“Ingredients” for the Perfect Bottle Opener

“Ingredients” for the Perfect Bottle Opener

One of the reasons we purchased our house was the screened in back porch, which is as big as a bedroom. The yard is lined with cypress trees, so there’s tons of privacy and it’s easy to forget that we live in a regular ole’ neighborhood. We’ve lived here for three years now, and I finally got around to DIYing something I’ve wanted for a long time on the porch- a bottle opener!

But here’s the crazy part- it all started with a wooden recipe box from a thrift store…

Wooden recipe box from thrift store to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My project’s main “ingredient”…

I know- you’re probably wondering “what in the world??”…but yes, it was a recipe box that started it all! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

To bring my idea to life, I also needed a plank of wood (which we had in our garage) and the actual bottle opener hardware. For the latter, I went on Etsy and purchased a NOS (new old stock) bottle opener from the 1950s; I wanted a true vintage element in the project, and this was the perfect touch. BUT, the design hasn’t exactly changed much over the years and there are lots of options online if you’d rather buy new.

DIY Bottle opener with repurposed vintage wooden recipe box from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to be repurposed!

Back to the recipe box, though! The first step to this clever little project was to cut out the bottom of the recipe box in order to turn it into a cap catcher.

DIY Bottle opener with repurposed vintage wooden recipe box from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now you see it, now you don’t.

After that was done, we needed to cut the scrap wood into a long plank- long enough to hold our recipe box “cap catcher” at the bottom, the bottle opener at the top, with enough room to hold a bottle between the two.

DIY Bottle opener with repurposed vintage wooden recipe box from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Shaping up nicely…

I had decided to paint both the recipe box and the wood board white with my favorite chalk-paint spray paint, and then it was time to test out my recipe box cap catcher theory. First, we drilled in a small screw to the front of the box.

Repurposing a vintage wooden recipe box from the thrift store into a bottle opener cap catcher by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Transformation ongoing…

Then, we drilled a hole through the hinged top of the recipe box…which I threaded a knotted loop of jute twine through. So, when the recipe box is flipped over…it will catch and collect the caps…and can then “un-latch” the hinged top to easily discard the caps!

Repurposing a vintage wooden recipe box from the thrift store into a bottle opener cap catcher by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See where I’m going with this?

No picking out the caps by hand to put in the waste bin! Just a “trap door” that can dump them in one fell swoop! Now you see why the recipe box was the perfect catalyst for this project..

Ok- so we were in the home stretch!! Using wood glue as our adhesive, we clamped the cap catcher to the bottom of the wood plank and let it sit overnight to dry.

Repurposing a vintage wooden recipe box from the thrift store into a bottle opener cap catcher by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Two parts becoming one…

Once my bottle opener was finally one piece, I lightly distressed the chalk paint and buffed it with clear wax.

How to create a DIY bottle opener with a thrift store wooden recipe box repurposed as a cap catcher by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready for the final touches!

And one final step before hanging it- we attached the bottle opener hardware to the top of the plank! Check out those flat head screws- a true sign of real vintage.

Vintage Ju-C 1950s bottle opener / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ju-c was a soda from Barbados…

Last but not least- we screwed the whole thing into one of the support beams on our porch.

How to create a DIY bottle opener with a thrift store wooden recipe box repurposed as a cap catcher by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And just like that…

Of course, Jon had to test it out immediately- so he grabbed a beer…

How to create a DIY bottle opener with a thrift store wooden recipe box repurposed as a cap catcher by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…our porch just became a lot cooler!

And it worked like an absolute charm! Off went the cap, and when I heard it plop into the recipe box, I was overjoyed. It’s the little things, y’all

How to create a DIY bottle opener with a thrift store wooden recipe box repurposed as a cap catcher by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And wonderfully easy disposal, to boot.

I’m sure the recipe box’s original owner would be flabbergasted that I repurposed it into a bottle opener cap catcher! Thrifters keepers, donators weepers? Either way, who’s coming over for a beer on the porch??

Looking for more Father’s Day DIY gift ideas?  Check out my other ideas HERE!

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. Adorable!

  2. That is as clever as can be! How do you come up with ideas???

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much!! I wish I could explain it…I always just assumed I was a little cuckoo for seeing things differently. I’m just so happy y’all seem to like it! 😀

  3. How do you come up with these things?! Grrrrrreat idea 😀 Pin, pin, pinning!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hahaha, thank you so much! I’ve always attributed my ideas to being a little weird! But hopefully weird in a good way. 😉

  4. You’re the smartest! My “duh”, is where I never would’ve thought to allow the bottom to open for emptying out the caps. DUH.

  5. Clever, you have such a creative touch!

  6. chris aka monkey says:

    sarah i am glad you are weird lol, this is so cool and i can’t see you throwing away the caps, you will turn them into a trivet or something ha ha xx

  7. What a great idea! I hate finding bottle caps around.

  8. So cute! You’re so talented.
    Brenda

  9. I love it. I think I’ll make one!

  10. I need one of these for our porch. What a neat idea!

  11. Great idea! I could use one of these outside for when we have cookouts. Maybe I wouldn’t have to pick bottle caps up off the patio, they can open the bottles and let it drop right into the little box.

  12. Love this idea. I have a vintage Coke opener that would work perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing this idea at Vintage Charm.

  13. great idea! my favorite part is the box for the caps. usually you just see an opener.
    b

  14. We also have a screen porch and I wanted a bottle opener. I bought a little shelf with an attached box. I hung cup hooks underneath and put a bottle opener on a cord so it will hang down. No one ever sees it. After your post I realized I just need to attach a bottle opener to the board. Dud! Thanks for the idea!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      You are so welcome, Michele! I have a feeling there will be a run on thrift store recipe boxes now. 😉

  15. I LOVE this!! It’s super cute, and what a neat idea! I have a screened in porch….now I just need a recipe box! Thanks so much for sharing, I found this on Sweet Inspirations. 🙂

  16. Awesome project! Love it and pinning too!

  17. Hubby needs one of these in his man cave, thanks for sharing it with us at the link party Sadie! Have a great week!

  18. Oh my gosh, I have to make this for my Dad!! He keeps losing his bottle openers, lol! Plus, it’s just awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

  19. Such a cute idea. I know a lot of beer, soda water & pop drinkers who would love this DIY. Thanks for sharing at the #InspiraitonSpotlight party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.

  20. Sarah, what a clever idea ~ something you might not know you needed until I saw yours. Now where do I put one? Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Designs.

  21. This is so awesome! I had a great bottle opener on the deck of my old house. I left it behind when I moved and I miss it! The cap catcher idea is just the best! Thank you for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. Have a great week!

  22. You are seriously one of the coolest people on the planet! Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story.

  23. A screened in back porch is definitely on my wish list. You new bottle opener is just a fun piece to have on the porch. I have one I got at a thrift store but have never put it up, the porch is the perfect place for it. Love this. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I can’t wait for autumn…it’s too hot to stay out on the porch right now, but come autumn?? It’ll be hard for me to ever be inside. 🙂 Thank you so much!

  24. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    This is very clever of you Sarah! And this way you can keep all eh bottle tops together and not end up with a mess in the yard. A great repurpose indeed.

  25. This looks good and I bet its super useful! Great job!

    I have chosen to feature this post on the next Peace, Love, Linkup! Come and grab a button and I’ll see you next week! : )

  26. Turning the box upside down and using the lid to empty it is just genius!! Love your bottle opener, my husband would love one too!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party, enjoy the rest of the week!

  27. I love how it catches the tops! Great idea for a party! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party

  28. This is so adorb – and functional! Love the idea. I’ve pinned it for future project.

  29. Jessica Gregg says:

    Yes, yes, yes OMG yes! You know how there’s always that ONE person that has everything already or the capacity to buy whatever the heck they want or just really hard to buy for? Yeah, THOSE people just got Christmas this year!! Brilliant use of a cast away item…good god, going to get everything NOW! I think I’ll make them assembly line style and 20 of them. Genius, I can’t thank you enough for the idea, inspiration and excellent tutorial and pics. I especially love the picture of your husband demonstrating the ease of use and functionality of this brilliant bottle / cap catcher. Oh boy… I’m getting those creative juices flowing now! Seriously, I’m stoked! Bonus, no more stepping on those darn, sharp bottle caps around the pool area…

  30. JaneEllen says:

    Talk about very popular post, wow, took awhile to get to comment box. And you deserve a big gold star and at least couple beers. How smart of you to visualize what you did, gotta love bloggers talents and ingenuity.
    Enjoy rest of week

  31. Could you tell me the measurements of the recipe box sides and top, please?

  32. Love this idea, having the bottom open like this will make cleaning the box easy to.
    only thing i would have don’e different was paint it red or some bright color so my guest will see it better and more likely to use it…lol

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