When I am asked to teach a craft class in my community 9 times out of 10 I have chosen these bottlecap magnets. It is a great craft project to make in groups.
I have probably taught this class in one group or another probably a dozen times in the last 10 years. I even taught this class on a cruise ship in Hawaii!
This tutorial was first published in 2009 on my blog.
Whether they are elementary aged kids or grandmas, everyone enjoys this project.
This is perfect for a church group, Girl Scouts, a ladies night out or just a project to do with the kiddos for a teacher or grandparent gift.
Supplies for the Bottlecap Magnets:
- New bottlecaps
- Puff Paint – Scribbles or Stickles brand
- 1″ circle punch
- Envirotex Lite
- super string Magnets
- E6000 adhesive
- Optional: Microbeads
- White Cardstock
- Images file or make your own
Step By Step Bottlecap Magnets Craft Project
Step 1 – Print clipart
I printed out a bunch of images on Microsoft Word from their clipart gallery like 7 years ago.
But you can use any image and just 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 kids as well.
Step 2 – Punch them out
I take a one-inch hole punch and flip it over. Then, centering the punch, punch out the image you want.
Step 3 – Place the images in the bottlecaps
Without any glue, place the image in your bottlecap.
I think I paid $2.75 for 144 of them.
DON’T BUY THEM FROM THE CRAFTS STORE – RIP OFF!)
I buy new ones that haven’t been crimped.
Step 4 – Decorate them
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.
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.
Step 5 – Optional – Accessories
For added pizazz I add those microbeads 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.
Step 6 – Second Puff Paint
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).
Step 7 – Add the resin
Then I used a two part resin called Envirotex Lite (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.
Lastly glue a magnet on (I use E-6000 glue).
I make these in the droves. I have probably made at least 1500 of these. You can spit out a ton of these in an hour.
What can I use the Bottlecap Magnets for?
They can make great little gifts for Mother’s Day, Grandparents, Teachers etc. And it is really fun as a Craft Group Project as well.
Use themes according to the season or holiday and, if you are brave enough, print very little quotes.
Pretty pretty. Great job Beckie ! I`ll give bottle cap crafts a shot too in my next crafting session ! Thank you !