Craft ideas using plastic bottle caps

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Craft ideas using plastic bottle caps
Plastic bottle caps can be repurposed for craft projects. (BOTTLE CAPS image by SKYDIVECOP from Fotolia.com)

Plastic caps from bottles often aren't recyclable and are easy to toss out with the trash. Hang onto them for reuse in a more creative manner. Craft projects can put these bits of plastic to use and reduce the local landfill's acreage at the same time. Decorated or plain, plastic bottle caps can be put to use more than once.

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Ladybirds

On the top of a red bottle cap, draw a small black half-oval shape at the edge of the cap using a permanent marker. Use white glue to attach plastic eyes, which can be bought at craft stores, in the black half-oval. Add the ladybug’s dots on the remainder of the cap using the marker.

Magnets

Place a cap upside down and place a small round magnet inside the cap. On top of the magnet, stand up a cork. Using a pen or pencil, mark the cork where it is flush with the cap’s sides. Using a small saw, cut the cork at the mark. Remove the magnet from the cap. Using a strong craft glue, attach the cork to the inside of the cap, then glue the magnet to the other end of the cork. Using white glue, attach small plastic eyes, which can be bought at craft stores, to the front of the cap, and add a smiley face with a permanent marker or paint pen. You can also draw on hair and eyebrows.

Curtain

Cut 10 pieces of yarn the length of a window you plan to decorate. Tie a small bead to the bottom of each string. Use a craft knife to bore a hole in the top of several dozen plastic bottle caps in varying colours. Thread the bottle caps onto the pieces of string, tying a knot about every two inches to space the caps. Then tie each string to another string measured to span the width of your window, leaving spaces of about two inches between each hanging string. Tie each end of the top string to a thumb tack to hang.

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