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DIY Kegerator
 
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We’re creeping into Fall but I think ice cold beers are good any time of year so I thought I’d share this project while I had a chance!

My family & our close family friends were chatting about how much beer we needed for a cottage weekend and trying to figure out how we were going to keep it all cold without taking up all the fridge space we needed for 10 peoples worth of food.

A small at-home kegerator seemed to solve a lot of our problems at once and also seemed like a fun weekend project. Our rough step-by-step is below!

Materials

  • Kegerator kit - this includes the valves and hoses you need to connect the CO2 tank and keg to the regulator and the regulator to the tap. You can buy these online but we found ours from someone on Kijiji who was going to build a kegerator and hadn’t gotten around to it

  • Tower/tap and handle - this we did purchase online - this will mount on the top of your fridge and control the flow of beer

  • Mini-fridge - used is great for this, just make sure there’s enough room inside for the keg size you want along with the CO2 tank!

  • Top - we took an extra step and added a wood top to ours, cut from a garage sale coffee table

  • Drip tray - after a few beers it’s likely you overfill a glass or two with foam. Save yourself some cleanup by buying a drip-tray online and setting it into your top, you can just lift it out to empty.

  • CO2 tank - you can google the best place to buy or fill these in your area, you just need a small one!

Directions

 
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1. We started by cleaning up the fridge and removing the door. The freezer portion of this fridge was a metal shelf but there was a coolant line attached so we couldn’t just cut it out. Instead we bent it down so it would be out of the way. Shelves protruding from the door didn’t give us enough clearance for the keg inside so we sawed these off.

Drill through the top layer first being careful to stop as soon as you are through.

Drill through the top layer first being careful to stop as soon as you are through.

Gently pick away at the insulation to ensure you are clear of coolant lines.

Gently pick away at the insulation to ensure you are clear of coolant lines.

Finally, drill the rest of the way through and clean up,

Finally, drill the rest of the way through and clean up,

2. Next we drilled a hole through the top of the fridge to run the hose to our tap handle. It’s really important that you figure out where the coolant lines run on your fridge and avoid cutting one when you drill - one leak and your fridge is toast. I’d recommend cutting through the top layer and then digging around gently through the insulation to make sure you’re clear before drilling the rest of the way through.

 
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3. Our next step was measuring and cutting the wood top to fit and carving out a space for the door hinge.

 
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4. We cut a hole for our tower to attach to and marked out where we wanted the drip tray to sit before cutting that out too. We added a spray sealant to finish the wood and protect it from any spills.

 
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5. Next we used construction adhesive to attach our precut and sealed wood to the top of the fridge.

 
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6. The tower was mounted to the wood top with screws and attached to the hose inside the fridge.

 
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7. I thought it would be fun to add a decal to the front of the fridge so I threw one together with one of our family’s favourite sayings and cut it out with my Cricut. My dad utilized some of his car decalling skills to apply it.

Regular Use

 
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You can typically buy kegs from the Beer Store in several sizes, our kegerator holds a 20L keg. Many craft breweries will also fill kegs for you, contact your local brewery and ask! When you’re ready to use your kegerator you’ll need to make sure your CO2 tank and keg are hooked up to the regulator and adjust a little to ensure the right carbonation. This can take a couple test pours while you get used to it.

Once hooked up you should be able to keep your keg for several months - assuming it lasts that long. Since we share our kegerator between 4 households we take turns using it for parties or events and then whoever had it last usually stores it in their basement or on a deck until someone needs it again.

 

Let me know if you have questions or want details on anything. There are lots of tutorials for these online but I really wanted to convey how simple this was. We spent about 3 hours and only a few hundred dollars putting this together and it’s gotten so much use already! It’s not terribly heavy when you remove the keg and CO2 tank and it fits in the back of most SUVs or hatchbacks with the seats folded down so it’s been feasible to move it between houses every few weeks as needed and even to bring it up to our rented cottage in the back of my dad’s pickup truck.

From a cost standpoint it is often only a little bit cheaper to buy kegs vs. cans or bottles but from a practicality standpoint it’s really nice that we don’t have to constantly keep tabs on empties, restock as often, or rotate beers in and out of the fridge. Calling this one a win!

Hey Lady! Bachelorette Favor Bags

Hey Lady!

I wanted to share some of the cute crafts I did recently for a friend's bachelorette party! She wasn't into penis straws or matching t-shirts but I wanted to make something cute to celebrate this amazing lady and commemorate the day! I decided to make the favour bags out of felt and decorate them with a pretty pink floral theme that I tried to carry through the decorations. 

"Hey lady!" is a common way for the bride to greet her friends so I thought it would be sweet and remind people of her without being too obviously bachelorette-y.

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I started by cutting out the two pieces that make up each bag using my Cricut Maker, but you could just as easily print a template and cut them out by hand! I had 20 bags to make which is 40 sides so I was taking any option I could to speed things along!

I bought a few yards of grey felt and got about 5 bag sides per metre of fabric. When cutting I used the rotary blade cutter on a 12"x24" fabric mat (if you're using an earlier Cricut you could use a deep-cut blade, just google settings for cutting felt!). You can download the SVG I used for the bag here!

Assembling these bags was a really simple sewing project and again could be done by hand if you had the time! Instead I broke out my 100 year-old Domestic sewing machine passed down to me by my late grandmother. She was also a crafty DIYer and I'll have to share more about her at some point. All I did was line up two pieces of the felt and ran my sewing machine in a straight stitch (that's all it's capable of) around the body of the bag and across the inch-long tops of the handles. Then you just turn the whole thing inside out!

The next step was to make the iron-on decals. I used this gorgeous tote design from Style Me Pretty as a starting point and then the free font Malisa Script to add my text! You can snag that project here! When cutting an iron-on remember to reverse the design. Then set up your machine with a deep cut blade and your Iron-on or HTV (heat-transfer vinyl - I like Siser brand!) shiny side down on your light grip mat. Once you've cut you can start the slightly tedious weeding process (the prettier the design the worse the weeding!) before ironing your design onto your bag!

Interested in how I filled these bags?

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I filled these cute little bags with some bachelorette party essentials! Powdered sports drink, mini packs of Advil, a Ring pop, Lifesavers mints, a pack of Kleenex and a little mix-your-own cocktail to get the party started! I also ended up tossing a bottle of water in each bag so we could stay hydrated on our day full of wine tours!

I bought pretty much everything here from the dollar store. The individual Advils aren't readily available in Canada but Dollar Tree in the U.S. stocks them so I picked them up on a trip across the border! 

Another thing that's hard to find up here in the Great White North? 50 ml bottles of alcohol. Because of the liquor laws in Ontario it's really hard to find 50 ml bottles of alcohol and nearly impossible to find them for a reasonable price. I bought the gin in Ontario for $5 a bottle before I gave up. While I was across the border I stopped in a liquor store in Amherst, NY and picked up a variety of bottles for $1-$2 a piece! The mixers I bought in an assorted pack at Marshalls (also try: Winners, Home Sense, TJ Maxx).

I tied them together with some cute pink and white baker's twine for.. no real reason except aesthetics. 

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I'll share the paper flowers I made for decoration soon!

Any questions? Just ask! I'll be over here making a mess.

Mel