DIY Craft Beer Advent Calendar
This DIY Beer Advent calendar is such a quick and fun project to make! The DIY Beer calendar was born from a failed trip to Aldi! Our mom went to Aldi to purchase their German Beer Christmas Advent Calendar. Aldi carries a ton of calendars, from chocolate advent calendars to coffee advent calendars to craft advent calendars! Our mom only had her eye on the Christmas Craft Beer Advent Calendars! She got there early, stood in line and made her way to the calendar-ticket girl, just to find out they were already sold out! She was so disappointed. We knew we could probably make it as a gift for her and we did!
This is a project Amanda and I worked on together and it was so fun to create our own calendar and even more fun to go out and shop to hand select each beer we put into the calendar! It was difficult to find 24 different holiday season beers, so we did throw in a couple fall-themed beers and then a few of her favorites. Our mom was so surprised and excited when we gave it to her. The good news? It’s re-usable, so you can re-fill it year over year! The bad news? It’s re-usable so you will be expected to re-fill it year over year LOL!
TIP: You can also use this for a DIY Wine Advent Calendar or DIY Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar, just ensure when you cut the tubes you leave enough room for either a wine bottle or a seltzer can!
TIP: You can also use this for a DIY Wine Advent Calendar or DIY Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar
Step 1: Cut the tubes to your desired length
Using our miter saw, we cut the tubes! We started with scissors and razor blade and that was doable but was hard on the hand and was slow! We cut ours to 12 inches and probably could have cut it closer to 10 inches, however we wanted to make sure any bottles and tall boys fit with plenty of room! Also, by cutting them to 12 inches, it was the exact size of the Holiday paper we purchased from Michael’s. This saved us from having to cut all 24 pieces of our “wrapping”. Also, for a fun surprise we decided to place a bottle of egg nog for the 24th day, this was not planned and would not have fit if the tubes were not 12” so we were happy with our choice!
Step 2: Cover the tubes with the Christmas paper
Using the glue stick, glue the Christmas paper to the tubes. We found that the paper would pop off a bit, so we wrapped rubber bands around the tubes to hold the paper until it dried. This did the trick, and we had no issues once the glue dried with the paper, however wrapping paper may stay better. We didn’t want to purchase multiple rolls of wrapping paper and liked the variety we got using the Christmas paper. This was a more budget friendly option, but you definitely could use wrapping paper if you wanted to/have a lot on hand!
The good news? It’s re-usable, so you can re-fill it year over year!
Step 3: Cut circles out of the Holiday paper and cover the tube caps as a background
We cut a couple circles and made sure they fit and then used them as a guide to trace circles on a variety of the holiday paper styles. We then used the glue stick to glue the circles onto the tube caps. This will serve as a “background”.
Step 4: Cut out and glue the numbers onto the tube caps
We were so excited to find Holiday paper with numbers on it! Cutting out the numbers, we glued them on top of the circles we had put on the tube cubes. We tried to color coordinate a bit and matched the numbers to the tube caps with a corresponding color background. We loved the way the caps turned out with each of the days having a different holiday-themed number!
The bad news? It’s re-usable so you will be expected to re-fill it year over year!
Step 5: Glue together the tubes into the shape of a tree
For this step we used our glue gun to attach the tube together. We built our tree first, starting with gluing 6 tubes together, and then 5 tubes together and attaching the row of 5 to the row of 6 centering accordingly. We continued this process for the next rows 4, 3, 2, and all the way to the top single tube. Then we used 3 tubes to create the tree stump. Before attaching the tree stump we wrapped the “tree” part in a ribbon, sandwiching the ribbon between the row of 6 and stump row of 3. This was mostly decorative but also created a bit more support for holding all the tubes together! You now have your tree!
Step 6: Decorate
We added battery powered string lights and tied the bow at the top of the tree. But for this step the options are endless! You could add small ornaments in some of the spaces or even some bottlebrush trees!
Step 7: Fill the tubes with beer
Normally decorating is our favorite part, but for this one it was filling her up with the fun beers we had spent the past month collecting!
Step 8: Put the tube caps onto the shipping tubes
Try and keep the numbers random so they are not sequential. (You can make them sequential if you want, but we think part of the fun of a craft beer advent calendar is searching for the next day!). The great part about the caps coming off, is we get to fix up the order of the numbers next year and keep our momma guessing!
DIY Craft Beer Advent Calendar
- Miter Saw
- Hot Glue Gun
- Christmas Paper Pads
- Shipping Tubes with Caps
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Glue Sticks
- Rubber Bands
- Battery String Lights
- 24 Craft Beers
- Cut the tubes to your desired length.
- Cover the tubes with the Christmas paper.
- Cut circles out of the Holiday paper and cover the tube caps as a background.
- Cut out and glue the numbers onto the tube caps.
- Glue together the tubes into the shape of a tree.
- Fill the tubes with beer.
- Put the tube caps onto the shipping tubes.