Handmade Holiday – Custom Beer Glasses & Carrier

Handmade gifts are one of my most cherished things. When someone spends time creating me the perfect gift, it means more to me than if they were to have bought me the most expensive gift around (except maybe an Audi R8, I'd jump in front of a bus for one of those.) Creating the perfect gift is rewarding both for the giver and the givee. Nothing is more awesome than the look on someones face when you give them the most badass gift around. To give you a helping hand on your quest for the epic gift, today a group of Canadian bloggers are showing you their best handmade holiday gifts for under $25. Check out #CDNHandmadeHoliday on social media to find some great gift ideas. Want to see what we made?

Custom Monogram Pint Glasses & Beer Carrier.

 

Wood Beer Carrier & Monogrammed Pint Glasses

This gift is a remake of an old classic. Starting with our simple beer carrier plans, we made a pine carrier with brass nails, and added a brass bottle opener.

Wood Beer Carrier

The holder will hold six short or tall cans, six bottles, or three bottles or cans and two pint glasses.

beercarrier3WEB

Next we created some custom monogrammed etched glasses. Using our Silhouette SD and a piece of adhesive vinyl, we cut out vinyl stencils.

Cutting Vinyl with Silhouette Stencil made with adhesive vinyl

The stencils were applied to the pint glasses, and firmly burnished in place. Masking tape was applied around the stencil to make sure no errant etching cream got on the glass.

glasses ready for etching

The etching cream was applied with a paint brush while wearing gloves, and left on for ten minutes.

Applying etching cream to glass

Then it was washed away and glasses dried. The simple yet classic monogram is the perfect addition to the classic pint glass.

Custom Monogrammed Beer Glass

The carrier & the glasses were all made for under $25! Just fill with your friends fave beer, and show up to your Holiday party like a boss.

SOURCE LIST:

Beer Carrier:

Materials:
Pine (1×6 x 2′) $3
Poplar (1/4″) $2
Dowel (3/4″) $2
Brass Finishing Nails $1
Bottle Opener - Target $5

Cut List:
2 – 9″x5 3/4″  – 1″ thick Pine
2 – 2″x 9 1/2″ – 1/4″ thick poplar (sides)
2 – 2 5/8″ x 9 1/2″ – 1/4″ thick poplar (bottom)
1 – 9 1/2″ dowel (handle)

Tools Used:
Miter saw - Milwaukee 12"
Combination Square
Drill - Milwaukee M18
3/4″ Spade Drill Bit
Orbital sander - Milwaukee
Measuring Tape

 

Etched Custom Beer Glasses:

Materials:
2 - Pint Glasses - The Bay $4
Etching Cream - Lee Valley -3oz $8

Tools Used:
Vinyl stencil - Silhouette SD
Paint brush
Gloves

 

Difficulty Level (on a scale of 1-5):

two out of five

 

Total Cost: $25

Wood Beer Carrier

What do you think? Would you like to find this gift under your tree?

 

Check out the #CDNHandmadeHoliday projects from other awesome Canadian bloggers:

Mason Jar Leather Lantern - NorthStory

Fabric Handmade Gifts - Rambling Renovators

Needle Felted Wool Socks - Fynes Designs

DIY Winterberry Branches - Vin’yet Etc

Homemade Sweater Mittens - Life is a Party

Pottery Barn Inspired Advent Calendar - New House New Home

Mr. & Mrs. Rudolph Towels - SewCreative

Mini Yarn Wreath Christmas Tree Ornaments - A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Santa’s Sleigh Gingerbread Cookie Garland - Kitchen Counter Chronicles

DIY Anchor Fridge Magnets - Swell Conditions

Cranberry Pear Relish - Time with Thea

Burlap Photo Frame Display - Joy in Our Home

DIY Felted Bowls - Bear & Lion

DIY Beaded Star Ornament - lifeovereasy

Handmade Clipboard Photo Book - Personally Andrea

Handmade Holiday Decor - Brooklyn Berry Designs

13 Responses

  1. Very clever Kristen! I've always wanted to try etching cream. And I think you must know what you're doing around beer, because I notice someone in the pic is wearing their very own bottle opener ring ;)
  2. We made my brother in law a growler crate last year for his birthday. This would be the perfect follow up gift! I love it. So creative.
  3. This is so cleaver.
  4. Jen
    Perfect for so many, many people on my holiday list. Awesome.
  5. Brilliant!!
  6. Woah, very cool!! The carrier turned out great, love the added bottle opener on it and the glasses look so classy - just perfect! What a lovely gift you've made, what a lucky person that gets to receive that!!
  7. I love this! I can think of at least four guys who would be so stoked to find this under the tree!
  8. I agree with Virginia. This idea is genius! It is also so cute, practical and one-of-a-kind! Well done!
  9. What a fantastic idea Kristen! I love the built in bottle opener - awesome touch! Now I just need to get brave with my saw LOL!
  10. GENUIS! I think I know what the dudes in my family are getting for Christmas!
  11. What a great gift, love it. I've thought about etching before and had trouble finding the cream at a resonable cost, good know Lee Valley has it -thanks for the tip. ;)
    • Hi Dannyelle, You can also get the creme at Michaels. It is in a larger bottle by Martha Stewart. However, its quite expensive (around $60 I believe) so its a good candidate for a Michaels 50% off coupon.
  12. Amazing! I know so many that would just love this wonderful handmade gift under their tree!

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