Make Your Own DIY Beer Advent Calendar

This is going to change the way you look at Advent calendars forever
by Jessie Donofrio on Dec 1, 2016 in Beer

Move over, wimpy chocolate Advent calendars — it’s time for a fun new way to count down the days until Christmas.

We at The Drink Nation have heard all the buzz about beer advent calendars and came up with an easy DIY project for all Christmas-loving beer drinkers out there.

Items needed:
24 12 oz bottles of beer
10 x 12 x 16.25 inch wooden box base
Sand paper (optional)
Paint, paint brushes & decorations
2 large sheets of cardboard
Utility knife
Glue
Wrapping paper
 
Step 1: CRAFT STORE!

First, you need to pick out a base for your calendar. We looked at a few great ideas on Pinterest and decided to go with a plain wooden box. Make sure the box is at least about 10 inches high, 16.25 inches long, and 12 inches wide. This will ensure that 24 bottles fit snugly.

Next was the fun part — picking out paints and decorations! Craft stores has a ton of holiday themed items to choose from. We bought red, gold, green and white paints in the spirit of Christmas, but feel free to get creative with it—glow in the dark paint would be pretty great.

You can also buy glitter glue, snowflakes, bows, dinosaur figurines and various other items you can find at the craft store to decorate your box with.

You’ll also want to get a utility knife, a roll of wrapping paper, sand paper, paint brushes and glue while you’re at the store to use for the later steps. You'll also need 2 large sheets of cardboard that are about 36 x 24 inches each. Make sure the cardboard is pliable, because you will be using this for the top of your Advent calendar where you will be drawing the beers from. If you have cardboard boxes laying around the house, you can use those, but make sure you have enough to cover the dimensions needed.

Step 2: This may be the most important step — the beer!

If you want the beers to be a surprise, send your most trustworthy, beer-loving friend to a local bottle shop with some cash, maybe promise them a share of the bounty when the time comes. Instruct them to pick out 24 unique, festive brews... whatever you like. Have them consult your Untapped profile to pick out some brews you may not have had before. If you have a friend or life partner you’re building the Advent calendar with, purchase 12 beers each and make sure not to reveal your beers to each other, which is very important for step three.

Any craft bottle shop will suffice, but for added fun, head to the liquor store and pick out some mini bottles, a bottle of egg nog or other wintertime liqueurs—just make sure they’ll fit in the base you buy. You can measure your bottles first then go to the craft store after if you plan on going the liquor route.

Step 3: Prep

First, wrap your bottles. If you had a friend pick them out for you have them wrap them so the surprise isn’t ruined. If you bought 12 and a friend bought the other 12, split a roll of wrapping paper, hide in separate rooms and wrap. Place all the finished bottles together so you don't know whose are whose. If you are a terrible wrapper and your friend wraps like Martha Stewart, this option may not work out for you.

Next, you will want to use your utility knife to cut 3 cardboard dividers  place inside your box to separate the 4 rows of beers. These don’t need to be perfect since you’ll be closing the box, but they will hold the beers in place.

If you picked out a wooden box that is particularly splintery you can sand it for an more polished look once it’s painted.

Finally, carefully measure and cut a top piece of cardboard for your box.

Step 4: Decorate

It’s time to get creative! Decorate your box however you’d like. As you can see, we went for a traditional Christmas style with snowflakes and candy canes and the like.

You can also paint your cardboard top piece. We used spray paint, but if you don’t have any you can use whatever paints you bought at the craft store.

Step 5: Assemble

Once everything is dry, carefully place your bottles in your box. Place the dividers in.

Step 6: Top it off

When the cardboard top is dry, flip it over to its back side. Measure the length of the area that your bottles fit into the box and divide that by 6. Measure the width that the bottles take up in your box and divide that by 4. Transpose those measurements onto the cardboard, and draw out 24 matching boxes on the cardboard. Make sure to leave equal space in between the boxes and room on all of the sides.

Verify before you begin to cut into the cardboard that your squares are the correct size and large enough for the bottles to fit through. Use your utility knife to carefully cut three sides out of each of the squares creating flaps. Do not cut the top of each square and make sure to leave plenty of room. This step is the trickiest and the extra cardboard may come in handy if you make any mistakes (we did).

Number the flaps on the opposite side of the cardboard in any order you’d like.

Glue the cardboard to the top of your Advent calendar.
 
Tip: If you don’t feel like doing this step, you can draw numbers on your wrapped bottles instead. You can also wrap the top of your calendar in wrapping paper, number that,  then rip through the paper each day for your brew.
 
Step 7: Enjoy 24 magical days of BEER!

Send us your pictures of your beer Advent calendars and use the hashtag #DrinkNationAdventCalendar on social media!

Photos via The Drink Nation


Tags: Beer, Gifts, Holiday, Photos & Videos
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Come to Call for Your Day Drinking Needs

Come to Call for Your Day Drinking Needs

DrinkDenver made a call on Call to try out the bar menu....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Nov 26, 2018
Miller High Life is Now Available in Champagne Bottles

Miller High Life is Now Available in Champagne Bottles

Miller High Life, commonly known as the 'Champagne of Beers,' is now available in actual champagne bottles for a limited run during the holiday season...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 13, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Jack Daniels is Making a Whiskey Advent Calendar For the Holiday Season

Jack Daniels is Making a Whiskey Advent Calendar For the Holiday Season

Jack Daniels has debuted a boozy advent calendar filled with, naturally, whiskey, just in time for the holiday...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 13, 2018
Behind the Bar: Jason Wise, Director of the SOMM Documentary Film Series

Behind the Bar: Jason Wise, Director of the SOMM Documentary Film Series

For this installment of Behind the Bar, we spoke to Jason Wise, documentary filmmaker and director of the new ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 31, 2018
Drink Locally at These Denver Distilleries

Drink Locally at These Denver Distilleries

Here are some Denver area distilleries that have great tasting rooms....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Oct 30, 2018
Beam Suntory Has Launched a Japanese Vodka & Gin

Beam Suntory Has Launched a Japanese Vodka & Gin

Beam Suntory, one of the largest producers of both American and Japanese whiskeys in the world, has introduced two new clear spirits to its lineup: Ha...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 29, 2018
You Can Now Minor in Bourbon at This Kentucky University

You Can Now Minor in Bourbon at This Kentucky University

Thanks to the booming bourbon tourism industry in Kentucky, the state's Midway University now offers a minor in Bourbon Studies as part of their under...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 29, 2018
You Can Make Your Own Whiskey at This Virginia Beach Hotel

You Can Make Your Own Whiskey at This Virginia Beach Hotel

If you've always wanted to make your own whiskey, you're in luck - a hotel in Virginia Beach is letting guests make their own barrels of whiskey....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 15, 2018
Bono Has Purchased a Stake in a New Irish Whiskey Distillery

Bono Has Purchased a Stake in a New Irish Whiskey Distillery

Lots of celebrities have been partnering with distilleries lately, and now, U2's Bono is the latest star to form a partnership with a liquor company....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 15, 2018
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close