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8 Ways to Craft with Bottle Caps

By: Caitlin Kavanaugh

Why throw away plastic and metal bottle caps when you could use them to create something beautiful and new? Bottle caps make up the foundation of a variety of craft projects that everyone in the family can enjoy crafting.  Fashion a recycled dog treat container, make a bottle cap coaster for the dining room, or inspire your family members during the holidays with bottle cap ornaments.  Once you get your mind going, there’s no end to the kinds of bottle cap projects you can make.




  1. Bottle Cap Christmas Tag: For the holidays, make your gifts stand out with a homemade bottle cap gift tag.  This cute technique can be used to make bookmarks, ornaments or decorative wall hangings.
  2. Milk Bottle Cap Ornament: Bottle cap projects can be festive, too! Take plastic bottle caps and turn them into ornaments by hanging them up with green-and-red ribbon.
  3. Plastic Bottle Lid Art: Spicing up your home decor doesn't have to break your wallet.  Paint bottle caps and paste them on a canvas to make your own modern, recycled piece of art.
  4. Bottle Cap Wine Glass Charms: Create pretty wine class charms to dress up wine glasses during an evening dinner party.  Play with the paper choice and bottle caps to make different varieties depending on the occasion.  
  5. Bottle Cap Coaster: Kids will loving making this project that's perfect for a rainy day.  Take old milk bottle caps in an array of colors and put together flower shapes. It's fun to make and a good excuse to recycle bottle caps!
  6. Bottle Cap Cross: Mix bottle caps with memories with this cute bottle cap project.  Size copies of family photos or loved ones to fit bottle caps and make crosses to hang as decorations or to give away as gifts.
  7. Crochet Beer Cap Hot Pad: Who would have thought beer bottle caps would be used with a crochet pattern!  Impress your friends with these unique and colorful hot pads as gifts or make some to stock up your own kitchen.  Don't worry if you don't have 19 beer caps around, play with the project and try using water bottle lids instead. 
  8. Recycled Treat Containers: Here bottle caps make up the nose, eyes and name tag of adorable dog-and-cat treat containers.  This is a great bottle cap project for any pet lover that kids can help make too.
  9. NEW!  Bottle Cap Snake Toy:  Looking for a fun toy that's eco-friendly? Make a Bottle Cap Snake Toy! Kids will love this recycled craft.
  10. NEW!  Bottle Cap Mixed Media Necklace:  Instead of throwing away your bottle caps, turn them into a creative bottle cap necklace craft! This Bottle Cap Mixed Media Necklace is a great way for using recycled metals for making jewelry, and the necklace gives your wardrobe a vintage-like vibe for unique recycled jewelry.
  11. NEW!  Bottle Cap Wreath:  Here are some quick and thrifty instructions on how to make a decorative wreath. Recycle those old bottle caps into a beautiful bottle cap wreath for an eco-chic holiday!
  12. NEW!  Glittery Bottle Cap Magnets:  Plastic bottle cap crafts are a great excuse to reduce, reuse and recycle! Turn a boring fridge into a sparkly surface with Glittery Bottle Cap Magnets. This colorful project is simple and fun - make a bunch and create cool designs!

If you can't get enough of crafts using recycled materials, find more recycle craft ideas here:

10 Ways to Reuse and Recycle Trash for Crafting

10 Crafty Uses for an Old Toothbrush

10 Ways to Craft with Old Sweaters

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For Joy Lynn. To get the pattern you wanted for the bottle cap triviets, just scroll down from under the pictures and click on Crochet Beer Caps Hot Pad in the green print, and the pattern will come up. They are easy to crochet, and yes they are sewn together in rows, and then the rows are sewn together on the backside. I crochet a loop at the top so one can hang them on the wall until needed for use. The directions just say to sew together, but I found one pattern that said to sew them together by sewing just 5 stitches of each cap together. So that is what I do.

where do i find the pattern for the crochet covered bottle caps shown? looks like they are sewn together to make hot pads.


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