We all have that special someone that just loves counting down the days until Christmas, right? Well, my big guy (husband) isn’t much into chocolate. But he loves his beer! He does so many special things for me through out the year and the season, that I decided he needed some extra cheer in celebrating the season. He puts up the tree and all the lights, he gets a beer advent calendar. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Here is how I did it, and how you can do it to get ready by December 13th, so your favorite someone can start celebrating ’12 Beers of Christmas’.
Gather these materials:
- 12 Beers
- Recycled wine box (with partitions still in box)
- Wrapping paper
- Box knife
- Packing tape
- Card stock paper
- Sharpie or number stickers
First, start collecting different types of bottles of beer. Think local, think seasonal and think international! This is the basic expense of the project. It’s fun to mix up the 12 beer selection with cans, 12 oz bottles and some 22 oz bottles. Look for the stores that sell single bottles. And careful about taking one from a six pack. I was informed at one store that the price would be hefty to break up a six pack. So be thrifty. Hit your local specialty grocery stores or bottle shops/tap houses for great selections. And it’s OK if you sneak one that just happens to be your preference. I won’t tell! (Just like you won’t tell that I slipped in a ‘Not Your Father’s Rootbeer‘ – have you tried this with ice cream for a float – oh my!).
Next, you need a sturdy box already partitioned into 12 slots. I asked while at Trader Joe’s if their boxes of two buck Chuck (well, now $3.99) were available and they asked me how many I wanted and were happy to send me on my way with a few; free of charge.
I found my paper at Hobby Lobby. Any holiday paper will do, but I liked the simplicity of this butcher paper look. It seemed a little more masculine! But I couldn’t resist a simple gold sparkly tulle to wrap around the box!
After you get the box home, you will need to use a box knife and trim up the box to accommodate your biggest bottle. Next, you will need to reinforce the individual slots to the cardboard sides. Look at the provided space divider and pull it forward so it is more centered as it’s laying down, but more importantly so it lines up so when you cover each beer slot, you have room to tape the square over and have it extend past the bottle.
Use packing tape to go through all 12 slots and tape corners and edges to allow for the weight of the beer while the box lays on it’s side. Remember, this box is used to hold upright bottles!
Now you can measure the square covering for the 12 days. Measure twice, cut once (my dad would be proud of this one).
Carefully attach each square with tape so it is all lined up (I get a little OCD on this. Sometimes I have to let it go). I did this by laying a large piece of packing tape across the back, folding it and then placing it centered in the square.
Now you are ready to fill it with your beer! How fun.