DIY: Bottle Opener and Lid Catcher

July 16, 2014


Last time I was in Juneau, I picked up a really cool bottle opener for Matt that was a moose head, where the moose’s mouth opened the bottled drink. It was so awesome, we really struggled to figure out where to put it because we wanted it to be accessible everywhere.

After searching pinterest for inspiration, I found these plans by Shanty 2 Chic that I modified.

These were the materials I used:


  • a 1″ x 6″ with 5 cuts. 4 pieces that are 4″ long, 1 piece that is 21″ long, and one piece that is 6.25″ long.
  • Wall Mounted bottle opener
  • a way to measure and make straight lines
  • a way to cut along straight lines (I used our table saw)
  • wood glue
  • wood stain in the color of your choice
  • hammer & nails or something similar. I used our Ryobi One+ Air Strike

To make my cuts, I used my orange speed square  to get straight lines and perfect measurements. Then I cut with my Ryobi table saw.

Once all my pieces were cut, I used wood glue to assemble my wood together and hold it in place before nailing.

You start with the three 4″ pieces and assemble them together like a little box.

Afterwards, you place the 6.25″ piece on the front. This will be your little box to catch bottle lids!

Then, use the wood glue to stick your little box to the bottom of your 21″ board.

After that, I used my Ryobi One+ AirStrike Nailer to connect all the pieces that we had just assembled together.

Once the wood glue dried, It was time to stain. Since we plan on using ours outdoors a lot, I wanted it to be able to stand up against all of the elements Anchorage tends to throw at us. I used a standard outdoor clear coat stain, since I love the look of the wood.


Once that was dry, it was time to attach the bottle opener itself! I picked up this cute moose head at a shop in Juneau, and am completely obsessed with it! You can use any basic wall mounted bottle opener if you choose.


I also chose to drill a hole in the base to allow liquid to drain out of the bottle catching bin. This way, if any beer is spilt it can drain away, or if it gets left out in the rain/snow it won’t fill up.


Ta-da! I’m so excited to use this next time we have people over for dinner and/or hanging out. It lets us clean up the bottle lid mess before it becomes an issue and our moose head bottle opener is such a cute talking point!


Now go crack open a cold one and let me know what you think!



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1 Comment

  • Reply LuAnn Dummer July 18, 2014 at 05:12

    Emily, I’m a moose fan too! Where can I get a moose opener?

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