10 DIY Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Love Beer – #10 Will Drive Him Crazy
From poker chips to fishing lures, turn Dad's beer bottle caps into DIY gifts
Looking for clever ideas for DIY Father’s Day gifts? We drink a lot of beer around here and we end up with a lot (A LOT) of beer caps. So, we thought it most fitting to figure out how to upcycle these little bottle caps into homemade gifts for dad. If you can’t find enough beer caps (or if the ones you have are all bent out of shape), you can buy them on the cheap at Etsy. And if want to add a little something extra to Dad’s surprise, order him a Father’s Day Craft Beer Box.
Father’s Day DIY #1: Turn Beer Caps into Fridge Magnets
Out of Eugene, Oregon, comes a great Father’s Day gift idea from DIYer David “Doctor Rose” for turning beer caps into fridge magnets. Given that some of the beer caps from craft breweries are downright mini pieces of art, why not save Dad’s favorites and make fridge magnets out of them?
Brittany Bailey’s Pretty Handy Girl blog has a fun tutorial for making more elaborate refrigerator magnets out of bottle caps and decorating them with photos of the kids or grandkids that any Dad with adore. It only takes 15 minutes, but this one does require a little crafting.
Father’s Day DIY #2: Make Dad a Bar Counter or Tabletop Out of Beer Caps
Spruce up any old dining table, coffee table or bar counter by adding a layer of beer caps that are finished with a layer of clear resin. The finished product is one-of-a-kind and will, no doubt, capture the conversation when you have people over and impress dad at the same time. Don’t want to make it yourself? Head over to Etsy and choose from a wide variety of tables topped with beer bottle caps.
Melissa Stover who writes the LA blog Girls Who Like Beer, made this artistic table by gluing beer caps on an old coffee table and varnishing it with a resin poured over the bottle caps. The resin is Envirotex Lite, available at craft stores, but you’ll need lots of it to do a large table (think 1/2 to 1 gallon). A little time consuming as far as DIY’s go, but hey, Dad is totally worth it!
American Gypsy has created a nice little DIY step-by-step tutorial on Instructables showing how to make the beer cap resin table below.
Father’s Day DIY #3: Make Fishing Lures Using Bottle Caps
Does Dad love to fish AND drink beer? This is the perfect, easy-to-make gift!!! First take a look at the artistic redneck fishing lures from J Tuck Designs. Then scroll down for a video tutorial on how to make similar lures out of bottle caps (or just buy a set for $10 from J Tuck Designs).
If you’re up for crafting these bottle cap fishing lures, this video tutorial was made by Brandon Beiswenger, a guy from Minnesota who loves to fish and make fishing lures.
Father’s Day DIY #4: Light Up Dad’s Life with Bottle Cap Candles
If you need fast and easy, this is the Father’s Day DIY for you. Just three steps and three ingredients and bam, you’re done. Draft Mag ran a simple tutorial a few years ago that’s easy enough for kids to help out. This tutorial uses soy wax, so you could add colors to the wax to liven up the candles.
Craftaholics Anonymous has a similar tutorial, but using melted crayons. I love how the black wax looks in the red bottle cap.
And finally, a great little packaging idea for this craft from Mama Scout. Pack a single candle in a matchbox. Write a special message on a homemade “scroll” of paper and tie it nicely to a couple of match sticks.
Father’s Day DIY #5: Turn His Bottle Caps into a Boot Scraper
We don’t want to point fingers at Dad, but do his shoes and boots track dirt all over house? Problem solved! We found this bottle cap boot scraper idea via Raising Jane. Dad will like the idea that it’s made from beer caps and (bonus!) you won’t have as much dirt to sweep and mop (at least in theory). There’s no tutorial on this, but it’s so easy you won’t need one. Just varnish a nice heavy board (get one with decorative edges from Michael’s or another crafting store) and let the kids nail on used beer caps using a hammer and nails. That’s about it!
Father’s Day DIY #6: Make a Rear View Mirror for Biking from Bottle Caps
Dads who love biking and beer will appreciate a hand-crafted rear view mirror for their biking adventures. The biking mirror is made from a bottle cap, a used spoke (but you could just buy super heavy gauge wire) and a round mirror (which I suggest buying rather than cutting yourself). Beyond that, it’s a matter of trial and error for shaping the wire to sit properly and safely on the glasses. Man Made DIY details the process in a couple of sentences – not really enough to call it a tutorial, but enough to get started if you’re crafty.
If you’d rather buy the finished beer bottle mirror, the ones made by ReBcycle are the best we’ve found (you have to supply your own glasses!!).
Father’s Day DIY #7: Make a Mirror Frame Out of Upcycled Bottle Caps
Does Dad like to groom in style (or if he doesn’t, maybe he should)? Switch out his bath or bedroom mirror with one you’ve framed using beer bottle caps. The mirror in photo was crafted by Upcycled Education and is oval, but you can do any shape or size you want. No tutorial needed. Just get a hot glue gun or gorilla glue and adhere the bottle caps to the mirror frame. You can get all kinds of creative with this project to make it suit the Dad in your life.
Father’s Day DIY #8: Turn Bottle Caps into Poker Chips
Matt LeBeau, owner and lead drinker at The Art of Drinking Beer, created these stunningly unique poker chips using beer bottle caps that would have ended up in the landfill. How? He doesn’t say exactly, except that two beer caps are glued together. Our suggestion is to put the caps on a board and cover them with a protective cloth, then hammer them flat using a mallet. Next, glue them together. If you don’t feel like doing all that work, Matt sells these on Etsy. If your favorite Dad is a fan of poker, this easy DIY is sure to be a hit for years to come. Don’t forget to buy the plastic chip tray for display.
Father’s Day DIY #9: Make Dad a Wind Chime Out of Beer Caps
Halle of Halle’s Hobbies crafted a gorgeous wind chime using bottle caps, beads and jump rings. If you have some beading skills, it’ll be easy for you to whip up this fun wind chime for the Dad in your life. There’s no tutorial for this, but if you can punch holes in the bottles caps (place them on a board and use a hammer and nail) and manage the jump rings, it shouldn’t pose too much a challenge. The amount of time involved, on the other hand, is pretty significant.
Prefer to buy a ready-made bottle cap wind chime from a crafter? Head over to Etsy and check out the assortment made by Krafty Katreena.
Father’s Day DIY #10: Cover Dad’s Car with Beer Caps
This is the Father’s Day DIY that might make Dad run far, far away from you! Don’t say you got this idea from us and be forewarned that doing this might jeopardize your relationship! But it looks so cool!
Score Bonus Points with a Father’s Day Craft Beer Gift Box Delivered to Dad
Let the kids do the crafting and you can order Dad a very grown-up Father’s Day Craft Beer Gift Box. The beer experts over at LetsPour have curated two Father’s Day Craft Beer Gift Boxes (an Explorer variety box and an IPA box) especially for the dads in your life! Shipping is free and if you use coupon code THEBUZZ10 you’ll get $10 off.