I built several of these personalized bottle cap catchers for holiday gifts. They require minimal tools to build and are great beginner projects.

I mounted the catcher at my house on the rails of our screened-in porch (as shown in the picture). In the tutorial, I show you how to make a keyhole so that you can hang it on the wall if you wish. The bulldog opener that I secured to the back board is from Pottery Barn.

Build your own and let me know how it turns out!

Step 1: Cut boards to size

Measure back board

Gather your lumber, tape measure, and combination square.

For the back board, take the 1/2 x 6″ board and measure and mark 15″. Use a mitre or jig saw to cut the board to size.

For the bottom board, take the 1/4 x 3″ board and cut a 6″ long piece.

The cutlist

To create the left and right side boards, take the 1/4 x 3″ board and cut two 4″ long pieces. Take each 4″ long piece and measure 3″ on one side. Then, mark the diagonal line that connects the 3″ mark to the top of the 4″ side. Cut out this section on each side piece.

To create the front pieces, take the 1/4 x 3″ board and cut a 6″ long piece. Then, cut that piece directly in half to create two pieces roughly 1.5″ inches wide.

Step 2: Cut the keyhole for mounting

Rout a keyhole

This next step is optional and depends on how you plan to mount your bottle cap catcher. If you want to mount it to the wall, one option (and the high quality way) is to use a keyhole bit to rout a keyhole in the back board.

Keyhole bit

A keyhole is a secure way to hang the item on the wall. I used this keyhole bit from Whiteside.


Step 3: Attach the sides

Attach sides with nail gun

Use a nail gun and 5/8″ brad nails to attach the sides to the back board.

Step 4: Attach the bottom and front pieces

Attach bottom and front pieces

Next, attach the bottom board and two front pieces using 5/8″ brad nails.

Step 5: Apply stain, personalize, and apply poly

After staining

For staining, I used Minwax provincial stain. It turned out great.

After painting the letter (see below), apply a generous coat of poly to protect the piece.

Materials for personalizing

To personalize the piece, I used a letter stencil, stencil adhesive, foam brush for painting, and black hobby paint.

Using a foam brush helps you apply just the right amount of paint so that it doesn’t run inside the stencil lines.

Step 6: Mount opener and prepare for mounting

Making pilot holes

Next, mount the bottle opener to the back board.

Because I decided to mount the catcher directly into the rails of my screened-in porch, I also created pilot holes for where I wanted to screw the piece to the rails.

Step 7: Open a cold one and enjoy!

Check out the DIY starter kit to kickstart your project!

Item Size Quantity
1/2" x 6" board (Poplar) 64" 1
1/4" x 3" board (Poplar) 64" 1
5/8" brad nails N/A 25
Bottle opener wall mount N/A 1
Keyhole bit N/A 1

Cut list

Item Cut Dimensions Quantity
1/4" x 3" (left and right sides) 3" height short end, 4" height long end 2
1/2" x 6" (back board) 15" height 1
1/4" x 3" (bottom board) 6" width 1
1/4" x 6" (front pieces) 1.25" width 2

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