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Use a Center Hole Punch to Make Bottle Cap Snowmen

Updated on November 24, 2013

Each year before Christmas I like to spend time with my grandkids making a few ornaments or other craft for Christmas. One year we painted angels made from wood. My granddaughter glued those googly eyes on hers. They were so cute!

Another year we wrapped a styrofoam wreath in green, red, and white felt and added red and white costume jewelry pieces--earrings, necklaces, and pendants--to it. They hang it on their door each holiday season.

Grow the Tradition As the Kids Grow

As they get older, I have to think of new things we can make that are more fun for them than the simple "kiddish" crafts. This year we made snowmen from bottle caps! And with any craft project, the right tools make all the difference.

For bottle cap crafts, a center punch tool, like the one shown here on the right, is an easy and safe tool to use to punch holes in metal, like bottle caps or thin metal. A hammer and nail will do the same thing, but this little guy works really well and there's less chance of hammering your thumb, which is important for anyone, especially kids!

How to Make Snowmen from Bottle Caps

The photos below show the snowmen being assembled. This craft is simple to make, takes just a few craft supplies, and is cheap! Here are the supplies needed to make bottle cap snowmen:

  • bottle caps (three for each snowman)
  • wire
  • center punch
  • flat nose and round nose pliers
  • wire cutter
  • white, black, and orange craft paint and craft paint brush
  • sealer like Mod Podge

Check out the photos for an idea of how to make this simple craft that is fun and great for attaching to gifts as a little something extra!

And be sure to add your own style. We tied rick rack around the snowman's neck to keep him toasty warm! And on one, we used rusty wire to connect the bottle caps and added rusty wire to resemble stick arms. Have fun. Making these snowmen is a blast!

I've selected a few of the craft supplies for you that we used to make the bottle cap snowmen.

Beadalon AWP-20-BTD Artistic Wire 20-Gauge Buy-The-Dozen, Various Colors, 12-Pack
Beadalon AWP-20-BTD Artistic Wire 20-Gauge Buy-The-Dozen, Various Colors, 12-Pack

This assortment of craft wire will let you make all sort of bottle cap crafts like snowmen.

 
Wirezoll Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint Set (2-Ounce), PROMO767B Bright (18-Pack)
Wirezoll Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint Set (2-Ounce), PROMO767B Bright (18-Pack)

An assortment of craft paint will transform ho hum bottle caps into whatever you imagine!

 

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A couple of fun bottle cap snowmen all ready to hang on the tree.Craft supplies needed:  bottle caps, wire, craft paint, paintbrush, Mod Podge, center hole punch, wire cutter, flat nose pliers, round nose pliers.Paint both sides of bottle caps white. We used two coats of paint per side.Punch holes in bottle caps to run the wire through. I like this technique since it's sturdier than gluing the bottle caps to a ribbon.Snowman ready for assembly!Tin can man. I punched holes in the center of the bottle caps and in the can with the center punch tool.You can use a center hole punch tool to punch holes in tin cans to make lanterns or tin can men or whatever you want!Freeze water in the can first then punch a hole. This tool works great pushing against the ice so it does not dent the can.Punch holes in bottle caps to make a rustic wind chime. String illusion cord (clear fishing line works too!) to string them together.Painted tin can with handle and holes punched for the light to shine through.
A couple of fun bottle cap snowmen all ready to hang on the tree.
A couple of fun bottle cap snowmen all ready to hang on the tree.
Craft supplies needed:  bottle caps, wire, craft paint, paintbrush, Mod Podge, center hole punch, wire cutter, flat nose pliers, round nose pliers.
Craft supplies needed: bottle caps, wire, craft paint, paintbrush, Mod Podge, center hole punch, wire cutter, flat nose pliers, round nose pliers.
Paint both sides of bottle caps white. We used two coats of paint per side.
Paint both sides of bottle caps white. We used two coats of paint per side.
Punch holes in bottle caps to run the wire through. I like this technique since it's sturdier than gluing the bottle caps to a ribbon.
Punch holes in bottle caps to run the wire through. I like this technique since it's sturdier than gluing the bottle caps to a ribbon.
Snowman ready for assembly!
Snowman ready for assembly!
Tin can man. I punched holes in the center of the bottle caps and in the can with the center punch tool.
Tin can man. I punched holes in the center of the bottle caps and in the can with the center punch tool.
You can use a center hole punch tool to punch holes in tin cans to make lanterns or tin can men or whatever you want!
You can use a center hole punch tool to punch holes in tin cans to make lanterns or tin can men or whatever you want!
Freeze water in the can first then punch a hole. This tool works great pushing against the ice so it does not dent the can.
Freeze water in the can first then punch a hole. This tool works great pushing against the ice so it does not dent the can.
Punch holes in bottle caps to make a rustic wind chime. String illusion cord (clear fishing line works too!) to string them together.
Punch holes in bottle caps to make a rustic wind chime. String illusion cord (clear fishing line works too!) to string them together.
Painted tin can with handle and holes punched for the light to shine through.
Painted tin can with handle and holes punched for the light to shine through.

Will you make bottle cap snowmen this year?

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    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Such cute ideas for bottle cap crafts! Love the adorable snowmen. I'll have to save this idea for when my little grandson is a bit older. :)

    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I just might! Love the idea. Another great crafting article, Peggy

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great recycling project and fun for all ages.

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Cute idea, I like it a lot!

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