQin’ Dads! I also shared unique Father’s Day gifts under $50 from Etsy. On that list, you saw a sneak peek of this Reclaimed Wood Bottle Opener that I have available for sale in my Etsy store. I promised a tutorial for this fun project so you can make one yourself!

Today’s tutorial for these this DIY bottle opener uses my favorite material – reclaimed wood! We made two versions of this wall-mounted DIY bottle opener. One was made with pallet wood and the other was made with reclaimed cedar fence boards. Dads will love these rustic looking wooden bottle openers for Father’s Day.

Here’s a replay of the live video that I did over on Hometalk’s Facebook page to show how to make this fun DIY bottle opener along with my Spice Rubs. 

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Supplies needed for DIY Bottle Opener:

Man using a hand sander on a piece of reclaimed pallet wood to make wooden bottle opener

Step 1. Sand wood.

Since we are using reclaimed pallet wood, it does need a light sanding. I usually just leave it at that though.

I love the old character of the wood to shine through, so I typically sand it using a hand sander with either 100 or 220 grit sandpaper until it’s smooth.

Miter saw cutting pallet wood

Step 2. Cut wood.

You will need 5 pieces of cut reclaimed wood, but we’re only going cut the first 4 right now. Here’s your cut list:

  • 1 piece 15”-16” long (for the back of the bottle opener)
  • 2 pieces 3 3.4” long (for the sides of the cap catcher box)
  • 1 piece as long as your back piece is wide, which will vary slightly depending on your reclaimed wood (for the front of the cap catcher box). Mine was about 5 inches.
Left side of photo shows three pieces of wood getting glued together in the shape of a "U" and right side of photo shows the "U" shape getting nailed together with nail gun

Step 3. Build cap catcher box.

Add a little wood glue to the ends of the side pieces and then lay the front piece of the box on top. Adjust it by hand until it is square. Next, using your nail gun secure with a few nails on each side.

You could also use pocket holes here if you have a pocket hole jig!

Right side of photo shows three pieces of pallet wood in the shape of a "U" getting wood glue applied and the right side of the photos shows the cap catcher box getting nailed to the DIY bottle opener

Step 4. Attach cap catcher box.

Again, grab that wood glue and add a thin line on the edges of the sides on the back of the box. Lay it on the bottom of the box and adjust by hand until everything is square. Flip the bottle opener over and add nails on the sides.

Bottle of reclaimed wood DIY bottle opener getting nailed together to secure

Step 5. Add bottom to cap catcher box.

Remember in Step 2 when I said we were only cutting 4 of the 5 pieces needed? This is last piece of wood you need to cut.

We found that it is easier to measure this after the cap catcher box is already built and attached.

Measure the opening on the bottom of the box and cut a small piece to fit. Add a thin line of wood glue around the edges and slide into the opening. Secure the bottom by nailing it around the sides.

Stencil made with contact paper laying on top of pallet wood waiting to be painted to make a DIY bottle opener

Step 6. Cut stencil.

You could technically leave it as is without painting anything. The character of the reclaimed pallet wood shines through and it already looks awesome. But I really wanted to make it look a little more unique and festive. I chose to stencil on “Cheers!”.

I cut the stencil out using my handy Silhouette Cameo and adhesive shelf liner / contact paper. This is a great material to make one time use stencils and it’s so affordable!

Here’s the “Kiss cut” settings for Cameo with contact paper:

  • Font – Playlist Script
  • Material – New Material
  • Action – Cut
  • Tool – AutoBlade
  • Cut Edge
  • Blade Height (dial): 1
  • Force: 8
  • Passes: 1
  • Speed: 8
  • Note: I have a Cameo 3 machine.
  • Note: Always do a test first when trying new settings or materials, they may need to be adjusted.
Left side of photos shows stencil attached to wood that says "Cheers" and finger with Mod Podge on it. Right side of photo showing finger rubbing Mod Podge over the stencil to seal it

Step 7. Seal stencil.

Now we’re almost ready to paint the design, but first I’ve got an amazing tip for you guys!!! I have a new way to avoid stencils from bleeding. During my last Hometalk LIVE video when I was making this wood sign, someone in the audience shared this tip with me and I don’t think my life will ever be the same!

Once you peel the backing off of your stencil and attach it to the wood, you add a bit of Mod Podge….yes, I said MOD PODGE. I just put a little dab of it on my finger and rub around and the front of the stencil, making sure I get all of the edges. By doing this, you create a seal on the lines of the stencil. Let Mod Podge dry before painting. You can read more about this awesome Mod Podge sign making hack!

Stencil that says Cheers painted with white paint on pallet wood

Step 8. Paint design.

I used a foam brush and white acrylic paint. Even though we have the stencil sealed, you still wanted to do light coats of paint on the stencil to avoid bleeding.

Pulling stencil off of wood showing nice crisp lines with no bleeding under stencil

Seriously guys!!! Look at those fresh lines with NO BLEEDS.

Drilling bottle opener to wood piece that is painted with Cheers
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Step 9. Attach bottle opener.

This bottle opener doesn’t come with screws and that’s ok. For the purposes of gift giving, you’ll probably want to choose a screw that is about just long to attach the bottle opener to the wood.

However, we recommend that when you mount the bottle opener on the wall, replace the screws with 1 5/8” long and place it in a stud. This is the best way to secure the bottle opener to the wall. It will be MUCH more secure than adding a sawtooth comb to the back of the bottle opener like others say.

Spray bottle of Krylon UV-Resistant Clear acrylic coating in front of DIY bottle opener made with pallet wood and painted with Cheers on it

Step 10. Seal.

I finish most of my wood projects using this UV Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating. It’s an easy way to seal the DIY bottle opener for future use.

DIY bottle opener sitting on table that has been painted with Cheers in white lettering with a text overlay that says made with pallet wood
Zoomed in shot of pallet wood bottle opener painted with "Cheers" with rustic metal opener

Let’s a get a round of applause from man caves everywhere! A rustic looking salvaged wood bottle opener that will fit right in with the manly decor.

Two pallet wood bottle openers sitting side by side on table with text overlay that says make this for dad with an arrow point to bottle opener
Zoomed in shot of Cheers in white lettering painted on reclaimed wood

So, guys…cheers! Cheers to Dads!

Two DIY bottle openers painted with Cheers with rustic metal openers attached and a box at bottom to catch the beer caps with text overlay that says DIY bottle opener

If you are interested in skipping the whole DIY part and just want to purchase this rustic bottle opener, you can purchase it here.  

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How to Make A DIY Bottle Opener

Yield: 1 Bottle Opener
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Dad will love a DIY bottle opener for Father’s Day! They are so simple and inexpensive to make using reclaimed wood!

Instructions

  1. Sand wood.
  2. Cut wood.
  3. Build cap catcher box.
  4. Attach cap catcher box.
  5. Add bottom to cap catcher box.
  6. Cut stencil.
  7. Seal stencil.
  8. Paint design.
  9. Attach bottle opener.

5 thoughts on “DIY Bottle Opener – Father’s Day Gift Idea

  1. I absolutely love your summer printable. I can’t wait to receive it in my inbox. Thanks for this free gift.

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