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Beer Crafts by Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman

Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing

A synthesis of two outstanding hobbies — making things and drinking — Beer Crafts is the answer to the age-old question of what to do with those 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

While author and crafter extraordinaire Shawn Bowman would like to think she came up with the idea on her own, inspiration really came from her eight-year-old daughter, who spent a summer obsessed with making jewelry out of her parents' discarded bottle caps. Finding the note on her desk, “My crafting involves you to open a beer,” the author had what can only be called an epiphany: “ALL crafting should involve me opening a beer.” She raised her daughter’s allowance, and set down to writing this book. But first, she opened a beer.

Beer Crafts shows you how to repurpose not just the caps but also labels, bottles, and even cans into useful, hip, and quirky items — from attention-getting (if not downright sexy) garter belts to the classic crochet beer can hat, to beer bottle tags, to refrigerator magnets, and more. The projects are super fun, easy to make (even for a first-time crafter), and most of the supplies are things you probably already have on hand or chilling in the fridge.

Beer Crafts has jewelry and accessories for guys and gals. From cowboy hats made from beer case boxes and masculine bottle label belt buckles and wallets to flowery bottle top flip-flops and cute-as-a-button beer cap headbands, there’s a little something for everyone — even beer can jackets for the family dog! Beer bottles themselves get dressed up with insulating crochet cozies and fancy charm necklaces, ending all arguments over whose drink is whose, when they’re all clearly marked “mine”! There are even funky home decor projects, including candle holders, patio lanterns, bird feeders, and a memo board. And with plenty of beer quotes and trivia, Beer Crafts is recommended bar reading for those who don't craft.

Tie one on — then braid it, glue it, and embellish it — with Beer Crafts.

© 2018 Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman / Andrews McMeel Publishing · Reproduced with permission.


  • Step 1

    Lay out your caps along the perimeter of the board to see how many you’ll need and to determine any pattern you might want to make. Choose ten more caps to ornament the magnets and thumbtacks.

  • Step 2

    Fill all the caps with hot glue and let cool.

  • Step 3

    Glue the board caps to the frame of the board.

  • Step 4

    Glue the magnets and the heads of the thumbtacks to the back of the remaining caps, reserving the one strong magnet for your beer can.

  • Step 5

    Using the can opener on the inside of the lid, cut the top off the beer can and save the pull tab for another project.

  • Step 6

    Line the inside cut of can with tape to keep your pencils from getting scratched.

  • Step 7

    Put the small, strong magnet inside the can and attach the can to the board.

  • Step 8

    Hang the board on the wall and admire your work. Open a beer to celebrate.

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