DIY: Build Your Own Mug Of Beer

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You’ve probably heard of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, and a few years ago I wrote about the newer Japanese craze of 3D paper models known as “paper craft” in Japanese Paper Beer. I just came across another one, this time it’s a paper mug of beer — called “Mr. Beer” or “Beer-Kun” — that you can download and build for yourself. If you’re looking for a project or something to do this weekend, here you go. Go to either Tamasoft or Cheek Patch to see the steps and also where you can find a link to the pdf to download as a pdf. Both websites are in Japanese but can easily be translated with the right browser.

This is what it should look like when you’re done.

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After you download the zip file, print out the pdf and then carefully cut out all of the pieces. You should then have all of these separate pieces, ready to build your mug. Have fun.

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Beer Can Advent Calendar

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This looks like a fun project for the DIY-minded beer lover, with a tip of the hat to KegWorks. The Do-It-Yourself website Instructables has step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Beer Advent Calendar with cans of beer instead of those little chocolates that most of them have behind each daily door. We also get a Lego Advent Calendar every year for the kids, but a beer Advent Calendar sounds even better. Check it out. Be sure to read the comments, too, where suggestions on how to do the same thing with beer bottles can be found.

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Beer Bottle Cap Art

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Ever wonder what to do with all those bottle caps amassed from opening your beer bottles? Well artist John T. Unger has figured out at least one thing to do with them: make beautiful fish art. Talk about taking trash and turning int o treasure. He takes varying used beer bottle crowns and uses them like tiles to make mosaics. Below is just a sample of his work, which can be purchased online, though they are a bit spendy (about $450 per fish). But they are very cool looking.

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This fish is made from a mixed palette of blue bottle caps with a white face of Becks caps.

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This fish is made from Bud Light, Heineken and Becks bottle caps.

And inspired by Unger’s work with beer bottle crowns, the craft website Instructables has posted step-by-step DIY instructions to make a dragon wall-hanging using 540 beer bottle caps (170 Michelob Amber Bock, 206 Killians, 68 Budweiser Select, 96 Budweiser).

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540 crowns is 90 six-packs or 22.5 cases of beer.

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And here’s a close-up of the dragon.