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Gifts Using Bottle Caps, Lids and Other Upcycled Material

Updated on April 30, 2014
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Bernadyn is a writer who contributes her work to various websites and magazines and is the Owner/Director for the website, B is 4.

Make Upcycled Gifts for Mother's Day

Make this charming wall décor using recycled material from home.
Make this charming wall décor using recycled material from home. | Source

Inspiration for Upcycling Jar Lids and Bottle Caps

I love pictures - taking them, looking at them and displaying them. Therefore, I am always trying to find different ways to display pictures around the house. I like using glass jars because I have so many glass jars; hence, I have plenty of jar lids, too. Why not make that into a picture frame? Aside from using these in just my own home, I have also decided to give them as gifts. Maybe you will want to do the same!


Gifts from the Heart

As Mother's Day and other holidays approach, I am thinking about heart-felt gift ideas that are memorable and meaningful. Most importantly, I want to create gifts that my children can dip their hands into, as well. I think making gifts for others, like family members and close friends should be something fun and special. If the kids can get involved, even better! Also, if it somehow gives you a reason to reuse material you already have at home and turn it into a treasure, then why not give it a try?



Upcycle Jar Lids and Bottle Caps

If you are like me and collect bottle caps and lids, use them for creative gift projects.
If you are like me and collect bottle caps and lids, use them for creative gift projects. | Source

What You Need to Make a Hanging Photo Wall Décor Gift

You will need:

  • Cereal box
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon to match paper
  • Jar lids and bottle caps
  • Photos
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun

Make Upcycled Gifts Using Cereal Boxes

Save those cereal boxes for upcycled crafts and gifts.
Save those cereal boxes for upcycled crafts and gifts. | Source

How to Make Hanging Photo Wall Décor Gift

  1. Cut off the sides of the cereal box. You will need the front and back of the cereal box for this project.
  2. Use the glue stick to glue the paper on the cereal box. It would be best to cover the cereal box side that has the picture on it so the back is just the plain side.
  3. Punch holes into the corners of the boxes, leaving some space to not tear the box when you insert the ribbon. The top box should have four holes total, two on the top and two holes on the bottom.
  4. Measure how long you want the ribbon to be at the top when the photo wall décor is hanging. Cut the ribbon and tie it into the holes, knotting it in the back so as not to be seen.
  5. Connect a smaller amount of ribbon in between both boxes, again, tying it in the back to not show. Make sure all the knots are secure before moving on to the next step.
  6. Next, trace the lid around the photos and any paper you want to use. I traced around black construction paper so I can use a white chalk to write out letters.
  7. Cut out the circles and fit them into the lids and bottle caps. You do not necessarily need to glue the photos in if they stay put once you slide them into the lid.
  8. Write out any letters inside the lids if you want to spell out something or place stickers or other embellishments inside.
  9. Finally, use the hot glue gun to glue the bottle caps and lids onto the boxes. You can choose to place photos in all the lids and caps or write out something with the lids, like my Mother's Day gift that reads, "Happy Mom's Day."

Picture Frames Using Lids and Bottle Caps

Pictures of the kids are always an acceptable gift to give parents and grandparents!
Pictures of the kids are always an acceptable gift to give parents and grandparents! | Source

Upcycled Gifts

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All You Need is Some Imagination

I like to save items after the original purpose from them has gone. You never know what you might be able to use them for later. I began thinking this way much more after having little ones. Every kid I have encountered so far enjoys doing arts and crafts. It is practical to let them make things out of reused material. They have a wild imagination and I am happy to expand my own while looking for ways to grow with my kids, teach them and share experiences with them.


Hand Made Mother's Day Gift

My little girl enjoyed creating this Mother's Day gift with me.  I used black construction paper and white chalk to give it that chalkboard effect for the middle row that reads, "Mom's."  I used white letter stickers for the other words.
My little girl enjoyed creating this Mother's Day gift with me. I used black construction paper and white chalk to give it that chalkboard effect for the middle row that reads, "Mom's." I used white letter stickers for the other words. | Source

Make Photo Magnet Gifts Reusing Jar Lids and Bottle Caps

Another quick and easy gift to create upcycling bottle caps and lids are photo magnets.

What you need:

  • Lids and/or bottle caps
  • Pictures
  • Magnets or magnetic paint
  • Hot glue
  • Colored paint, optional, to cover entire lid or paint a design

Easy Photo Magnet Gifts

Bottle caps and lids make nice photo holders and magnets for the refrigerator.  You can paint magnetic paint or hot glue a magnet behind the lids.
Bottle caps and lids make nice photo holders and magnets for the refrigerator. You can paint magnetic paint or hot glue a magnet behind the lids. | Source

Save the Date Magnet

You can also use these photo frame magnets for "Save the dates" for a wedding. Place a photo of the soon-to-be-married couple inside with the date or just write the date inside. Guests can place the magnet on their fridge as a reminder of the big day.

How to Make Photo Frame Magnets

  1. Trace the lid around the photo you plan to use.
  2. Paint or decorate lid if you like - the most you could design would be the sides of the lid.
  3. Paint the magnetic paint on the back of lid or glue a magnet on the back.
  4. Insert picture in front.


Tutorial for Upcycled Photo Frames

Items You Can Save to Upcycle for Gifts and Other Treasures

There are plenty of things you can reuse to create something totally new and fresh. You just have to use your imagination. Here are some ideas of things to upcycle:

  • Jar lids
  • Bottle Caps
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass and plastic jars
  • Plastic fruit cups and yogurt cups
  • Cereal boxes, shoe boxes, tissue boxes and other small boxes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Shells
  • Corks
  • Toilet paper and paper towel tubes

Upcycle Old Art Canvases and Fabric

Another gift idea I made was reusing an old art canvas I had and some fabric left over when I reupholstered some chairs. I hung this wall décor in the same room with the chairs so they would match. This would be perfect for a gift, as well, including Mother's Day, Grandparent's Day or Valentine's Day.


Heart Wall Décor for Any Occasion

You can personalize the message or write the initials or the name of the recipient of this gift.
You can personalize the message or write the initials or the name of the recipient of this gift. | Source

How to Make Hanging Heart Wall Décor

What you need:

  • Art canvas or uncut cereal box
  • Ribbon
  • Old fabric
  • Iron-on letters, optional
  • Lace
  • Cut out paper or fabric heart (I had red thin fabric that I was able to use for this)
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Measure fabric around canvas or cereal box and leave enough to staple onto the back. Fold tightly and staple excess fabric on the back of the canvas. If using cereal box, you can hot glue the excess on the back side of cereal box. Just remember to have enough of the fabric folded back there so it looks nice and tight, covering the entire front and sides of box.
  2. Next, trace out a heart using another colored fabric.
  3. Iron-on letters of message or monogram initials or name onto heart, if you like. Follow instructions that are included with your iron-on letters.
  4. Cut enough lace to surround heart and hot glue to heart.
  5. Attach a ribbon with hot glue on the back of the canvas or box.

You can also use photo frame lids for this project, too.

A Gift Made from Love

Hand made gifts add character and uniqueness.
Hand made gifts add character and uniqueness. | Source

Gifts for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Graduation

Another idea is to use plastic lids from peanut butter jars or other larger food jars. You can paint and decorate it to match your kitchen, dining room or table setting. You may also want to insert a photo inside as long as it is laminated to protect the photo. These coasters would be a nice gift idea for graduates moving into their own place.

The ideas are endless when it comes to finding creative ways to upcycle materials into gifts. With Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduation approaching, these gifts can come in useful.

Happy creating and upcycling!

©BNadyn 2014


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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Oh that is so sad and that's why you never know how many animals' lives you can save when you recycle and reuse. There's so many nice and useful things you can make by collecting simple things.

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    Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

    I love this hub. I'm currently collecting bottle caps and wondering what to do with them. This is most helpful. The Jar lids are also a great idea. I saw a documentary that uncovered the contents of a whale or dolphin (can't remember which) that died, and its tummy was full of plastic bottle covers and the like. It was so sad. This is a wonderful hub because it helps us to keep our stuff and make it beautiful and perhaps, save the life of at least one other creature of the sea.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Rebecca, thank you for checking it out and for pinning! Glad you liked this. :)

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    These are great looking crafts using jar lids. Love the Mother's Day one. It has a nice rustic look. Pinned to crafty projects! Thanks!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Sparkleyfinger, thank you and yes, it was fun for the kids to help out and to know they were making a special gift. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Deborah, thanks for coming by and appreciate the comment. I'm happy you enjoyed this. Many times, there really are much to create with seemingly nothing. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Kalai, yes, this is a great idea for kids who can easily make a meaningful gift without worrying about not having much money to spend. Thanks for reading and appreciate the nice comment. :)

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    Lizolivia 3 years ago from Central USA

    I like the idea of giving jar lids a practical use and ways to display them in the kitchen. Good hub and well illustrated.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Linda, I appreciate that! I think everyone can use magnets so it's a useful gift.

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    Lynsey Harte 3 years ago from Glasgow

    Great ideas using some interesting materials! Voted up and useful- definitely something fun for the kids!

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    Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

    What a fun and useful hub. I love the magnets. Great timing for personal Mother's Day gifts. I am sharing this all over.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Jen, thank you, I'm glad you like them. :)

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    Deborah Sexton 3 years ago

    A well written hub with easy to follow and detailed instructions.

    This is a very cute project. Amazing what you can make out of seemingly nothing.

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    Kalai 3 years ago from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

    What a lovely way to give something that does not cost much. Most kids would love to give something special to their mothers but lack the money. This is something that that can do easily.

    A very good article that is worth saving.

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    Jen Wiss 3 years ago from Nottinghamshire

    Lovely ideas. I really like the pictures in the jar lids. They have a vintage/shabby chic look.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you so much, Nikki. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, WiccanSage, I love finding ways to re-create something. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Bill. :)

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    Nikki 3 years ago from SC

    These are wonderful ideas!(: Well done,

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

    Awesome ideas, I love crafts that reuse and repurpose items. Great job, voted up.

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love that you are into re-using so much. As time goes on, articles like this one will be more and more in demand. Well done my young friend.