Open a Beer With a Sheet of Paper





Introduction: Open a Beer With a Sheet of Paper

About: I enjoy the outdoors but I wouldn't call myself an outdoor expert. I do risk management for a living so I tend to think worst case scenario in most cases. It makes me a lot of fun at parties .

If you have a beer and a sheet of paper, there is no reason to be thirsty.

Of course it's always easier to just use the bottle opener on the bar (yes there is a vise on my bar top, which is actually an old work bench made in the 50's by the home's original owners).

This is really more of a party trick... But there are plenty of other things you can do with a sheet of paper. This is a good demonstration of the strength of paper with just a few folds.

I'm certainly not the first one to do it. I saw someone do it over 20 years ago and I am sure plenty have done it since.

(also... Yes I have a flask that holds a half gallon. I found it at Goodwill)

Step 1: Fold the Paper in Half

You want crisp folds. There is more strength. Also, you'll want to end up with a lever with the folded end up. So plan accordingly.

Step 2: Important

Make sure the fold is up... Otherwise it will just crush.

Step 3: First Try

Hold the bottle tight. I like to place my "lever" on my thumb so I can put upward pressure on it.

You can see that in the paper vs. steel contest the paper holds its own.

Step 4: Success!

Second time was the charm.

These are stills from the video. You can see the bottle cap flying off.

I suppose I should add another step and say drink... But I assume you have figured that out.



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    10 Discussions


    Reply 2 years ago

    Which one?
    Either way... Congrats!

    Or you could just write: "please open this bottle for me!" and hand the paper and bottle to the guy with the bottle opener...

    1 reply

    What fun would that be??

    This works great in college. I used to tell people I could open a beer with a dollar bill. Fold it and wow the inebriated masses.

    2 replies

    I never tried it with a dollar. But as often as I have seen it done, every time I have ever done it, it was always original to the people there.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Well you could roll it up really tight and poke someone in the eye.

    Also... Maybe you should have a beer.

    love it! Knew how you did it when I saw the title. I have opened them with everything, but never thought about this! Thank you!

    1 reply

    Haha. Yep. Not much would keep me out of that bottle. I mainly did the Instructable to enter the paper contest.
    I searched for the topic on here and didn't see it, and opening beer is something I feel like an expert at. :)

    Thanks for the comment!