Steph and I are in the middle of migrating / redesigning Beckham + Belle. While we love the new look, it hasn’t come without hiccups and we’re thankful that you all have been so understanding as we work through the glitches. It’s been a pretty big project and we haven’t had as much time to pursue our more hands-on creative endeavors.
As we’ve reviewed and cleaned up our posts of the past, I stumbled across this post I did last Christmas. It’s a super simple DIY beer caddy (or flower caddy) with a customizable chalkboard front. I realized it’s actually the perfect Father’s Day gift, so I’m repurposing (and reposting) the tutorial here.
Times like these, I really wish Steph lived closer, she has the BEST chalkboarding skills. My chalkboard writing is terrible….just ordered some of these templates for future chalkboard projects. Will report back on how well they work!
1 3/4 dowel rod (approximately 1 ft long)
1 3 ft long 1×8 (note: a 1×6 would actually work here, if it was a true to size 1×6 … 1x6s are actually really 1×5.5 and 1x8s are more like 1×7.25s. So a 1×6 that you buy at the hardware store would be too small for this project. A hardware store 1×8 works, but it is a bit roomy for the standard beer bottle. You can trim it down to 6/6 1/2 inches wide if you like, but it works just fine without that step, IMHO)
2 small pieces of plywood or craft wood, each 4″x10″
1 4″x8″ piece of thin plywood (for the divider)
First, cut your 1×8 into the following lengths.
2 12″ pieces
1 8″ piece
Next angle cut the ends of your caddy (the 12″ pieces). The easiest way to achieve this is to measure down on each board about 6 inches. Then, measure over 2 1/2 inches from the top corners. Draw lines connecting the two marks. Cut with either a miter, jig or circular saw (I used a miter).
Next, you’ll want to cut a divot for the divider on the base piece (the 8″ piece). I did this by drawing a line through the middle of the board and then running it through the table saw twice to get the desired divot width.
Fit a small piece of plywood into the slot.
Next, assemble the sides to the base piece. Before attaching, you’ll want to drill 3/4″ holes into the top of each side (easiest to line your pieces up and drill through both of them at the same time to ensure the they align).
I used wood glue, and then followed up with nails once the glue had set.
Meanwhile, paint your 10″ plywood or craft wood with chalkboard paint. Use two coats.
Chalk up the boards so that future chalk use won’t permanently mark it up.
Finally, assemble the chalkboard pieces to the unit. I used a nail gun for this part, but you could certainly use a good old fashioned hammer as well!
Stock that baby with beer and gift away!