Recycle crafters are always on the look out for projects to use up as many recyclables as possible, even the lowly plastic bottle cap. When you visualize creatively, the ideas arise. This is a guide about craft uses for plastic bottle caps.
I have over a hundred pop bottle lids, soda lids. I save them to redeem the points on the Coke lids. They're all red. Is there some kind of craft I can do? I can't think of anything.
I've seen clocks and collages made from them.
I have seen shoe scrapers made from pop bottle caps. They are nailed to a board 12 x 18 (guessing at actual size), and are used to clean mud and dirt off the shoes/boots before entering the house.
If the caps fill with dirt, the board can be picked up and turned over to empty it. It will not tear up like the ones you buy at the store.
When in a boys club years ago my grandson had to make one of those scraping mats with caps. It was a small one where they used a scrap of outdoor carpet, same size piece of plywood, then another piece of carpet (got those free from places like Home Depot or a carpet store which were samples.) Each cap was nail on from bottom side of what would be the finished project. It was intended to sit by the side of your entrance mat to scrap the bottom of your shoes off, much like the small brush type ones they have that are shaped as animals.
In the end they all looked very professional. One young boy was very creative since his mother thought a good idea would be a cooling tray for hot items out of the oven. He starting with one cap in the center, then surrounding it by additional caps.With the number you have a square mat would end up being in the 12" X 12" size I would guess as they are placed very close together. The reason to start with carpet in the bottom and not just wood is so your porch floor or counter top would not get scrapped from any movement. Good Luck!
For Christmas my daughter made little ornaments for our small tree. She painted them and some she glittered and put mom and dad on a couple. She even put my dogs name on one. If your able to you can shrink picture and put in the middle. Then she punched a small hole for the hooks. They were very cute. Pam
I have seen them used as cat toys, with a hole punched into the top of the lid and tied to a string and hung from the cat kennels at the shelter, they love these! I am thinking you could use them to make a chime with, I am not sure how but I am going to experiment.
Drill a hole in several tops and add one length of string to each top at different lengths. Use for 'scaring' birds from your vegetable patch.
Right now a "hot" trend in crafting and rubber stamping is to make rosettes for putting on a card or package. That consists of scoring and folding lightweight paper (like scrapbooking sheets), gluing and accessorizing. Use rubber-stamped numbers, images, or stickers. You make a flat fan and you need a round accent piece in the center of the flower.
A bottle cap could be used to anchor everything together whether plain or decorated. A rosette can also be used as an award. If you add 2 wide ribbon pieces behind, cut at an angle, it can resemble a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place award ribbon.
Source: This information comes from being an active rubber stamper.
By Lynn from Bridgeville, PA
Recycle plastic bottle caps by drilling a hole in the middle of the top, string on fishing line and use for outdoor garlands at Xmas or use the colors for different holidays, for example orange and black for Halloween.
By Sharon Y. from Janesville, WI
I am saving my bottle caps for a Christmas project I found in a craft magazine. Glue bottle caps together in a circular shape with one in the center. Glue in glitter pom poms in Christmas colors inside the caps, add a string for hanging for a Christmas ornament.
I am looking for crafts that use bottle caps.
By Kelly from Medina, OH
You can spray paint them orange and use a black permanent marker to add the "face."
These can become pins or checkers for a game, etc.
I have a ton of plastic Mountain Dew soda bottle caps I forgot to send in for their latest promotion. I've looked online, but I can't locate something I can do or make with these plastic caps. I see plenty of projects with metal caps, but not plastic. Any ideas?
Jessica from Waukesha, WI
You could make a checker board set and use them up. (03/06/2009)
If you enjoy crafts or have children who enjoy crafts, go to the library and borrow "Bottlecap Little Bottlecap" by Michelle Stitzlein. The book contains ideas for fun crafts with bottle caps. Her creativity is amazing! (03/06/2009)
flickr has some wonderful shots of recycled crafts. Get lovely shots of bottle cap pincushions.
I saw someone on TV make lawn ornament flowers out of butter/plastic container lids and the centers were bottle caps. You can make a mosaic picture out of all the colored bottle caps. I plan to drill holes into the center and use old metal wire hangers to create a trellis on my lanai. I am going to paint it white. (03/07/2009)
How about drilling holes in the caps and stringing them on a pipe cleaner? Glue on googly-eyes and you have an instant caterpillar! (03/07/2009)
Donate them to your local school. I collected some and put them in Ziploc bags and use them for Bingo markers for the games we play at school. (03/07/2009)
My Easter Hat Magnet craft has been submitted, but here's a sneak peek at the photo! Poor But Proud!! (03/11/2009)