How to Build Your Own Beer Box

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How to Build Your Own Beer Box
Keep beer cool with a homemade beer box. (Bottle with beer on a white reflecting surface image by Alexander Oshvintsev from

Keep beer cold during barbecues, picnics and beach or tailgating parties by creating your own beer box. Homemade beer boxes are cheap, effective and easy to make. Use a large plastic bin if available or a cardboard box. Cases of beer generally come in cardboard boxes capable of holding 24 bottles of beer. These boxes can easily be turned into beer boxes as they are already thick and designed to hold heavier items. The cutout handles of the sides of these cases add to their beer box value.

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Things you need

  • Plastic bin or cardboard box, preferably a beer case box
  • Plastic dustbin liners
  • Tape
  • Beer
  • Crushed ice
  • Box knife

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  1. 1

    Take all the beer out of its cardboard case. Use a box knife to cut off the top flaps or fold the flaps in the box for extra insulation.

    How to Build Your Own Beer Box
    Remove the flaps or press them down to use as insulation. (cardboard box image by MAXFX from
  2. 2

    Open two plastic dustbin liners. Make sure they are free from holes and tears and put one liner in the cardboard box. The plastic liner should fit inside the box with the edges of the bag folding out over the box. Place the second liner inside the box, allowing the edges to fold over as well. Press the liners down inside the box.

  3. 3

    Add crushed ice to the box until it is about a third full. Add salt to the ice. Salt keeps the ice cool by lowering the freezing point of the water. Place a third dustbin liner inside the box over the ice, again making sure that the liner is free from holes and tears. Add eight to ten beers to the box.

  4. 4

    Use strong tape (like duct tape) to tape down all edges of the dustbin liners to the sides of the box. This keeps the sides of the liners from slowly falling into the box as beer is added or taken from the box.

    How to Build Your Own Beer Box
    Tape down sides with strong tape. (plastic tape image by timur1970 from
  5. 5

    Add more crushed ice to the box so that it envelops the beer. Add enough ice so that the labels of the beer bottles are not visible. Add ice whenever new beers are placed in the cooler. It will take about a half hour for the beers to cool to optimal temperature (about 1.67 degrees C).

    How to Build Your Own Beer Box
    Enjoy cold beer from your own cooler. (beer and bottle image by Allen Pinkall from

Tips and warnings

  • Plastic bins can be turned into reusable beer boxes. Simply follow the steps above; replace liners and ice with each use.
  • Use caution when removing box flaps with the box knife. Keep beer out of the sun in a safe, cool place away from children.

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