I've been obsessed with plexiglass ever since I tackled this terrarium side table DIY. I think it's a super fun material to work with and I like how it can make final projects feel really "polished" if that makes any sense.
If it doesn't, then just ignore me. 🙂
I made a couple of plexiglass bottle openers that I wanted to share with you all. One is for me (and Trey) and has already been put to good use in our kitchen. The other I made as a handmade gift for a friend. Tis the season and all. 🙂 If you plan to make one of these, either for yourself or as a gift, you'll be happy to know it's SUPER quick and easy. You can also customize this SO many different ways.
As you can see, I installed ours right next to the trash can, which makes it easy to toss your bottle cap away after using the opener. I like the little pop of pattern it adds to our kitchen corner there too.
These are seriously so easy to make! The hardest part is simply getting your supplies together.
-two 8×10 in. sheets of plexiglass
-two bottle opener hardware sets (bought mine on Amazon, often sold at hardware stores too)
-electric drill and drill bit
-craft paint and brush
-electrical tape (pictured is painter's tape—because I'm a genius)
-two transparency sheets (optional)
Plexiglass is sold in a number of different size options, 8×10 in. being one that is pretty standard. That being said, you could easily make this project with a smaller or different size piece of plexiglass. You just want it to at least be a similar size to a bottle so it makes sense visually while in use (just my two cents—feel free to be creative though and change it up if you like).
Also, you'll note that my supply list is for making TWO bottle openers. If you want to just make one, then adjust the supplies.
Step One: Find the center of your plexiglass sheet and place your bottle opener there. Mark where the holes (for the screws) fall. Use a drill and drill bit to create holes where you will need for later. I like to do this before adding my design so I know where the hardware is going to be.
Plexiglass comes with a thin layer of plastic wrap on the front and back. Leave this on as you work until you absolutely need to peel it off. This helps to protect the plexi from scuffs or scratches.
Step Two: Add your design in paint to the back of the plexiglass. This means that once your bottle opener is displayed, the design will actually be behind the plexiglass so bottles won't scuff the paint as you use it. I used electrical tape to help create the stripes design while the other one I simply free-handed. If you choose to add lettering, remember how it will be displayed so that you don't paint your letters on backward.
Step Three: Once the paint has dried, you're ready to assemble and use your new bottle opener. It's that easy! If you want to add a sheet of transparency between the paint and your wall (or for me, my kitchen counter), you can, just for added protection against any paint rubbing off over time. Up to you.
If you choose to make this as a gift, you won't need to screw the hardware onto the plexiglass before gifting. This is done once you (or whoever you give this to) decides where to display it.
Before you attach your bottle opener to a wall or cabinet, check to make sure that the screws you will be using will not be too long or poke into anything you don't want them too. My cabinets are quite thick, so this spot worked well for me. But it's good to just keep this in mind before you start drilling holes just any old place. 🙂 Cheers! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.