Hey there, how was your weekend? Did you do anything special? We had a quiet one. My Mom came around for a visit and the kids made us a batch of scrumptuolicious crumpets on Sunday morning. While they were cooking up a storm in the kitchen, we made this handy little beer caddy using an old belt and other bits and pieces we had lying around.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

I love the fact that we could repurpose that old belt for a handle and the license plates add that extra bit of quirkiness.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

We’ve used them in quite a few projects. Like this boring old office storage that got a complete makeover and the coolest license plate light ever. But this isn’t just any old beer caddy. No Siree. Not only is it stylish, it also keeps those beers chilled at the same time 😀 But we’ll get to that in a bit. Here’s what you need if you want to make your own.

What You Need

  • 2 License Plates
  • A Piece of Wood (50 cm x 50 cm or 19 6/8″ x 19 6/8″)
  • Old Belt
How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

You’ll also need:

  • A Drill
  • Wood Glue
  • Polystyrene
  • Water Based Wood Sealer
  • A Sharp Craft or Hobby Knife
  • Mold Resistant Clear Silicon
  • 12 Wood Screws
  • 2 Leather Rivets

How to Make a Chilled Beer Caddy

Start by drawing the template for the sides and bottom of the beer caddy onto your piece of wood. The License plates I used are 15 cm x 30.5 cm (5 7/8″ x 12″) so I cut two side pieces as shown below.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

You’ll also need to cut a piece of wood for the base or bottom of the caddy. Since I didn’t have enough wood for a solid base I just cut two 27 cm x 6 cm pieces. That’s about 10 7/8″ x 2 3/4″. Depending on how thick the sides are you may need to adjust the base measurement a little. Sand all the pieces to remove any splinters and mark where the belt handle should go.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

Use a drill to make a whole bunch of holes all along the mark.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

Carefully remove all the extra bits between the holes to create one big slit and then sand away any rough spots. Stain and seal the wood. We had some American Walnut stain left over from our chest of drawers makeover so I just used that sealed the wood with a matt outdoor varnish.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

All righty then. When all the pieces are ready and looking pretty, it’s time to assemble the beer caddy.

Putting The Chilled Beer Caddy Together

I found it easiest to screw the license plates onto the side pieces first. Once that was done, I added the base of the beer caddy using wood glue and a few screws.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

To add the belt handle, slide the belt through the slits, fold it over, add some glue, and fasten it together with a leather rivet.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

Adding The Chill Factor

We’re almost done. All we need to do is to add that chill factor 😉 Use a sharp craft knife to cut 5 pieces of polystyrene to fit snugly inside the beer caddy.  Seal the joins between the pieces with silicon.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

Once the silicon dries, pop in a few ice cubes and add your favorite beer beverage, hot or cold.

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

Polystyrene is a great, inexpensive insulator 😉

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

Anyone for a cold one 😀

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea
How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

I’d love to know what you think of the chilled beer caddy. Is it something you’d try making?

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How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Such a great tutorial. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea #ManCaveDIYPlans

Oh, and you may have noticed that there are only 5 beers inside…. …. ….  ….. It seems the hubby worked up such a thirst watching me make the caddy, that he just couldn’t resist having a cold one to celebrate when it was all done 😀

How to build your own wooden beer caddy using license plates. Now you can carry those brews in style and keep them chilled at the same time. Great gift idea

Isn’t that T-shirt just so appropriate? Love my hubby to bits, scraggly beard and all 😉 Oh, and if you don’t want to all that trouble and find some of the materials we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more unique DIY and craft tutorials to share with you 😉

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Anyways, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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