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)
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??