How To Make a Bottle Cap Pendant- Easy Tutorial

Have you ever wondered how to make one of those cute bottle cap pendants that are so popular lately? You have come to the right place!! Not only are the adorable but they are very easy to make. OK, there's more! Not only are they ADORABLE and EASY TO MAKE but your helping out the environment by recycling/reusing those bottle caps! Making pendants out of used bottle caps is a really easy process. If you are using resin to seal your image inside your bottle cap the process takes a little bit longer but it is definitely worth the wait. Also, you may choose to use brand new bottle caps purchased from a home brewing supply company instead of used bottle caps. I prefer used because at any given day and time I can take a walk and come back with tons of used bottle caps in good usable condition.  Whatever you want to do, your finished piece will be beautiful, I am sure.  Let's get started!

Learn to make these cute bottle cap pendants!
Learn to make these cute bottle cap pendants!

What You Will Need

  • Bottle Caps (new or used)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Art or Picture
  • Scissors or 1 inch circle punch
  • 2 Part Resin or Diamond Glaze
  • Dremel with small drill bit or hammer and nail
  • Large Jump Ring

STEP 1: Get Your Cap Ready

I always put the hole in for the jump ring first thing. Take your Dremel and drill a small hole on the side of the bottle cap. Be very careful doing this.. I usually hold the cap with a small towel to avoid slipping. You can also use a hammer and nail to make a hole in the cap.

If you are doing used bottle caps and are planning to paint your cap a certain color now is the time to do that. 

Are you using used bottle caps?

If you are making your pendants from used bottle caps it will be helpful for you to first visit my hub preparing used bottle caps to make pendants. It's got some great tips on how to prepare your cap including an easy way to remove the plastic seal from your used caps.

lots of bottle caps!
lots of bottle caps!

STEP 2: Insert Your Art

Now is the time to insert your image into the bottle cap. The possibilities are endless! You can use images from a magazines, books, old calendars, pictures, printed images or whatever... Once you have chosen the art or picture you would like to use, take your 1 inch hole punch or scissors and cut it out.

Now take the cut out image and apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back side with a paint brush. Then apply your image down into the bottle cap (making sure to line it up with the hole you put into the side of the cap) and press down over the top of the image making sure there isn't any air trapped under it and the entire image is stuck to the metal.

*** IMPORTANT IF USING INKJET PRINTED IMAGES: Sealing inkjet printed images with Mod Podge is very important because if it isn't sealed properly the ink in the image will dissolve and be ruined after you put on the protective glaze! Make sure if you are using images printed by an inkjet printer that after you apply the image to the cap that you go over the top of the image with a couple coats of Mod Podge, making sure that you get into all the edges and cover it completely. However, I do hear that if you are using laser printed images you don't have to worry about this.

TIP: When I do inkjet images I take an extra step and put a layer or two Mod Podge on the image (front and back) before I cut it out with the circle punch. I then apply with Mod Podge into the cap and go over the top and edges of the image once it's inserted inside the cap... It's a little extra work but well worth the effort :o)

STEP 3: Apply Diamond Glaze or Resin

Resin or Diamond Glaze both work very well for this. I prefer resin because in the long run I believe it is more durable.

If using 2 part resin: Prepare it according to the directions, then pour a very small amount into the cap making sure to cover the bottom of the cap/image completely.

** When pouring resin usually you will see bubbles~ don't fear.. just take a straw and blow gently over the top of the resin and the bubbles will pop and the resin will become clear!

*** I use Envirotex Lite 2 part resin and have never had any problems. You can use in inside and it's always worked great for me.

If using diamond glaze: Apply diamon glaze inside cap making sure to cover the entire image with thick coat of diamond glaze.

NOW cover your caps with something like a big bowl or plastic container to keep out the dust out from the air and let your caps dry for at least 24 hours for the diamond glaze and 48 for the resin.

 bottle cap pendants with cords
bottle cap pendants with cords

STEP 4: Insert Jumpring

After your caps are all dry... take your jump ring and insert it through the hole on the side of the cap and VIOLA!! You have a beautiful handmade bottle cap pendant ready to be put on a necklace!!

Great Job!

P.S. Are you interested in making a bottle cap pendant with the image mounted on top of cap? Visit my hub How To Make a Bottle Cap Pendant Tutorial #2

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

IM4Keith4sure - I would love to see a hub about your beaded necklaces that you make using the wire and straws.. that sounds easy, cute and inexpensive too.. that's my kind of craft! I hope that you are able to get your camera fixed or a new one.. digital ones are pretty cheap these days. I think you can get a decent one for 60.00 or so on sale. If you have a cell phone with a camera you might could use that too.. just a thought. Thank you for stopping by :)

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IM4Keith4sure 4 years ago from Calgary, aLberta ,Canada.

Jamie I love those botttle caps decorated. Yes I am working on my Vitamin bottle caps. Also, lastnight I had no sleep but, I had some ideas, I will make a hub making beaded necklaces, also using wire, using, straws from when you drink out of. My camera right now is giving me problems as I want to share them on a Hub. But, will If I can get a new camera or fix the one I have. Have a great day with your Hobbies. Thanks! for writing. Have to read more about your hobbies and such.

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

kravery, I try not to put too much in. I try to fill the cap about 1/3 full to 1/2 full. I try not to ever let it get over 1/2... 1/3 is ideal. Hope this helps!

kravery 4 years ago

How much resin do you put in your bottlecaps? Does it just cover the image or do you go higher?

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

kravery, you are welcome! Thank you for dropping by. I actually did not know it was spelled viola.. thank you for bringing that to my attention.

kravery 4 years ago

Thanks for the tutorial. I obought 100 bottle caps so now I can get started.

You do know the word is Voila, not Wallah, I hope. With a V not a W. Sorry, that drives me nuts.

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Natashalh.. They are super easy to make and addictive, too :)

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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Super cute! These seem fun and (fairly) easy. I always love making stuff I can use, too.

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Smithy- I usually use a dremel to drill a small hole but if I had to use a hammer I would position the nail right inside between one of the ridges while having the bottle cap standing up on its side and then hitting the nail to push it through. I honestly haven't tried it but I've heard of others doing it. They also have a special hole punch tool especially for bottle caps now.. I've used it and it works very well and cost about the same as a regular hole punch tool. That is another option that may work for you.

Smithy 4 years ago

I was just wondering how do you hammer the nail to make the hole without bending the bottle cap?

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

bottlecaps- Thanks for stopping :)

bottlecaps 4 years ago

I liked the bottlecaps pendents very much bcz these are really awesome.

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

htodd- You are welcome. I love making these bottle cap pendants.. they are lots of fun. Glad you like them :0)

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htodd 4 years ago from United States

That is really nice..Thanks for that

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you greatlove. I appreciate it!

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greatlove 5 years ago from Beaufort, NC

So cool! I love it! Thanks for sharing...voted up and useful

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Dana: Thank you for reading my tutorial and the nice comment.. I really appreciate it! Take Care..

mikicagle, glad that you will be passing this along.. they are really easy to do and I know the kids will love it!

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mikicagle 5 years ago from Oklahoma

These are really cute and I am going to share this ideas with some of my fifth graders.

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Dana Hinders 5 years ago

Great instructions! I've been making some of these and I learned about sealing ink jet images the hard way.

tajul islam 5 years ago

beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

You're welcome, agusfanani, thank you for coming by. Much appreciation.

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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

That's very beautiful creation !Thank you for sharing.

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Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas Author

hi Song-Bird.. Yes, I love doing these bottle cap pendants.. they are SOOOOO cute and very easy. I bet you'll be hooked! I think I'm going to do a hub on resin and resin crafts so be on the look out. Also, I would love to see pics of your bottle caps when you are finished, maybe?

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Song-Bird 6 years ago from Michigan

I just commented on your domino pendant hub. I just saw that you had a hub on this - this is the exact project I needed resin for!

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Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you!! They really are easy to do and turn out so cute!

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leslie4130 6 years ago from TX

I LOVE this idea~ My daughter and I could do this together, she would LOVE it! Great Hub!

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