Father’s Day is just around the corner and since we’re all stocked up on ties and socks over here, I thought it would be fun to make something a little different to celebrate the big day. This Father’s Day DIY bottle opener gift starts off as just a plain wood plaque but after a few steps, ends up looking wonderfully distressed and vintage!
- Darice 9 x 7″ Wood Plaque
- Black and White Paint
- Brown Paint or Stain
- Darice Paint Brush
- David Tutera White Chalk Pen
- Sandpaper/Hammer/Various Tools (For distressing)
- Bottle Opener Attachment
- “Father’s Day Bottle Opener” Free Printable
Step 1. Trim the “Father’s Day Bottle Opener” Free Printable to fit on the plaque and secure with a bit of tape. Use a pen to press the outline of the words into the wood. I didn’t have to press to hard to get a visible pattern to trace but definitely take a break if you find your fingers are tired!
Step 2. Follow the faint outline to paint the words on to the plaque. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it’ll just add to the “vintage” look!
Step 3. Once the black paint has dried completely, use the white paint pen to add the smaller words. Don’t forget to customize the year accordingly!
Step 4. Now the fun part! Begin distressing the plaque with sandpaper, hammer, and any other tools. I even used a screwdriver to add some nice big strikes! You can either leave the plaque it’s natural color or add a stain to darken. I just watered down some brown acrylic paint and applied with a paper towel but you can use a standard stain as well.
Step 6. Depending on how you plan on hanging the Father’s Day DIY bottle opener, you may want to drill a couple small holes in the back to hang from or attach some sawtooth hangers.
I love that this Father’s Day DIY bottle opener can be customized to show the date the gift recipient first became a father. Wouldn’t this fun weathered piece look great in a garage or woodworking studio? Hope you have fun making it!
Another crafty gift idea for dad is this customized trinket box for him to keep all of his miscellaneous must haves in.