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How To Make Lovely Bottle Caps Crafts Magnets

Updated on May 2, 2012

Let's All Learn How To Turn Your Trash Into Crafts! Today's Project: Bottle Caps Crafts!

In this lens I will teach you how to make fun bottle caps crafts! That's right! Your garbage can be your next profit or jewelry or magnet or key chain..... you name it! Think twice before dumping anything else out in that garbage pail because seriously more and more people today are finding things to do with their trash! And it isn't a bad idea! You will find out why in this lens with this simple and fun tutorial on how to make a bottle cap fridge magnet that is sure to have all your friends loving it! Oh and of course you too!

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Enjoy My Bottle Caps Crafts MagnetsTutorial!

Step 1 - First you will need to get some bottle caps for your bottle caps crafts

You can recycle them from soda or beer you have finished drinking. Even find some on the streets while you go for your walks, or you can of course buy them online if you prefer. But then that wouldn't be really turning trash into crafts would be? Uhmm.......

Why not just try finding these around? You can make it fun even! Say next time you go for a walk you will be on a quest to have to find at least one of these bottle caps before returning home.

If you have kids you can make it a game with them and challenge them to find as many bottle caps as they can! The winner wins......(~~~Drum Rolls~~~) A PRIZE!! Yaaay!!!! Do I hear children cheering in the background?? ;)) Let's all scream: Bottle Caps Crafts!! :))

Step 2 - a - Decide on an image to use

Find an image that you like. You can find them in magazines, old calendars, catalogs, old books, postcards, old calendar, junk mail, old calendars, stickers, you can purchase ready to download and print bottle cap images that some people sell on Etsy, Amazon or even on here, or you can simply use real pictures for this project.

Pictures of your kids or yourself, husband, boyfriend, friends or even your pets! Just let your imagination go wild on this one. Once you find the image you would like to use you will have to cut it to the size of the inside of the bottle cap.

A little tool I like to use for this is a 1 inch circle hole puncher I purchased from Michaels Arts & Crafts Store a couple of years ago. It cuts perfect sizes that fit right inside these bottle caps! And it cuts a perfect circle too. Very easy! (See picture above)

Are we having fun yet creating this bottle caps crafts? Well, keep reading :)

Step 2 - b - Other ways to pimp up your bottle caps crafts magnet

As you can see on this picture there are many things and ways to make your bottle caps crafts magnet as special as it can be. You can use an image and then embellish it using beads shown above or sprinkling some very fine sparkles(sprinkles).

Make sure you buy the finest one you can find, because you want to make sure it is very thin as to not obstruct your image. It can give your bottle caps crafts magnet a nice all sparkly finish!

Remember the key here is to use your imagination and let it soar. Be creative! You can paint the bottom of the bottle cap inside with any color nail polish you choose to give it the finish inside the bottle cap if you decide to use the beads, since they don't cover the whole inside of the cap, the nail polish finish will make it look nice.

Then you just use a crafts glue such as the E6000 or the one I like using now is one called Amazing GOOP. You can find it at any arts & crafts store and it works very very well!

I like to use a toothpick since this Amazing GOOP glue is a bit thick you can put some on the tooth pick and apply directly to the back of the bead you choose to use and gently place it where you want it to sit inside the bottle cap and gently but firmly at the same time, press it down and hold it for a few minutes for the bead to stick.

You will have to wait for at least a half an hour to an hour for glue to completely be dried before you can go on to working on the next step.

Step 3 - It's Magnet Time!

Now you will need to set up the magnet. I bought at the time from Ebay a big box of those self adhesive magnets, I find them very easy to use because you don't need to glue them since they are adhesive ones.

What I do as shown on picture above is I use the same 1 inch hole puncher that we used to punch out our images for the magnet. It creates a perfect circle this way!(the picture shown above was not done using the hole puncher and that is why the circle isn't a perfect nice round one and you can see it doesn't look as professional as it would have if I had use the puncher instead)

Once you punch out the magnet you can go ahead and stick it to the back of the bottle cap as seen on the picture above. Now you are ready to start working on the rest. Go to the next step now.

PS: I have made magnets in the past that became a bit too heavy due to many things I put inside like buttons, lots of beads at once etc... in this case you will need to use those Neodymium Magnets, and apply them with the Amazing GOOP glue to the back of the bottle cap. Because the other kind of magnet won't be strong enough to hold your magnet on a fridge or locker....

Do I hear the kiddos in the background saying: "Let's make some bottle caps crafts!" ;))

Step 4 - It's time to glaze your bottle caps crafts magnet! :)

Oh and by the way, that is the glue I was talking about in the previous step. The Amazing GOOP? And yeah I always buy the Household one. It is strong enough for your crafts. They have different kinds of ones, but that is what I recommend you using.

Ok! So are we ready for this next step? The glazing step? Ok let's do it! So as you can see I have two kinds of glaze showing in this picture. The one I absolutely love to use.... take a guess.... the one in the small bottle or the big bottle??

BUZZZZZZ! You're wrong if you picked either one, because this was a trick question! I actually use both, becaaaaause.... because the small one contains the same as the big one I just use that little bottle to keep refilling it because it's easier to work with that squeeze bottle instead of that big bottle! :)

But I always do choose Diamond Glaze by Judi Kins because it is simply the best! It dries shiny and glossy all the time. The one I used previous to this which is the one that came in that little squeeze bottle was horrible! Absolutely horrible to use. It dried opaque instead of shiny and glossy. Ruined all my art work!

Ok, enough with the talking and let's get busy again on our bottle caps crafts magnets project! So.... now you will take your bottle cap and hopefully you allowed enough time for both nail polish(if you decided to go with the nail polish choice) and glue to dry completely and start applying the glaze. Please do not and I repeat DO NOT ever shake the diamond glaze bottle right before using it.

A little tip I give you is that every time after I refilled my little squeeze bottle I always let it sit for AT LEAST a half an hour before I CAREFULLY pick it up to start working.

Why??? You ask. Because you do not want air to create inside and have tons of tiny little bubbles come out on your project. These bubbles are the most annoying thing and I like to call them "The Unpoppable Bubbles", because they are really really hard to get rid of and pop! So be very careful and pay extra attention to this part of the step.

So take your squeeze bottle being very careful not to shake it and squeezing it slowly so a little comes out at a time, and go ahead and fill up the inside of the cap almost all the way to the top with the Diamond Glaze.

After they are filled up I like to place them on a cutting board or cooking sheet and let the cure. I usually place them inside my oven (do not turn the oven on!), but I like to keep them inside the oven until they are all dried (which takes approximately 24 to 48 hours depending on how much you use and what you decide to put inside your bottle cap).

The reason I like putting them inside the oven is so to avoid any debris to fall in them or dust from the air in the process of drying. So keep them safely in the oven for the next day or two.

PS: Do not panic! Once you put the glaze it will look opaque and you won't be able to see the bottom of the cap anymore. That is normal! Once it dries it will be glossy, shiny and it will look like glass. It will not dry white or opaque.

I promise you! As long as you are using the Diamond Glaze by Judi Kins I can make you that promise. If any other glaze is used I can not make any guarantees.

Step 5 - Finishing off & packing your bottle caps crafts magnets

Ok, so you are pretty much done on Step 4. But Step 5 just shows you how I like to pack these cute bottle caps crafts magnets into these cute organza pouches.

It looks really neat especially if you are making these to give as a gift or if you are making them for a profit.

Good luck making these bottle caps crafts magnets and feel free to drop me a line or two or an email: mfargasch@gmail.com if you have any additional questions on how to make these.

Have a great day everyone! And Happy Crafting! :)

Step 6 - What? There is no Step 6! You're done! VOILA!!! :)

Now just take a look at some extra pictures I will be including on the next few modules. Since I do not know nor have figured it out yet how some of you have a slide with pictures.

I have to keep using the modules "Text with BIG picture" :) It's ok... I am still new and learning... one day at a time. =))

I scream, you scream, we all scream for some bottle caps crafts fun!! :))

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Take A Look At These - Notice the background and the beads

These are the ones I used a large bead inside and colored the inside of the bottle cap using a black color nail polish. You can use any color your heart desires.

It doesn't even have to be nail polish, you can simply punch out a nice solid or patterned piece of cardstock or paper and glue it to the inside of the bottle cap.

As long as you have a background for your bottle caps crafts magnet it will look very nice!

Some Of My Collection - I hope this tutorial was helpful and you found it simple enough to make these bottle caps crafts magnets on your own.

Now go have some fun! And don't throw out your trash! ;))

How did you like learning this bottle caps crafts project with me?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      omg! my husband loved this idea! we are totally doing this

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      amandascloset0 4 years ago

      Nice lens! good tips thanks for posting!~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      they are too good ,i wll definitely buy them later on

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      they are too good ,i wll definitely buy them later on

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. It has been something I have been interested in for a long time.

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      MarianaFargasch 5 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks Danielle, I don't know... I wasn't the one to put the price... when I wrote this lens I simply input the link from amazon here... Amazon's prices changes and I guess it didn't change with my link.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      the prices for amazon.com that you have up are wrong for the bottlecaps...I was just on the site and the silver ones are $7.39 and the gold ones are $6.84...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can't wait to try them!!

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      priscillab 5 years ago

      Thumbs up for sure! Fun craft with all kinds of possibilities.

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      MarianaFargasch 5 years ago

      @agoofyidea: Thank you!! :))

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Very cute. Would make a great project for a group of kids. Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can you find the diamond glaze? I couldn't find it at Michaels so I tried the paper glaze and like yours - it didn't work. :( Also - how did you get the picture to stay down when you put the glaze in? Mine kept floating up.

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Great lens! Can't wait to try this.

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Great lens! Can't wait to try this.

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      klaird 5 years ago

      Cute and easy craft idea. Thanks for sharing. I've featured this lens on my "50 Crafts for Adults" lens, although it would be a great craft for kids too! Great job.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm going to make them as wedding favors for my upcoming wedding :) we have a vintage retro theme and they will fit right in. Going to put our names, wedding dates, etc. thanks for your help!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks, I'll ask the seller directly.

      I am going to use them as a classroom project for my 3rd grader for a Mother's or Father's day gift. What kind of parent wouldn't like a magnet with their child's photo in it on the fridge? :)

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      MarianaFargasch 5 years ago

      I'm not 100% sure abuot the ones from Amazon, they say they are silver. Think you would have to contact the seller directly.. I used the 7up ones that you see in some of the pictures. they are all unused caps. I bought it a while ago in bulk. Thanks for liking this tutorial! It's really fun and easy to make! You can even make them and sell for a profit on Etsy or Artfire websites :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      GREAT tutorial!

      Which bottle caps (gold or silver) show silver edges when looking at the inside where the picture goes? The Amazon links have customer feedback saying that the gold caps are actually silver inside and the silver caps are actually gold inside...two-toned. I can't tell from the photos on Amazon which is really which. I am looking for the silver insides. Thanks!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Interesting

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      What a fun craft -will have to try this some time.

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      Colorfulscene 6 years ago

      Like it!! I see these all over eBay for sale. Would be a neat way to get kids to earn extra money for whatever they want!

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      nessymoore 6 years ago

      My kids are always collecting our bottle tops...they are going to be very pleased with this new idea.

      Thanks heaps. x

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a sweet idea!

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      Very nice..informative and fun...Thanks for posting.

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      ConsumerPicker 6 years ago

      very nice and so crafty! that is neat

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Hey Mariana, what would be the best glue for sticking plastic back together, any ideas?

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      you get my thumbs up :-)

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      You are so creative! I've visited a couple of your lenses and you have some great stuff!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      great fun!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      These look so much fun for kids :)

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      @RetroMom: thanks RetroMom :)

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      What a great idea and so easy to do with kids, they would love this! Great job.

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      @TonyPayne: wow so sweet of you!!! :)) For blessing this lens! They are easy to make, glad you enjoyed it :))

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These look very easy to make, and I love the pictures. You did a great job on this lens, Blessed by an angel.

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      @BestRatedStuff: Yaaaay! Enjoy :)

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      Really nice stuff, super easy too. I think I am going to print this page and let my kids loose with it as an idea base.

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      These are really great - may have to try them sometime :)

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Your bottle cap crafts are very cute!

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      Wow! These are really cool. This is something me and my niece could do.

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      You get a thimbs up from me! Great step by step lens on using bottles tops as magnets!

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      @khael: khael if you're using markers I would wait to make sure the ink is completely dried before applying the glaze to it. Sometimes it can make the color bleed into the image or other colors. Depends a lot on the kind of paper you use also. The heavier the card stock the better if you are unsure the marker will cause bleeding when the glaze is applied. you are very welcome! Thanks for squidliking this lens and your sweet comment :)

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      khael 6 years ago

      Thanks!There is a lot of information here I can use on other projects. Does the Diamond Glaze affect color markers or plastic? Two thumbs up for a great tutorial.

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      @GabrielaFargasch: you are a real angel gabbie and I love you!

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: thanks sylverstermouse, you're a real angel :)

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Very neat idea. Definitely a thumbs up!

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Way to go Mariana! Great how to lens! If I were a Squid Angel (cause I am a real angel) I would bless you too!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Really a very neat idea! Since I love refrigerator magnets and cokes in glass bottles, this really is the perfect project for me! Angel Blessed and featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts.