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”!
- 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
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.
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.