09 August 2010

A Week of Bottle Caps

Did you have a lovely weekend ladies?
I must say I did. Beautiful, sunny weather
seems to equal a beautiful weekend!

Nothing major really.
A good book, a slice of pie & a root beer
are just the right ingredients.

Root beer has been a treat for me this summer,
leaving me with lots & lots of bottle caps.

I keep the caps in a little zipper bag &
brainstormed how I could turn these
from blah to TADA!

It's funny how the universe whispers
the answers.

A few Fridays ago, I visited the American Folk Art Museum
located in New York City.

What an eye opener -- the works on display
had so much love infused in them from
paintings, to tapestry and even sculpture!

It's a museum for the crafter.

Take a look at this piece:

It's called "Bottle Cap Snake" by Ron Rodriguez.

The plaque beside it says that the artist "combines the
woodcarving skills of his family lineage with a common
practice in folk art: recycling. Transforming material
from its original use to a new one distinguishes many
vernacular objects valued as folk art."

Gasp! I love to recycle! Does that mean
I'm a folk artist?! Hee hee, I can dream, can't I?

Anyway, back to my bottle caps:

So blah.

But now...TADA!

The images are magazine cut-outs and
attached to the inside of the bottle caps with glue.
Magnets are secured at the back end with a glue gun.

Use these for your fridge or a magnetic white board.
Another alternative is putting tacks instead of magnets,
to dress up your cork boards.

More ideas tomorrow!


  1. great idea!
    I've a bag full of caps, also!
    I've been saving them to try to make them as buttons (cover with fabric) but didn't have the time yet..

  2. this is so pretty! perfect for the fridge, great idea Claire, i wouldnt have imagined a better use for these!!!

  3. I've been wanting to make something like that with bottlecaps...filling it with epoxy resin!

  4. Hello Miss Papgena Made It! Check out my post tomorrow...I think you'll like it :)

    Thanks Nuit! Now you've got an excuse to collect bottlecaps :)

    Hi Marfa -- epoxy resin!!! Is that how you can make a "glass-like coating"? I tried clear glue and also melting hot glue -- didn't give me the look I wanted. Thanks, thanks for the tip! I'll try it!

  5. Hello,
    Great job with your blog! you are relentless with your posts, I really like the multiple options for all these things we have laying around at our homes. Good job spreading the word of recycling or re-purposing.

  6. Thanks for dropping by Xgivanx! I must say, you do a really great job re-purposing found treasure :)


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