For a fun, unconventional holiday affair, we created this bachelor-style tree-trimming party in partnership with Heineken. You don’t even need an actual tree — just power tools and beer! Invite guests over for a casual Christmas gathering, and ask them to BYOBeer (preferably in green bottles). As guests hang out and drink the beers, simply line up the empty bottles on a frame to form your Christmas “tree”!

DIY Beer Bottle Tree


  • 45 bottles of beer (we used Heineken)
  • 3″x3″ piece of wood cut to be 6’8″ long
  • 1′ wood circle
  • 4 metal “L” brackets
  • Wood screws
  • Power drill
  • Tree skirt
  • Christmas lights
  • Staple gun
  • 1″x2″ piece of wood cut to be 42 1/2″ long
  • 1″x2″ piece of wood cut to be 32 1/2″ long
  • 1″x2″ piece of wood cut to be 23 1/4″ long
  • 1″x2″ piece of wood cut to be 15 3/4″ long
  • 1″x2″ piece of wood cut to be 11 1/4″ long
  • 1″x2″ piece of wood cut to be 6 1/2″ long
  • 3 1/2″ wood screws
DIY Beer Christmas Tree

For the base and the “trunk” of the tree:

You will be building a six-tiered tree (that is, with six levels). The 6’8″ piece of wood will serve as the “trunk” of your tree. Attach a 1′ circular base with metal “L” brackets to give it a stable base to stand on. Then cover the “L” brackets with a tree skirt.

For the Christmas tree “branches” (i.e., levels of beer): The six 1″x2″ pieces of wood cut in progressively shorter lengths will be your branches — the bottom level will be 42 1/2″ and the top level will be 6 1/2″. Starting 15″ from the bottom of the trunk, attach the 42 1/2″ piece of wood with 3 1/2″ wood screws. Then, 10″ above that level, attach the 32 1/2″ piece. Continue in this way with 10″ between each level until you get to the top level (the 6 1/2″ piece). Note: These lengths allow for 16 beer bottles on the bottom level, then 12, 8, 5, 3, and 1 on the top level.

DIY Beer Christmas Tree
After the tree is built, use a staple gun to attach the Christmas lights to the front edge of each level and plug them into your DIY star marquee light.

For even more quirky Christmas flair, download our printable deer and beer gift tags. Meanwhile, invite friends over for some festive brews with this Reindeer Games Evite invitation!

Reindeer Games Evite Invitation

Want more reasons to gather together for the holidays? Check out our 31 Days of Party interactive calendar for occasion ideas.