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How to Use Bottle Caps for Decorations-Bottle Cap Painting and Bottle Cap Turtles.

Updated on October 15, 2013

People may wonder, what so special about bottle caps so that we can use them as house decorations, since most of them are considered trash.

I once had the same question but when my daughter showed me some of her creations, I have to admit that she has found the answer how we can elevate the "status" of bottle caps and lids from thrash to become valuable materials for home decorations which she shares through this hub.

A Bottle Cap Painting.

We can make a painting using bottle caps and let's call it a cap painting. To create a cap painting you need to prepare :

35 small metal and plastic caps.

Wrapping paper with attractive patterns.

PVC glue.

Styrofoam with 1 cm in thickness.

Brown paper

Natural or artificial tree branch.

Stuff it with styrofoam.
Stuff it with styrofoam.

Cap painting procedure :

Prepare the caps :

Some of the caps need to be bent a little bit to make them oval shape like leaves.

Wrap every single cap with artistic wrapping paper, use diluted PVC glue to be smeared on the cap being wrapped. We need around 30 caps to be wrapped this way.

Stuff the back of every cap with styrofoam, this will enable you to stick it on the canvas.

Also give a petiole on every leave to let you stick it to the branch.


The "Canvas" :

The "canvas" of the painting can be made from thick carton or styrofoam board. If you make the canvas from carton choose carton which is around 0.3 inch in thickness and the size around 30 cm x 50 cm.

The same conditions in thickness and size are applied if we make the canvas from styrofoam board. Cover the surface with blue color paper and also give it a frame all along its 4 edges.

Bottle Cap Turtle.

A bottle cap has a round shape that is similar to a turtle's body. So, from a bottle cap we can make a mini turtle which will be standing there in home.

Follow the steps below to make a bottle cap into a turtle. .

Look at some cuts on the bottle edges: two near the head and another two near the tail.
Look at some cuts on the bottle edges: two near the head and another two near the tail.

Tools and Materials.

  • A plastic bottle cap of any size
  • A cutter
  • White glue
  • White paper
  • Styrofoam
  • 4 used small electricity cables of 3cm long each (for the turtle legs).

Step 1:

Prepare the cap. Clean the cap and (children should get assistance from adults in doing this part) using the cutter make some cuttings on one side for head and another small one at opposite side for the turtle's tail.

Also make 4 clefts on 4 locations on the bottle edges where we will put the turtle's legs:

2 clefts flank the head, and another 2 near the tail.

Step 2 :

Give the outside part a layer of thin white paper to hide the brands which are normally read on bottle caps and to create more contrast when we color it.

After being stuffed.
After being stuffed. | Source
Place the legs in those 4 clefts.
Place the legs in those 4 clefts.

Step 3:

Stuff the cap with styrofoam then place the four legs in each cleft. Wrap one tip of each cable with some double tape to make it sticky so that it can stay firmer in its position in the styrofoam.

Step 4:

For aesthetic reason too, give the bottom a cover made of carton which is cut in circle form following the turtle's bottom shape. Glue it with double tape so that it can be put on covering the bottom.

Bend the turtle's legs down in order to function them as body supports.

Step 5:

Now you can color and give ornaments on its carapace. It's all yours to give the turtle's carapace colors and ornaments.

Here are some results.
Here are some results. | Source
Mother turtle and her daughter.
Mother turtle and her daughter. | Source


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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @Stephanie :

      Thank you for dropping by and your nice comments.


      Thank you for your visit and I hope it's useful in encouraging kids to be more creative after checking out this hub.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      @Precy anza:

      I'm sorry for my late response. You're right, recycling and upcycling ideally give economic value and hopefully this creations do. Thank you very much for reading this hub and shared it too.

      @Kathryn Stratford:

      We are so glad to have your complimentary comments. Thank you for giving time reading and writing some nice comments and I hope you'll find useful ideas in my other hubs too.

      Have wonderful weekends Kathryn.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      What a creative way to recycle. This would make a cute craft project for older kids.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      So cute and creative!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What adorable ideas for ways to use bottle caps!

      Your daughter is creative! Let her know I appreciated these.

      I actually started saving bottle caps a while ago, and was planning on finding ways to use them soon. I see you have another hub with ideas, too. In the future I will check it out. I love the idea of reducing waste by recycling and upcycling things!

      Voted up and shared.

      Thank you for sharing this with us, and have a great night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      This is such a great and fun idea, for school project, kids activity and decoration. This could even be a start for another source of income maybe :) Up and awesome, shared it too!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia


      Thank you for your appreciation and pleasing comment to this hub.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible ideas for bottle caps and so creative too.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you sallybea, I'm glad that you like this hub.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      A nice fun project for children with the assistance of an adult - nice one!!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi peachpurple: I'm happy that you find this hub useful. Yes, lets collect bottle caps to make various creations from them and by doing that we also help protect our environment. Also thank you for voting up this hub.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i shouldn't have thrown away those bottle caps... Gonna keep some of them and make those cute turtles for my kids. Thanks for the wonderful craft idea. I am sure my kids gonna love them. Voted up

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for reading, livingsta. Yes, you're right, I hope children can be more creative by doing this positive activity.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, this is very interesting. A good idea for craft for kids. Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea!