DIY Bottle Opener

Hey guys!  I have a quick and easy project for you, today, that would make a great Father’s Day gift and it’s easy enough that the kids could help! A DIY Bottle Opener!

how-to-make-a-bottle-openerI was able to use my cedar fence plank scraps from my DIY Planters so my cost was only in the metal hardware and the bottle opener!

measurementsIf you don’t have cedar fence plank scraps, you can purchase a 1x6x6 from Home Depot for about $3.  I cut 3 pieces at 4″, one piece at 6″ and one piece at 21″.  A simple hand saw (link to purchase in the box below) will work great if you don’t have a saw!

attach-4-inch-piecesNext, attach the 4″ pieces like this with wood glue and finishing nails.  I used my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer but if you don’t have one, a hammer and finishing nails will work great!

attach-frontUsing wood glue and finishing nails, attach the 6″ piece to the front of the 4″ pieces.

bottle-cap-holder-assembledIt will look like this now :)  This is the box that will catch our bottle caps!

add-wood-glueAdd wood glue to the back of the bottle cap catcher

attach-bottle-cap-catcherand attach it to the 21″ board with finishing nails (from the back of the 21″ board into the bottle cap catcher).

attach-bottle-openerI purchased the same zinc bottle opener from Amazon (link to purchase below) that I used on my DIY Cooler!

metal-hardwareTo finish it off, I purchased these metal brackets from Home Depot for less than $1 each!

DIY-Bottle-Opener-AssembledAnd attached them to the corners with small screws :)

That was it!  If you would like to print these plans for FREE click HERE or the image below :)


DIY-Bottle-OpenerI attached it to the wall on our back patio!  Make sure to follow instructions and use correct hardware depending on where you hang this at your house!

Cedar-Bottle-OpenerHow fun is this!!!

how-to-make-a-bottle-openerYou can make this in about 10 minutes for about $10!!!  The hubs loves our DIY Bottle Opener :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  To see more of our DIY and budget-friendly projects you can click HERE!



  1. Molly Barkman on April 28, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    My husband and I make these frequently. Every time we make them the measurements are off and I cannot figure it out for the life of me. We always have to cut off about a quarter inch on the sides so that they are the exact height of the front piece, what are we doing wrong?? They are not the same height… every single time we have to cut some off

  2. Louise on June 10, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Great plans…here is my version…

  3. Sue Hill on May 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Any reason this has to be 21″ high? I’ve seen others at 12 – 15″, just checking in case there’s an advantage to a higher one before I make this.

    • Shanty2Chic on May 24, 2015 at 8:28 am

      No. I just like the shape when it’s taller. Thanks!

  4. Michelle Christine on January 25, 2015 at 11:44 am

    What did you use to hang it? Does it stay secure on the wall when you use it to remove the bottle cap?

  5. Brooke Dawson Robinson on December 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I made this for Christmas for my husband. I was short on time (stupid flu ruining all my plans) so I asked the guys at Home Depot to make my cuts for me. I think they messed up my measurements but it still turned out ok I think! I added some burned Buffalo Bills logos. It was my first time using my wood burner. I’m excited to see the hubby’s reaction inn he morning! Thanks for sharing! Love your blog! This is the third or fourth project I’ve worked on from you! 😀

  6. John on September 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Ill be making at least 2 of these this weekend. First problem I forsee, and will remedy. Make the bottom a trap door with a hinge so you can empty the box easier. Having the pick out all the caps will get old fast.

  7. Sydney Isaac on September 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    how did you mount it to the wall?

    • NoNameRequired on May 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Add a sawtooth picture hanger….

  8. Laily M on September 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Hi there! I wanted to use the same strapping that you used on the corners, but I can’t find any that size at a hardware store. Where did you get yours? I’ve tried Lowe’s, Home Depot, and a local, smaller hardware store. Thanks for your help!

    • Brian Kreisler on February 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Home Depot you have to go to where the constructions straps are. Not where the L-Brackets, hinges etc are located. Just ask the salesperson where the Simpson ties are located. They are in that section.

  9. Jennifer Arnold Abington on June 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    The Boy-Child and I made 3 bottle openers for Father’s Day! Very easy.

  10. Mindy Rasmusson on June 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the great gift idea, here is mine made from your plans

    • Shanty2Chic on June 6, 2014 at 6:11 am

      We love it Mindy!!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Bernie Welch III on June 18, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Sweet!!! Where did you get the stickers from? or are those just from the labels from the bottles?

  11. Rachel Thiel on June 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Super cute! You could also make a “door” on the front or side of the box to make emptying the bottlecaps a little easier.

    • bobby on June 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. A hinge!

    • Shanty2Chic on June 6, 2014 at 6:11 am

      Cute idea Rachel :))

  12. Samantha Velez on June 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    These are fantastic in any kitchen, party room or backyard. I’ve always wanted one and now I can make one! I think it would be fun to paint it as well, depending upon which look you are going for.

    • Shanty2Chic on June 6, 2014 at 6:12 am

      Good points Samantha!! Thank you 🙂

  13. WillWork4Wood on June 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Nice work! How did you decide to mount your bottle opener project to your stone wall?

    • Shanty2Chic on June 4, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Thank you! I drilled a pilot hole with a masonry bit, added an anchor and used a masonry screw. I attached a sawtooth hanger to the bottle opener and hung it from the screw 🙂

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