An Easy Guide to Custom Made Whiskey Barrel Heads

An Easy Guide to Custom Made Whiskey Barrel Heads

Hey there, fellow bourbon aficionados and gift-searching wanderers! Today, we're diving into the woody world of custom bourbon barrel heads—a gift that screams thoughtfulness, originality, and, let's face it, a healthy appreciation for the finer things in life (like bourbon, of course). So, if you're looking to really impress someone special who enjoys a good dram as much as they love unique decor, buckle up!

There is a time and place for Etsy, and this is it

First things first, let's talk shopping. When it comes to finding these bespoke beauties, Etsy is your best bet. Specifically, a seller named RusticHomeWallArt has done well for me — and I am not receiving any compensation for saying that. They simply offer fantastic service and are on the more wallet-friendly side of the spectrum.

It's worth noting that these personalized pieces usually fall into the "no returns" category, so be as meticulous as an old-time distiller checking their bourbon when you review those proofs. RusticHomeWallArt was great for me, completing 4 rounds of reviews before I finalized.

Laser Burned vs Printed

Custom Barrel Head

Now, onto the craftsmanship—printed or laser burned, that is the question. If your design resembles a Renaissance painting more than a simple monogram, printed is the way to go, allowing for a variety of colors and intricate details. On the other hand, if you have a one-color design and you're all about that authentic, "I could've been part of a barrel in another life" vibe, laser burned will be a better option. It gives a more rustic look, though your wallet might feel a bit lighter afterward.

Customization Options

For most gift-givers, semi-custom options are a sweet spot. You choose a design template, pick your fonts, and provide the text. It's straightforward yet leaves room for a personal touch—perfect for when you want to say, "I thought about you, but I also didn't spend nights agonizing over Adobe Illustrator."

Ah, but for those who wish to wield their creative power like a master distiller mashing their next bill, venturing into the realms of Upwork or Fiverr could be your golden ticket. For around $30, you can commission a custom logo or graphic that captures the essence of the recipient. It's like crafting your own bourbon blend but for design—tailored to taste. I've done this many times and I can assure you the process is easy and effective. Usually you just tell them the vibe you are going for, and maybe give them some inspirational pictures to go with the description. Then the freelancer pops out a few choices and you pick one.

Other Considerations

A heads-up on the heft of these barrel heads.... They're not kidding around; we're talking 21 inches in diameter, 3/4 inch thick solid oak, with a plywood backer board for extra stability. So, if you're gifting this to someone, maybe don't surprise them with it at a crowded bar—unless you're aiming for an impromptu workout session. And make sure that you either find a stud to mount this, or use a solid wall anchor to get the job done.


In conclusion, whether you're going semi-custom or full-blown artiste, a bourbon barrel head is a gift that speaks volumes (in both style and substance). Just remember to check those proofs, weigh your design options carefully, and perhaps start doing some bicep curls in preparation for the big reveal. Cheers to gifting success! 🥃

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