A Party Trick That’ll Never Get Old: How to Make a Magnetic Bottle Opener

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This isn’t your typical bottle opener — it’s got a hidden secret. It’s magnetic for catching bottle caps. A magnetic bottle opener is not only a great party trick but also super useful for preventing bottle caps from scattering across the ground or into a jar that can collect rainwater, bugs or other unwanted debris if left outdoors. Today we’re excited to share the step-by-step process for making one of your own.

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Tim came across this distinctive wall mountable skull opener during our latest trip to NYC. We loved it for this project and our outdoor space but realize skulls might not be everybody’s cup of tea in terms of taste (ha!). This is where you can get really creative, choosing any shape or type of wall-mountable bottle opener you like. We’ve seen many great options on Etsy.

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 Bottle openers from Rob’s Rustics on Etsy.

 Things You’ll Need

  • Wood backing (board or plaque)
  • Hole saw attachment, 3-plus-inch
  • Wood chisel
  • Sandpaper
  • 3 1/8-inch disc magnet, 95-pound
  • Wall-mountable bottle opener
  • Screwdriver and/or power drill
  • 1-inch wood screws for opener mounting, #8, 2
  • 2 exterior screws for wall-mounting the board, 2 1/2-inch

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Start with a piece of wood wide enough to support your bottle opener and long enough to allow 6 inches between the mouth of the bottle opener and center of the hidden magnet. You’ll want to create enough space to ensure the bottle caps will fall and stick to the base of the opener. We used a portion of a board we had stacked up in our garage for this project, but you can find precut boards at your local hardware store or even fancier prefabricated wood plaques at your local craft store that will work just as well.

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Measure 6 inches from where the mouth of the bottle opener will be positioned to determine where the center of your magnet will go on the back of the board. This is where we’ll begin drilling.

Using a 3-plus-inch hole saw drill attachment, sized to match the diameter of the magnet, drill into the backside of the wood, stopping just shy of drilling all the way through. The key here is to get as close to the front face of the board as possible, which will help create a stronger magnetic pull from the hidden magnet.

Using a wood chisel, scrape and chisel away the rounded center of the drilled wood to create a basin for securing the magnet.

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Clean and sand the edges of the hole to the desired finish and smoothness, and then screw and the secure bottle opener into the front side of the wood.

Press the magnet into the chiseled hole basin. It should fit snugly without the need for adhesive; however, using a thin layer of a wood & metal bonding agent is completely fine for added security. You should be able to move the wood board freely without the magnet moving or loosening.

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Now it’s time to mount your new magnetic bottle opener to the wall and test it out!

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We had an area of our back patio space among the grapevines planned out for housing our new opener.

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Using a power drill, secure the bottle opener to a wall in an easily accessible area, generally level with the height at which you would open a bottle. Then you’re ready to call this project good to go.

Gather friends and family around to crack open your favorite bottled drinks, watching the caps fall and catch at different places onto the magnetic wooden surface below the opener.

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Looking for more outdoor ideas? Learn how to make these glowing outdoor hanging lanterns and these DIY hand stamped copper garden markers.

Cheers,
Mary & Tim

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