wikiHow to Make Bottle Cap Art

Bottle cap art is a fantastic way to make the most out of a bottle cap collection that you're not sure what to do with. The type of artwork possible is endless and this project is ideal for kids' craft groups, a camping activity, a rainy day activity, or as a classroom project.


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    Collect bottle caps. The more, the better, and you'll need quite a few if you're working with a group or class.
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    Buy some craft glue. Make sure that it dries transparent (clear) and is easy to use.
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    Find some small objects. Commonly used objects include small plastic animals, screws or nails, beads, and googly eyes. Any small item is suitable provided that it can fit within the bottle cap and isn't something you mind attaching to the cap permanently.
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    Find a small picture you like. Look through magazines, online (print it out), old coloring books, etc. Cut out the picture so that it fits inside the bottle cap. Cover it in tape so that the dye colors in the picture won't run.
    • If you're working with a group or class, have a pile of magazines ready for them to search through. Just be sure to specify that any picture they choose needs to fit inside the bottle cap.
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    Put a dot of glue inside the bottle cap. Place the picture inside, being careful to align it well. Then, put a dot of glue on the picture where you want to put the small object and glue the small object onto the spot.
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    Completely cover the bottle cap with glue.
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    Leave the bottle cap to dry for as long as the instructions on the glue say. When it is dried, the bottle cap is ready for display or giving away as a gift.
    • Art bottle caps can be used for adding to art and craft projects as decoration, used in scrapbooking, added to a doll house for decoration or as an item for the inhabitants, turned into a display item (perhaps make a row of artistic bottle caps), and so forth.


  • You can buy the bottle caps if you haven't any, but it's cheaper and more fun to collect them. If a member of your family drinks a lot of soda or beer, ask them if you can have their bottle caps.


  • Cover all work surfaces to prevent glue from damaging them.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle caps
  • Newspaper for work surface
  • Clear drying glue (non-toxic)
  • Disposable gloves if you don't like touching glue (optional)
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Small object(s)
  • Computer/Printer
  • Old coloring book (other sources of pictures)

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