If you or someone you know is a beer lover, you might find yourself with a steady supply of bottle caps. Metal caps have a shape that's useful for more than sealing cervezas; it lends itself naturally to craft projects, too. Rather than throw your caps away, turn those nifty chunks of tin into art. This can be a fun activity for kids--just make sure you don't "prepare" for a family activity by pounding a six-pack.
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Bottle Cap Magnets and Thumbtacks
Martha Stewart Living called this project "a homey take on the traditional locket." Find small photos and other decorations that fit into bottle caps, or cut details from larger pictures. Place your image inside a bottle cap and fill it with clear resin. The resin will dry and become solid, holding your art in place. Glue a small magnet or thumbtack to the back of the bottle cap, and you have a tiny, funky piece of art that also performs a function. Be sure to use a good craft glue or contact cement when attaching the magnet or pin, so it won't break after a few uses.
Bottle Cap Folk Art
Collect brightly-coloured caps and use them to decorate a mirror, picture frame or any flat surface. Paint the surface with a bright colour, then use epoxy or small nails to attach the caps, topside out so their colour shows. Arrange caps in designs by colour, or attach them in random order to create a mix of colours. You may want to lay out the design before attaching your caps so you can see how it will look before the glue makes rearrangement difficult. A crafter at WeHeartThis.com decorated a mirror frame this way, but recommends starting with a smaller piece so you can get the hang of it before tackling a big project.
Bottle Cap Earrings
Some bottle caps have designs that are worth displaying. If you want to make a statement about recycling, jewellery, art or your love of beer, find two caps with good design and no dents or flaws from being de-capped. Drill a small hole at the top of each, and thread a chain link through. Attach a chain of any length with an earwire at the top. You've just made yourself a piece of art with many purposes: conversation starter, artistic statement--and, in a pinch, beer cap.
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