How to Make Bottle Top Key Chains

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How to Make Bottle Top Key Chains

If you or someone you know has keys scattered around, recycle old bottle tops to make several of these bottle top key chains and get those keys organised. Decorate with family photos, pictures from old magazines and beads.

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Things you need

  • Bottle top
  • Split key ring
  • Jump ring
  • Small nail
  • Hammer
  • Acrylic adhesive

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  1. 1

    Clean a bottle top with rubbing alcohol. Lay the bottle top face down on your work surface. Cover with a kitchen towel. Gently tap with a rubber mallet or a small hammer. This flattens the bottle top slightly. Do not pound too hard or flatten the bottle top completely.

  2. 2

    Add a picture inside the bottle top. Cut out either a photo or a picture from a magazine or old greeting card to fit inside the bottle top. Brush the adhesive on the inside of the bottle top. Place the photo or picture on top of the adhesive, and press to secure. Brush more adhesive over the photo. Let it dry.

  3. 3

    Make a small hole at the top edge of the bottle top above the top of the photo. Use a small nail and hammer to puncture a hole through the bottle top. Hold the nail against the bottle top and pound gently with the hammer until the point of the nail punctures the bottle top.

  4. 4

    Add a jump ring through the hole. Crimp the edges of the jump ring together with pliers to close. Hook through the split key ring. Add your keys.

Tips and warnings

  • If desired, make a chain from several jump rings. Add these to the first jump ring attached to the bottle top before hooking to the split key ring.
  • Optional-add a 3 inch piece of jewellery wire to the jump ring, add beads onto the wire, attach a jump ring to the end of the wire and attach to a split key ring.

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