Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tutorial: Bottle Cap Magnets

I have been wanting to make bottle cap magnets forever (is it just me, or do I start every tutorial by saying something like that?). In any case, I have been saving bottle caps for longer than I'd care to admit. 

I finally made them, and am completely in love with them!  I used pictures of some of our favorite things.  A sewing machine for me, a few pictures of Sprite, Charlie and Lola (Sprite favorite TV characters), Firefly for Mr. Apple, and many more.

On to the tutorial!

Bottle caps (either new or used)
Mod Podge
tacky glue
Computer and printer
Clear casting epoxy (see photo below)

Start by preparing your images.  I inserted images into Word and sized them to about 1 inch, which was the size of the inside of my caps (you can leave them square or rectangle, just make sure the area you want on the magnet is about an inch).

For some really cool ideas, check out the facebook applicaiton Pieces of Flair.  That's where I got a couple of the images from.  Just copy and paste them into Word, and they are already little round circles.  You might need to resize them just a tad.

Print out all your little circles on white cardstock.  After the ink is dry, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the whole sheet of cardstock.  After its dry, apply it to the back as well.

Trace one ot your bottle caps to make a circle template.  Lay your template over your image, and trace around it so you know where to cut out.

Cut out all the little circles and glue them to the inside of the bottle cap.  Use enough glue so that the epoxy can't seep under the picture. Use the tacky glue for this.

There they are, all glued in.  Let them dry completely.

Mix your epoxy. All you have to do is measure equal parts of both solutions, and stir for awhile per the instructions.  Be sure to measure so you have exactly equal parts or it won't harden.

Carefully pour the epoxy in the bottle caps.  Don't worry too much about bubbles.  They should clear up within about an hour, while the epoxy is still soft.  It will take 24 hours for the epoxy to harden.

Leave them undisturbed while they harden.

Using hot glue, add a magnet to the back of each bottle cap.

Try them out!

I stuck the results of a personality test on the fridge as a reminder to Mr. Apple of why I am the way I am :-)

A newborn Sprite, posing for her passport picture with a magnet of my apple cupcakes.

A poppy magnet with a coupon for the local nursery.

An older Sprite holding up a picture that she colored.

So much fun!  What's going on your magnets??


Katrina @ They All Call Me Mom said...

Oh my gosh, this is so neat! I'm going to try this. What a great project for some of my older kids. Thanks for the idea!

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jenclair said...

I've been wanting to try this! I bought some Ice Resin months ago...and still haven't done it. Yours are so cute!

Angie said...

These would make great gifts, thanks so much for sharing! I have never seen that product before, I will have to check it out!

Angie@ http://inmysparetime2.blogspot.com

Lee Ann said...

What a cool craft! I have TONS of bottlecaps I've been saving for another project.

Marti said...

This is really cute! It fits right in with my Thrifty Thursday challenge. Come on over to my blog and enter by posting a link in the comments.
Marti @ http://thenextfiftyyears.blogspot.com

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

So cute! I love the ones with pictures in them!

Melissa said...

great idea!


AllieMakes! said...

Those look great! I have been using the DM by Modge Podge but it gets milky after a week. This seems to have a better outcome! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

LocalFunForKids said...

I've been wanting to do these for a long time too. I LOVE the Charlie and Lola one : )
Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday @ localfunforkids.com ~ Heather

Lowri said...

Great idea and tutorial - I can;t wait to try this!

Tanya said...

Cool! I have been wanting to do this too!! Following :)


Carolyn said...

An excellent fun craft for kids.

zain said...

Its admirable art you shared in this blog.

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Shannon Mcniel said...

Bottle caps + epoxy = a unique piece! This is a very nifty idea, Kelly. Another idea comes to mind: why not make it a personalized necklace to glam up your ensemble? It would surely make a very chic accessory!


Mark Bintu said...

Most of the people just waste the bottle caps. But the way you used these caps is really the creative one. Thumbs up :)

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