Thursday, February 13, 2014

Drink Local Beer Bottle Opener

I'm really excited about this fun DIY project! It came out looking great and was REALLY EASY to make! I also love how inexpensive it was to finish. This project cost me less than $15!

I made this beer bottle opener to hang in our kitchen/dining area while stuck in the house during the Raleigh Snowpocalypse today. I am so glad that I had obtained all my materials earlier in the week - there was no venturing outside for us the past day and a half! 

I also learned that North Carolina is really hard to paint!! I'm used to Vermont which is basically just a wonky rectangle. I can't imagine being a kindergartner and trying to draw North Carolina... that's just not fair, and those kids in Colorado have it SO easy!


  • Piece of wood - I used an 18" piece of a 2 x 8 Pine Board  from Lowe's for $6. I stained it with some leftover stain from my "No Tools" Headboard project. I thought about using pallet boards but I didn't have any that were wide enough.
  • Paint & Brushes - this is Behr's "Caribe" PPU13-1.  A sample jar costs $4 at Home Depot
  • Beer bottle opener. I obtained mine for $7 from my favorite local home-brew supply shop - Atlantic Brew Supply.
  • Computer/Printer
  • Drill or Screwdriver
  • Pen
  • Tape


Cut and stain your wood if necessary. Stain at least 24 hours before painting so that it soaks in and dries completely. 

Print out your text and/or state outline with a computer. Tape the printed out text to the board and trace over with a pen - pressing hard. Pine is soft so this will leave an indent in the board that you can use as a guide to paint. Do the same with the state outline. 

Remove computer paper and paint. Allow to dry. I needed to do two coats of the teal paint in order to make it pop! the way I wanted.

Once paint has dried, screw your bottle opener into the wood and that's it! You've got yourself a fantastic looking bottle opener!

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