How to Make a DIY Beer Caddy & Flight Paddles (Template & Tutorial)

by Kelly-n-Tony
15 Materials
8 Hours

My husband loves getting beer flights when we go out to restaurants, so he decided he'd like to see if he could make a DIY beer caddy and flight paddles as gifts.

This project was all his doing. He created the templates, then bought, cut, stained, and assembled the wood. He said it was probably a mid-level skill project. Here's how to make a DIY beer caddy with matching DIY beer flight paddles:

Planing the wood

1. Measure the wood

He used two pieces of pine wood. One 1x6x6 and one 1x8x6 wood but the thickness comes as ¾" so he planed the wood down to ½". This photo shows the difference before and after planing.

Tracing the template pieces

2. Trace the templates

Similar to using a pattern for making an outfit, you'll lay the template pieces out on the wood to see where they fit best. The next step would be to trace them with a pencil onto the wood so you can cut the rough shapes out with a miter saw and a table saw.

DIY beer caddy and flight paddle template dimensions

You can make your own templates or get the patterns he created:

Note: The two PDF sheets include all the pattern pieces needed to make a caddy. Each needs to be printed on 11x17 paper to be the right size for your caddy. Staples is one of the places that can print in this size.

Cutting the wood pieces

3. Cut the pieces

You can see the pencil lines here from tracing the patterns.

Cutting the wood with a scroll saw

The Ryobi Scroll Saw cuts the pieces of wood into the right shapes.

How to cut the holes for the flight paddles

How to cut the holes for the flight paddles

Above you can see the bottom paddle has small holes- this is from using a center punch based on the pattern spacing. This helps you get the circles cut as seen in the top paddle.

You use 1¾" Forstner Bits to cut the circles for the flight paddles. A ¼" Router Bit was used to smooth the paddle edges for a finished look. That is both the top and bottom edges of the board and including the center paddle circles.

DIY templates and cut wood pieces

This shows the template pieces on the left which created the cut wood on the right before staining or assembling.

DIY beer caddy

4. Fit the pieces together

Make sure everything fits together before staining and nailing. So far so good!

Gluing the stained caddy pieces

5. Sand, stain & assemble

Once the parts have been sanded to smooth any rough edges the wood was wiped down and stained. He actually made two caddies: one was a darker stain and the other a lighter stain.

You can glue and nail but it's possible to just nail it. Here, you can see he glued and clamped this one before nailing it with a brad nailer.

Glasses for a beer flight paddle

6. Add the accessories

I found these cool little 4 oz glasses perfect for flight paddles on Amazon. They stack easily to put into the caddy and are shatterproof plastic. They are "disposable" but actually wash up nicely for repeated use.

DIY beer flight paddle with glasses

Each caddy will require 6 of these glasses because each caddy has two paddles.

Cast iron bottle opener

One side of the caddy will need one of these cast iron bottle openers.

DIY beer caddies as gifts

Here you can see the two caddies he made. Each has a bottle opener at one end, two paddles at the other end, and 6 bottles and 6 stacked glasses in the center of each caddy.

DIY beer caddy with flight paddles

DIY beer caddy with flight paddles

So whether you make one for yourself or as a gift, these DIY beer caddies and flight paddles are really great looking! Each one has about $3 in wood, $3 for a bottle opener, and $4 for 6 glasses.

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  • Ccam Ccam on Feb 24, 2022

    Are the patterns for this project still available. The link above didn’t work and I just get an error page

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