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How to Make Bottle Cap Crafts
Recycling if a great way to help the environment. A lot of people like to turn their used bottles into watering bulbs for plants, pencil cases, or even vases. Unfortunately, the caps tend to go to waste. With a little know-how and creativity, however, you can turn bottle caps into all sorts of beautiful things. If you have kids, then you can get them started on the art of recycling with plastic bottle caps.
Making Bottle Cap Magnets
Buy or recycle some metal bottle caps from glass bottles.You can use metal bottle caps from glass beer and soda bottles, or you can buy some from the craft store. If you are buying bottle caps from a craft store, note that some have holes punched into the edges. You can use these holes to turn them into jewelry.
- Many of the craft store bottle caps come painted or with flared edges. These can often give you a nicer finish.
- If you are recycling real bottle caps, there may be a rubber seal on the inside. Be sure to peel this away first.
Choose and print your image.The image must be small enough to fill a 1-inch (2.54 centimeter) circle. You can design your own image or find a template online. Maps, scrapbooking paper, and initials work great for this.
- If you wish to seal your image later on with 3D crystal lacquer, use a laser printer. Images printed with an ink jet printer will blur.
Cut the image out.You can do this with a pair of scissors or use a 1-inch (2.54-centimeter) circle hole punch. You can find these types of punches in arts and crafts stores.A punch is highly recommended because it will give you a clean, precise edge.
Glue the image into the bottle cap.Coat the inside of the bottle cap with a strong, clear-drying glue (i.e.: E6000). Press the image into the glue, and smooth out any wrinkles.
- Do not use too much glue, otherwise it will leak out from beneath the image.
Let the glue dry.How long this takes depends on what type of glue you used. This take anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours. Check the bottle or tube of glue for more precise drying times.
- Don't get impatient. If you move onto the next step too soon, the epoxy sticker may not adhere properly. If you are using 3D lacquer, it may not set.
Press a 1-inch (2.54-centimeter) epoxy sticker on top of the image.Epoxy stickers are round, flat pieces of clear epoxy. You can find them in the sticker or scrapbooking section of an arts and crafts store.You can also flood the bottle cap with 3D crystal lacquer, which you can find in the adhesive or jewelry section of an arts and crafts store.
- If you are using 3D crystal lacquer, watch out for air bubbles. If you see any, pop them with a pin or toothpick.
- If you are using 3D crystal lacquer, be careful of any punched holes that might be in the sides of the bottle cap, or the lacquer will leak out.
Glue a magnet to the back of the bottle cap.Flip the bottle cap over and make a pea-sized dot using industrial-strength glue. Press a round magnet into the glue, and let it dry. A silver rare earth or neodymium magnet is highly recommended for this due to its strength; you can find them online and in arts and crafts stores.
- If you are using 3D crystal lacquer, you will need to wait up to 24 hours for it to set first.
Getting creative with future projects.Your bottle cap magnet is all done and ready to use! They are quite easy to make. If you wish to make more of them, consider some of the variations listed below for your next project:
- Add some small buttons, charms, or embellishments to the bottle cap before filling it with 3D crystal lacquer.
- Glue a 1-inch (2.54-centimeter) acrylic gem inside the bottle cap instead of using an image and 3D crystal lacquer.
- Stir a sprinkle of extra-fine glitter into the crystal lacquer before it sets.
- If you punched a hole into the bottle cap, add a jump ring and turn it into a necklace or key chain instead.
- Glue the image to the outside of the bottle cap, then seal it with crystal lacquer.
Making Bottle Cap Earrings
Get a set of matching bottle caps.Make sure that they are clean on the inside. If they have a rubber seal inside the cap, try to pry it out with a needle or craft blade. If you can't pry it out, don't worry about it.
Use a hammer and awl to punch a hole in the side of each bottle cap.Place the bottle cap on its side on a sturdy surface, such as a block of wood or a concrete floor. Place the tip of the awl on the inside of the side edge, then tap it with a small hammer to make a hole. Repeat this step for the other bottle cap.
- The hole will be on the top of the earring. If your bottle cap has a specific design, make sure that it is oriented the right way.
- Do not punch the hole through the top/flat part of the cap. Punch it through the side, fluted part of the cap.
Slide a head-pin up through the hole.Make sure that you are inserting it from the inside of the bottle cap, so that the head part of the pin is under the hole, and the stick part is coming out of the top of the bottle cap.
- Match the head-pin color to the bottle cap. If your bottle cap has a silver base, choose a silver head-pin. If your bottle cap has a gold base, choose a gold or brass head-pin.
- Head-pins look like long, skinny needles with a flat pin head on one end.
Add two to three beads.Glass, faceted beads will look the best, but you can use other types of beads too. Try to use colors that match your bottle cap. For example, if the logo has blue and green on it, use blue and green beads.
Bend the head pin at a 90-degree angle.Pinch the end of the head-pin between your needle-nose pliers. Bend the head-pin at a 90-degree angle. Try to get the angle as close to the beads as you can.
Cut the wire down to about 1/4 inch (0.64 centimeters).Use a pair of wire cutters to snip the excess wire off. Leave enough wire to twist into a small loop, about 1/4 inch (0.64 centimeters).
- Some needle-nose pliers have cutters in them. You can use these to cut the wire too.
Bend the wire into a loop.Pinch the end of the wire with your round-nose pliers. Twist the pliers around the wire to make a loop. Make sure that the loop is pointing upwards and not to the side.
Add the loop to an ear wire.Use your needle-nose pliers to open up the small loop on the bottom of your ear wire. Slide the head-pin loop onto the ear wire loop, then close the ear wire loop.
- An ear wire is another name for the metal earring hooks that are shaped like shepherd crooks. You are find them in the beading section of an arts and crafts store.
- Open and close the ear wire loop by pulling it past the ear wire, like a door. Don't pull it away like a drawer.
- If there is a small gap in the end, pinch the loop shut between your needle-nose pliers.
Repeat the steps for the second earring.Make sure that you place the hole in the same location on the second earring as you did on the first. Also, try to use beads in the same color and pattern as on the first earring.
- If you want to make the earrings even fancier, you can punch a second hole at the bottom, then secure more beads using another head-pin.
Making Plastic Bottle Cap Crafts
Make a spider with a black bottle cap, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners.Paint a bottle cap black. Glue some googly eyes to the top. Cut two black pipe cleaners in half and fold them into Vs. Glue the point of each V to the inside of the bottle cap, so you have four legs on each side. Bend the legs into shape so the spider can stand.
- You can use two big googly eyes for a cartoon spider, or a bunch of tiny ones for a more realistic one.
- Paint a red hourglass onto the back to make it a black widow.
- Acrylic paint will work the best.
Turn colorful bottle caps into ladybugs with black spots and googly eyes.Paint a small, black semi-circle onto the top of the bottle cap to make the head. Glue two googly eyes onto the black part. Finish off with a bunch of black spots in different sizes.
- You can use acrylic paint, black puffy paint, or a black marker.
- You can paint the bottle caps first with acrylic paint if you don't like the color.
Glue three white bottle caps together to make a snowman ornament.Paint three bottle caps white. Glue them in a row to a piece of ribbon. Fold the ribbon back to make a loop above the bottle caps. Glue it to the back of the ribbon and cut off the excess. Add black dots for the buttons, eyes and mouth, and an orange triangle for the nose.
- You can use permanent makers, paint pens, or puffy paint to decorate the snowman.
- Tie a piece of ribbon or yarn between the top two bottle caps to make a scarf.
Turn a bottle cap into a fish with triangles of colored paper.Get a colored bottle cap. Cut a triangle out of paper in a contrasting color. Glue the point of the triangle behind the bottle cap so that the rest sticks out like a tail. Glue a single googly eye to the top of the bottle cap, then decorate the fish with glitter glue or puffy paint.
- Make some scales on the fish, and lines on the paper tail.
- Make more fish, then glue them to a sheet of blue paper. Add green ribbon or tissue paper for seaweed to make a scene.
Turn a bottle cap into a pinning top with a toothpick.Punch a hole through the center of the bottle cap with a nail or needle. Cut off one of the pointy ends of a toothpick. Stick the other pointy end through the inside hole by ½ inch (1.27 centimeters). Secure the toothpick on both sides with a drop of glue.
- Decorate the rest of toothpick with washi tape to make it more colorful.
- Make sure that the toothpick comes out of the top of the bottle cap.
- Set the pointy end of the toothpick on a flat surface. Hold it by the blunt it, and give it a whirl.
- Hot glue works the best for plastic bottle caps, but it is not always kid-friendly. White tacky glue or school glue will work in a pinch.
- Acrylic paint works the best on plastic bottle caps. You can also try spray paint.
- If the plastic bottle caps have logos, wipe them off with nail polish remover, then rinse them with soap and water.
- The bottle caps on your earrings don't have to match.
- You can buy metal bottle caps in the arts and craft store, but they won't come with any cool logos.
- If you don't like the color of your metal bottle caps, paint them! Enamel paint, nail polish, and pray paint will work great.
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