How to Make a DIY Drink Station for a Party This easy wood burned DIY project is great if you like to entertain, especially for Memorial Day weekend coming up. Use it both indoor or outdoor for BBQ’s, showers, birthday parties, or other celebrations. The rustic wood patina look is versatile and fits all styles. For this Torch Bearer project, I decided to use the Bernzomatic TS4000 torch and propane. Here is how I made it.
Time: 40 Minutes to One Hour
Burning the Wood Crates
Make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area. I like to work outdoors or in the garage when using a torch. Attach the propane tank and turn on the TS4000 by turning the knob and ignite the flame by pushing it in. In a steady back and forth motion, burn the wood moving the torch along the brain of the wood. Don’t forget to burn in between the slits of the crate. Gently sand the top and sides of each crate and clean off any debris with a clean cloth or paper towel. I used a sand block and 120 grit sandpaper.
Note these few safety tips:
- If you are working outside, make sure it is not too windy.
- Do not work near children and pets.
- Turn off the torch and disconnect the propane cylinder when not in use.
- Never leave the torch unattended.
- Make sure the torch in unlit and cool when not in use.
- Read and follow the manual and instructions.
Putting it Together
I wanted to place the mini crates on each side to anchor where the drink is poured. This way, depending on the drink you serve, you can use the two sides for:
- Cocktail Napkins
- Picks or Toothpicks
The wood crates are too narrow for nails, so I chose to use a strong bonding adhesive. I used DAP RapidFuse, which works well with wood. Lay the crates flush so that you can see where to apply the glue. Add the glue and apply pressure for 30 seconds. Allow the glue to cure for 30 minutes.
You can also use this same tutorial to make stands for Memorial Day weekend:
- Desserts and Cupcakes
- Party Appetizers
Need Some Patriotic Decorating Ideas? Break out the American flags! Flags come in different sizes, are inexpensive, and can be used in many ways.
- Place a grouping in a vase or Mason jar to use as a centerpiece.
- Line a walkway or driveway with them.
- Place a small one in a bouquet of flowers or succulents.
- Use them to decorate a front door wreath.