Uses for Plastic Bottle Caps

December 27, 2011

Uses for Plastic Bottle CapsMy nephew's elementary school collects all kinds of bottle caps and gets some kind of money for them. We always put our bottle caps is a basket and when we see Jacob we give them to him. They take every kind of bottle cap as long as it has a screw top, so I put in everything large or small from any bottles we use. Maybe you could check with your school to see if they know about this program.


By TheThreadLady from Eden Prairie, MN

Editor's Note: According to Snopes, there are no charities that accept plastic bottle caps, they are worthless. Some companies will collect them for recycling, such as Aveda. There are also recycling programs for bottle caps. Check with your local waste management company or municipal offices for more information.

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December 14, 2011

Plastic bottle caps can be used to make fly and insect door curtains. Measure a piece of timber dowel the width of the door. Drill a small hole in the centre of each cap and string them together like beads, with knots along the string to keep them separate from each other.

A curtain made of strung bottle caps.

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December 18, 2007

My four cats were constantly losing their store bought toys under the appliances and furniture, and down the basement stairs. One day I realized they got the exact same amount of joy chasing a plastic bottle cap around.

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April 2, 2015

I lost the cap to my mouthwash. I didn't want to put it in a soda or flavored water bottle because moving being what it is, I couldn't find a felt pen to mark it with. So I found the next best thing.


A water bottle cap worked perfectly. Being the frugal person that I am, I didn't want to waste the bottle or have it spill. I hope this helps.

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November 7, 2007

What do you do with the milk and soda caps nobody wants? I believe I pretty much covered before their use as game pieces. How about Holiday Decorations or just small vessels that can be used to decorate holiday decorations?

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November 6, 2016

I was at McDonald's the other day, and I purchased three of their little bottles of milk. I immediately knew that they would be used as some kind of craft or toy or decoration at our home.


I decided to use them as a seasonal cat toy.

bottle cap with snowman picture inside

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December 19, 2017

I often spend the night at my daughters house but sometimes it's not planned. And even when it is I can forget things I might need. Today, I made a nice care package (emergency kit) in a bag I seldom use.

Two soda bottle caps with earplugs stored inside.

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July 16, 2012

Guess how many tops. Nearest guess wins a prize! This is a good game or any charity event: summer fete, Brownies, Boy Scouts, Christmas event, etc.

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December 5, 2007

I collect Coke plastic bottle caps for the Coke Rewards program. After entering the codes, I then have lots and lots of plastic bottle caps. Is there anything useful I can do with them?

Jean from Detroit, MI


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December 5, 20070 found this helpful

If you have a problem with animals getting in your garden maybe you could spread them around. I don't think animals would like walking over something like that.

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By Melody in TN (Guest Post)
December 6, 20073 found this helpful

An old preschool trick. If you have different colored caps, make spare checkers with them. Red for one team (Coke) and green (Sprite) for the other. You could even use small stickers on the inside or out for when a checker is "kinged" and turned over. These are easy for small hands (or older, arthritic hands, too) to pick up and you don't care if one gets lost!


You can use caps off milk jugs, too. These are great for car trips with a checkerboard/backgammon board made of a sheet of paper or large print checked fabric. Velcro the edges for a self-contained carrier, even.

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December 6, 20072 found this helpful

If you have friends that sew, you can make mini pincushions as nice little gifts:

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By Dumbo (Guest Post)
December 8, 20071 found this helpful

What will i do with coke bottle caps? Make a necklace and wear it!

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July 19, 2011

In the last few years, Aveda Cosmetics started recycling plastic soda bottle caps. They made a strong case for the fact that land and marine animals suffer when the mothers mistake these things for food and feed them to their young, accidentally killing the babies. Unfortunately, Aveda stopped taking these recently. Not all recyclers will take these small things.

Any ideas as to where these can be recycled or how they can be used en mass? Please, can somebody give me a workable solution to this almost unaddressed problem?


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November 10, 2019

Where can I find someone who is accepting water caps for cancer? There was a friend's ex-wife who was doing it, but I was told no longer.

Anyway I had my church friend helping me out in this area. My mom, one of my sons had died of cancer and I myself have cancer.


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Snopes says that this campaign was false:

That said, if you are looking to do something useful with them other than recycle, they do sell on eBay. The SOLD amounts are not high, but you could then donate the cash to your favorite cancer related charity.


Over 1/2 of the last listed packages of tops sold. They average $8 in sales PER lot (lot means sold by the pound or a select number like 1000 pieces and most often sorted by color).

Here are examples of sold auctions if you want to go that route:

Prayers for you and all affected by cancer.

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November 23, 2018

Our recycling center has requested that before bringing plastic bottles, that the caps be removed. Geeze Louise, now I have a bag of caps. Does anyone have a suggestion for what can be done with them?

Thanks for your ideas.
Take good care!

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October 16, 2016

This is a page about plastic bottle top container. Reuse a bottle top and 2 caps to make a handy pocket container.

Plastic Bottle Top Container

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May 23, 2017

The caps off of milk bottles are just right for use in making an impromptu palette for your next craft painting project. This is a page about how to make a recycled milk bottle cap palette.

Recycled Milk Bottle Caps Palette - paint in bottle caps on lid palette

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