bottle cap art magnets

i recently realized that we recycle so many plastic juice (and otherwise) bottle caps, so i figured i should start saving some to see what art comes from them. the first (of likely more projects to come) are bottle cap magnets.

yep, this has traditionally been done wit metal bottle caps from glass bottles, but we honestly don’t buy anything like this in our house, so i’m using the plastic and large metal ones we’ve got.  first i used some elmer’s household cement to glue little round magnets to the backs of the caps.

i let them dry overnight.

the next day, i used 1.5″ and 1″ hole punches to crop selected pieces out of some of N’s art work to “frame” in the caps.

i mod podged both sides of the art so that it wouldn’t get soaked when it was coated in the next step. from this i learned that next time i’ll “laminate” the art with contact paper or clear packaging tape on both sides.

(who knew that cats like to lick mod podge?!? place up high to dry!)

next i glued the art down to the bottom of a few of the caps. i coated the top of it with this great stuff called dimensional magic, which is like a thick resin or clear casting medium. you can find it on amazon, though i couldn’t find it in my local craft or hardware stores. i found some helpful tips for using dimensional magic on this web site.

after each was coated, N helped me drop some seed beads and sequins onto the wet medium to give the bottle caps some bling.

looking foggy through the wet dimensional magic

we let it dry overnight… and then some, as the thicker ones were still tacky after 12 hours. i learned that the art that she had painted with acrylics and watercolors got smeared by the dimensional magic, despite the mod podge coating, which is why next time i’ll laminate.

unfortunate blurry painted dragon & bunny

the pencil and crayon drawings came out really great.

now we have art holding up the art on our fridge!

 

09.16

2010
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  • http://sippycupcentralmom.blogspot.com sippy cup mom

    Love this idea…thanks for this fun craft. Can’t wait to drink all the juice and try making this. karen
    Sippy Cup Central Mom

  • http://modpodgerocks.blogspot.com Mod Podge Amy

    These are so cute!!

  • http://www.eensies.com rebecca

    love this and LOVING your blog, just found it via momfilter.
    here’s what we do with bottle caps at our house:
    http://www.eensies.com/2009/09/liddle-collection-weensie-alert.html

  • Annette Standrod

    I have been saving plastic bottle tops for an unknown future craft project. I was leaning towards something sculptural but frig magnets might work for me too.thanks for sharing.

  • http://mermaidscreations.wordpress.com/ mermaid

    Lovely magnets! We have made bottle cap magnets as well, but we put magnets inside the cap along with some clay. Should try your way as well :)

  • http://www.creativehearth.com Suzanne Seligson (creative hearted)

    I keep on returning to your site for more and more ideas. You have certainly inspired me this past week!

  • http://www.islandnet.com/~kwallace Karen Wallace

    Hello. I am an Art Therapist and I work with children and adults. I just found your wonderful blog. As many easy to use ideas!!! Wonderful blog. I would love to share ideas. Warmly, Karen

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  • http://paintcutpaste.com/ jen | paintcutpaste.com

    thank you so much, karen!

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