BottleCap Magnet Tutorial

1. I printed out a bunch of images on Microsoft Word from their clipart gallery. You can even download them from the online Microsoft Clip-Art Gallery. I then insert them and resize them to like .78″ or something like that. If you want a copy of mine here you go. Or you can also print out pictures of your wees one as well. CUUUUTE!

2. I take a one-inch hole punch and flip it over. Then, centering the punch, punch out the image you want.

3. Without any glue place the image in your bottlecap. (You can buy these in bulk at a local “brew your own beer” type shop or ebay. I think I paid $2.75 for 144 of them. DON’T BUY THEM FROM THE SCRAPBOOK STORE – RIP OFF!) I buy new ones that haven’t been crimped.

4. Then use puff paints to decorate it. The brand I use is Scribbles or Stickles. This also acts as a glue holding your image down. I dot the paint around the bottlecap leaving a space between to add another color. Make sure you have paint all the around the image touching the bottlecap rim and the paper.

5. For added pizazz I add those Tiny No Hole Beads similiar to this in the coordinating color to the paint I chose. Make sure you pour them over the whole thing and then turn the cap over and tap once to get the excess out. Then pour the beads back into their original container like a good girl. You can also use glitter but it tends to stick to areas you don’t want it to that is why I like the beads better.

6. Then add your second puff paint color. I generally only do one bead color because if you re-pour beads they mix with the first color beads you chose. One cool option is doing two paint colors and then adding clear beads over the top. Let this dry completely (usually within a couple of hours).

7. Then using my favorite medium…

pour the resin (after you have read the instructions on the box completely) in the cap covering all the paint. Using a lighter, you can wave a flame over the top of the resin to get any air bubbles out. Let that dry for 24 hours. It will have a beautiful shiny clear coat embedding your image and paint for eternity. (EDIT: You can buy this stuff at Michaels, it is a bit pricey so use a coupon).

Lastly glue a magnet on (I use E-6000 glue). I make these in the droves. I have probably made at least 500 of these. I even have a whole magnet board with only these for magnets. You can spit out a ton of these in an hour. I usually put a few in a decorated altoid tin as gifts. Everyone loves em.

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  1. Cuuute! And just what I needed…another project to distract me from my housework. :)Thanks for the tips on where to find the bottlecaps for less $$$.

  2. julie & joe says:

    Very cute!

  3. julie & joe says:

    Very cute!

  4. julie & joe says:

    Very cute!

  5. julie & joe says:

    Very cute!

  6. Thimbleanna says:

    Very Cute! I saw something somewhere (you know how that surfing is) that indicated that facebook has some sort of little arty pictures or something like that, that could be used for this too. I had no idea what they were talking about, but maybe you do!

  7. You win for the cutest project! I love it! Where did you get your resin? You are… infarrantly creative! hehehe. Thanks for this great post to get my wheels turning!

  8. No kidding, I was just thinking about these cute things today and was going to ask you about them. I still have the one you made me for Hunter’s shower.

  9. Yes, we do love them! ; )

  10. householder/surface says:

    Hi! I’m new to reading your blog. Wanted to say that these are so cute! I’ve been looking for a type of resin to do something like this. Do you purchase yours at a craft store or do you get it from a wholesale-type supplier? And, after reading your pet peeves post, my email is accessible through my profile! 🙂

  11. brown eyed girl says:

    What a super cute cupcake! Cool project.

  12. Jenni @ nest to keep says:

    This is such a cute idea! I love how your magnets turned out, too! Thanks for showing how to do this; I definitely want to try my hand at it sometime. And I agree~ who wouldn’t love these as gifts? 🙂 That’s another great idea! 🙂

    I hope you have a beautiful day! 🙂

  13. says:

    Oh that’s cool! I love all the sparkle! I’ll be linking.

  14. Shelley Fuge says:

    Really cute. You must have a lot of energy…I’m amazed…

  15. LOVE them!! I would fill my fridge with those.

  16. thanks! I love these and have always wanted to make some.

    Baby girl is looking mighty cute, too!

  17. So cute! I wish I had cute magnets on my fridge!

    So, I stalked the family monogram that you have on your wish list and am now addicted to having one. (But, between you and me…I think you’re talented enough to paint yours on the wall…)

  18. Oh Yeah, a new craft. I seriosly needed one of these. Baby Girl is looking mighty cute.
    Thanks for the ideas.

  19. Pink & Green Mama says:

    Fantastic! And I love the way you took it a step further and added the “bead” work. Great blog with so many great ideas!!

  20. Pink & Green Mama says:

    Fantastic! And I love the way you took it a step further and added the “bead” work. Great blog with so many great ideas!!

  21. Pink & Green Mama says:

    Fantastic! And I love the way you took it a step further and added the “bead” work. Great blog with so many great ideas!!

  22. Pink & Green Mama says:

    Fantastic! And I love the way you took it a step further and added the “bead” work. Great blog with so many great ideas!!

  23. Those are so cute! We love magnets at our house and I think we really, really need some new ones to mix it up a little! Thank you so much 🙂

  24. Awesome tutorial!

  25. I love making these too! I love to use duplicate photos I have around the house too – nothing like having photos of your little ones on the fridge too! They’re also great welcome baby gifts if you have photos or can snag a scanned image of footprints. I’ve also found some papers work better than others and give less of a yellowing look and makes the resin crystal clear. Thanks for the tutorial – great!

  26. Hey… I saw this tut on bottle cap necklaces and thought of you:

  27. wonderfully creative

  28. I have been having my dad save his bottle caps for me for a while, and I finally have a good stash to try these! I am also thinking about a jewelry project with this stuff…this envirotex brand, do you think it yellows at all over time? I haven’t committed to a resin yet. 🙂 Eryn

  29. Are you kidding me? How cute is THAT? I love it!

  30. Thank you! I can't wait to start. Christmas presents for all my 4 daughters' friends!!…and cousins!

  31. The EnviroTex instructions say to do a few coats of craft glue over paper and let dry before applying resin. Did you do this step. Just not sure if colors will bleed. Also, did you let your caps overflow or just fill them most of the way up? Thanks so much, making a bunch for Christmas!

  32. Infarrantly Creative says:

    I generally don't but it is not a bad idea just to make sure the colors don't run.

  33. sweetlilbowtique says:

    hello love your tutorial.. had a question though do you know of baking bottlecaps in overn to cure faster? i heard about this earlier but not sure if its legit..plz lemme know

  34. Using glitter glue works inplace of the paint-n-beads since you said the glitter gets everywhere. I am amking some of these right now that each have one large colored googly eye surrounded by glitter glue. Give someone two of them and they have monster eyes!

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