Bottle Caps are something you see on a daily basis. They are everywhere since our kitchen is filled with them. There are lids on our glass jars, and there are bottle caps on plastic and glass bottles. But once you use up whats in the jar or bottle, what are you supposed to do with the bottle caps? Well, you can recycle them or you can upcycle them (use them to make something new and useful). I would have to say that bottle caps and lids are probably the best free craft materials in our house. I mean, we can use them for photo frames, for wheels on a car or truck, or how about for coasters or hot plates. I mean the list is endless...but don't trust me, find out for yourself, there are crafts listed below. The ideas are endless.
WARNING: YOUNG CHILDREN MIGHT TRY TO SWALLOW BOTTLE CAPS...ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUNGER CHILDREN IF USING SMALL BOTTLE CAPS
This is a great craft to make a miniature picture frame. Jar Lids are bigger than bottle caps, so you might want to use a jar lid. Then Trace the jar lid on a picture and then cut it out. Add glue to the inside of the lid and then press down the picture into the glue and the lid. Then Cut out a cardboard triangle and fold the top corner of it and then glue it to the back of the lid. This makes a beautiful frame. You can always paint over parts of the cap that are unattractive.
This is a pretty easy picture frame to make. Ask your parents to save a cottage cheese lid for you. Wash it off and let it dry completely. Paint the outside rim of the lid...placing a bit of glue in the paint to hep it stick to the plsatic. Let dry completely. Then Trace the lid on top of a photo. Cut just inside that line and once picture is cut out, then glue it to the top of the cottage cheese lid. Poke 2 holes in the top of the photo and lid. Insert ribbon through holes, tie in bow and hang on wall.
Find a Plastic container lid...such as one from a cottage cheese container or an icing container. Put glue all throughout the inside of the lid. Then start looping the twine around the outside edge, slowly looping the twine around iteself until it is in the center. You can then glue a pice of twine along the outside of the lid to hide the lid completely. These are great gifts for someone you love who needs coasters for their cold drinks.
You will need 1 cottage cheese lid or coffee can lid, plaster of Paris or patching plaster, enough colored fish rock or fish gravel or small colored marbles of equal size to completely cover the bottom of the lid, water, and newspaper. Set the lid on a covering of newspaper. Fill the lid about half full with plaster of Paris mixed to a thick creamy consistency. Before it really begins to "set," scatter the gravel or rock evenly over the plaster or set the marbles close together in the plaster. Make sure the rock or gravel is even on top and does not extend above the edge of the lid. Set aside to dry.
To make bottle cap belts, you will need a nail, hammer, 16 to 20 bottle caps, 10- or 12-ft. heavy white cord, and adhesive tap. Punch 4 holes in the tops of bottle caps. Remove cork. Cut cord in half. Tightly bind all ends of cord with tape to make stringing of caps easier. String caps on cord, using both pieces, in cross-stitch fashion (in other words, string the cord in an 'x' shape on the caps). Cross or letter 'x' is formed on inside of cap. Leave about 1" between caps (measuring on top of cap). Adjust belt to fit waist. Leave equal lengths of cord at each end for tying.
Glue deep bottle caps from catsup and similar bottles around the edge of a large aluminum pie plate. Each cap will hold a different color of paint. Place a water tin in the center.
How to Make Cardboard Tabletop Billiards Pool Table with Checkers or Bottle Caps - So what if you can’t afford a big expensive pool table to play billiards with. Today we will show you how to make a tabletop billiards game that you can make with a recycled cardboard box and some checkers (or bottle caps). If you can flick with your finger, than you will be able to play this game.
Tin Lids Noisemakers for Celebrations - Make these handmade noisemakers that beat on 2 tin lids to make lots of noise on New Years Eve or on other celebratory events.
Glove Easter Bunny with Bottle Cap Easter Basket - This is an easy bunny craft that turns out looing amazing. The bunny is made from a glove, some pins, a bottle cap, yarn, stuffing, and a few other items.
Making an Alphabet Letters Memory Game from Bottle Caps with Printables and Instructions- Today I will show you how to make a really cool Memory game that is great for any age child, but especially good for preschoolers and Kindergarteners who are still working on Alphabet Letters recognition. If you don’t have enough caps, you could also use coins, checkers, cardboard, or whatever else you have lying around the house.
Bottle Caps Vacation Memory Key Chains - This is a great idea for making keychains that showcase the places you went on vacation.
Rubber Band Motorized Dump Truck Toy - Make a dump truck that really goes...with a plastic container, some caps, and rubber bands.
Rhythm Paddles - Find out how to make these from ping pong paddles, bottle caps, and nails.
How to Make Real Wooden Tambourines - Use wood, nails, and metal bottle caps to make these tambourines. This is a woodworking project to do with an adult.
Christmas Ornaments Made from Recycled Jar Lids and Cards - Use recycled Xmas greeting cards and jar lids to make Christmas ornaments.
Make Wind Bell Chimes - These wind chimes have a base of a coffe can lid. The items hanging from it make the sounds, such as bells, keys, and nails.
Jar Lid Bugs - Make these adorable little bugs with jar lids and pipe cleaners.
Milk Carton Cars with Cap Wheels - Use Milk jug caps as the wheels on these nifty balloon powered cars.
Toy Wagon - The wheels on this wagon are made from milk jug caps, but other types of caps can be used. Use this wagon for toy figures.