So I know this isn’t a recipe, but I’m pretty proud of myself on this one, so I’m blogging it to share with all of you. I’m always asking people what I should get other people for Christmas. I was discussing with my friend what she was going to give her husband, and decided to steal it as a gift for my boyfriend. The trick with this one is making it before December 1st, so if you’re planning on giving this this year, get on it! I’m sure there are more efficient and better ways to go about making this, but here’s what I did…
Step 1: Acquire beer.
I decided to make a calendar of 24 days, so that meant I needed 24 different beers. First stop: Liquor Store. The liquor store definitely had 24 individual bottles of beer. Problem is, they ranged from $2.59 all the way up to $12.99 a bottle. So I had to choose wisely, otherwise this seemingly simple gift was going to cost me a small fortune. (I mean I love my boyfriend, but I’m not spending over 100 bucks on beer for him). Next I went to a few grocery stores to pick up the rest. Most grocery stores now let you pick your own six for a set price. It’s great. The trick was finding some that I knew he hadn’t already tried.
Step 2: Acquire a box
This sounds easier than it is. I thought I would just go buy a case of bottled beer and use it. Problem is, cases of bottle beer come in 18, not 24. Who wants an advent calendar that only goes up to December 18th? Pretty anticlimactic if you ask me. Luckily the Liquor store had given me a box to carry out my bottles. It wasn’t big enough. So I basically made my own box. I used the box from the liquor store and cut off one end. Then I used cardboard and foam board from other places to fill in the gaps on the bottom and sides. I also used a lot of heavy-duty packing tape. After that my box was complete!
Step 3: Create dividers
This was the easiest part of the box. I had some extra foam board so I cut it to make the dividers. I knew I wanted to have four rows of six beers. I cut three rectangles the length of the box, and then four rectangles the width of the box. Using a ruler, I divided the length rectangles into fourths and the width dividers into sixths. Then I used an exacto knife to create a slit half way up each rectangle. Then I was able to slide the rectangles together to make the dividers. These are essential so when moving the box the beers don’t clink together and break.
Step 4: Fill with beer
This was easy. Probably the easiest part of the whole ordeal. I just tried to mix them around to make in more interesting for the receiver.
If you look closely, you can see where I had to tape the box together. Also you can see the dividers I made.
Step 5: Make the lid
I used thick posterboard for this. I cut it to fit over the top of the box, then I used the packing tape to tape it onto the box. Then I measured to divide it into fourths and sixths. I used a pencil to draw the lines. Then I used an exacto-knife to cut out the doors. Make sure when you do this that you don’t actually cut along the lines you drew. You want to leave some space (about a centimeter) between the lines and the door.
Step 6: Decorate!
I would recommend covering the box with wrapping paper and then using markers or paint to decorate the top. Make sure you mix around the numbers for the doors, this makes it more interesting in my opinion. My decorating job didn’t turn out as well as I’d planned. I wanted the box to be red with gold numbers and lettering. But, painting cardboard and packing tape wasn’t as easy as I’d thought. So instead I ended up covering the box with silver ribbon and black paper. Then I painted the top silver and used puff paint to do the numbers. At least they were red and green? Sigh. I tried. Although I don’t think it mattered much to the receiver. As with people, it’s what’s inside that counts. 😉