Small Projects Using Bottle Caps

DIY Bottle Cap Pins

100 bottles of beer on the wall, 100 bottles of beer, you take one down, pass it around, 99 bottles of beer on the wall!  You drink the beer, recycle the glass bottle but then what happens to the bottle cap?  Don’t trash it, you can recycle the bottle caps but there’s a preferred way to do it.  Rather than dropping the bottle caps in to the curbside bin as you accumulate them, collect them all in a steel can.  Maybe it was a chili and beer kinda day so you have bean and tomato cans sitting on your countertop.  Save one and use it to collect the bottle caps.   A second option is to upcycle the bottle cap in to something new.

Can containing bottle caps to recycle

I like wine but it doesn’t like me so much.  I like liquor but here in Georgia, we have to hit the liquor store for that and the fewer stores I have to visit, the better.  Beer is my choice 8 out of 10 times.  There’s something so refreshing about a cold beer on a hot day.  For some reason, I had started collecting the bottle caps but without any idea what I was going to do with them.  My stash grew to a slightly unmanageable amount so I needed to figure out what to do with them all.  At the time, I didn’t know bottle caps could be recycled so I spent what felt like 15 minutes on Pinterest but was probably more like 3 hours, searching for different ways to use the bottle caps.  At that same time, the bulldog rescue we volunteer with was fundraising.  I offered to make bottle cap pins for the rescue so they use them as they wished.  Today I’m going to share with you how easy it is to make bottle cap pins, necklaces, magnets, etc.

 

How To Make Bottle Cap Pins

Bottle Cap Pin Supplies

You’ll need:

  • cardstock paper
  • printer
  • glue gun
  • bottle caps
  • spray paint
  • 1″ epoxy dots
  • pins
  • 1″ circle lever punch

 

Steps:

1 – Spray Paint bottle caps – I sprayed both sides

2 – While those are drying, print out the image you want to use

3 – Using the 1″ circle lever punch, punch out the images

4 – After the bottle caps are dry, affix the image to the bottle cap using a glue gun

5 – Place an epoxy dot on top of each of the images you’ve glued in to the bottle caps

6 – Using the glue gun, affix the pins to the back side of the bottle cap

 

You could also easily turn it in to a magnet by swapping out the pins for magnets.  If you’d like to make a necklace instead, you’ll need a jump ring and a chain/ribbon/rope of some kind.  When I made necklaces, I used a nail and a hammer to puncture a hole in the rim of the bottle cap.  Then I inserted the jump ring and glued in the image and added the epoxy dot.

 

Bottle Cap Necklace

 

My daughter and I made a couple for her to give to some kids in her class and we just used 1″ round stickers for the images.  The possibilities are truly endless.  I’ve also seen some bottle cap necklaces that have a word like “hope” or “love” or something short with some beads around it.    Any of these would make great gifts for mom or really anyone.  A few other ideas I came across on Pinterest that I really liked:

Brooch by Regina Lord

 

Snow Men by Snapguide

 

State Art by BeneathMyHeart.net

 

Flower by SassyDealz.com

 

Have you ever made anything with bottle caps?  I’d love to see pictures.  If you’ve never made anything, what would you like to make?

Next time you enjoy that cold beer or soda, invite me over!

Heather

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