Dear Internet, how have you been? I’ve been away for a while, working on a very big project that I will share with you soon. But that’s all done with now, and I’ve come back!
I’ve been itching to show you this little something that I made a while ago. It was a valentine’s present for this guy at my house who likes to drink beer.
We saw a similar, store-bought one at our neighbour’s house. I liked the idea of a beer opener that you couldn’t ever misplace, but of course, for our house we had to have a more unique one.
Just in case you didn’t know, this design that I ended up choosing is the character Bojack Horseman, from the adult cartoon Bojack Horseman. If you’re looking for something hilarious to watch, you should better watch it. If you like clever wordplay, subtle-but-well-thought-out jokes, or occasionally dark humour, you should better watch it. If you haven’t seen it, you should better watch it, now. Seriously. Anyway, so this horse is always drunk and on drugs, so I thought it would be an apt design for a bottle opener.
I started with this random board I found at the place where you buy things. Then I resized a picture of Mr. Horsemen, and printed it off.
I used the “lead transfer method” (not its real name, whatever its real name may be) to copy the image onto the wood board. First, I used a dark pencil to shade in the whole area that I want to transfer onto the wood board.
Then, I traced over the lines on the front side of the picture. Make sure to do this step with some force, to make sure that the lead on the back of the page transfers onto the wood. Don’t worry too much though, about making it perfect. We’re just looking for some rough guidelines here.
Can you see my horse-face?? Next, to the paint!
I painted the board with dollar store acrylic paint, and it actually worked out quite well! The part I had the most trouble with was getting the colour I wanted for the night sky. For some reason, sometimes dollar store acrylic colours just don’t quite mix like you thought it would…so unexpected for all two dollars that I spent on it….
Now it’s time to bust out your power tools and feel like a really useful engine! I can’t say I didn’t struggle a bit with this step, but now I’m telling you with words and not actions, so it’s easy as 1-2-3.
One. Drill 4 baby holes for the metal wires. Two. Position gibongous hose clamp. Three. Feed wires through the holes and around the hose clamp, and twist and secure in the back.
Oh wait, there’s another step. Make that two more steps. You still need to attach the beer opener hardware that you scoured the Internet for. And glue on some strong-ass magnets to the back.
If the two extra steps are just too much to handle, do the One-Step Wonder and send me a message with any design you like, and I’ll get that beer opener made for you.
DIY Beer Opener
1x wood board
1x large hose clamp
1x beer opener hardware
1x small jar
- Transfer image onto wood board.
- Paint the wood board.
- Seal the wood board.
- Drill holes in the wood board.
- Attach the hose clamp to the wood board.
- Secure the wires to the wood board.
- Glue magnets to the wood board.
- Insert jar in hose clamp and hang up the wood board.