Does your town recycle metal bottlecaps? Some cities do, but not all. Even if your city's recycling program does accept metal bottlecaps, it takes energy to transport them to the recycling facility and to turn them into new metal products. Next time you've had a few beers, stash those bottlecaps and try out some of these bottlecap crafts!
Just like saving wine corks, saving those bottlecaps is easy peasy. Just put a cute little bowl next to wherever you keep your bottle opener, so you and your guests can your collect bottlecaps rather than tossing them in the trash. This is a great technique at parties, because it means you won't have quite so many bottlecaps to hunt down when you're cleaning up the next morning. A double win!
Got your bottlecaps? Great! Let's get crafty!
1. Bottlecap Trivet - If you know how to crochet, you can turn those old bottlecaps into a cute, yarn-covered trivet!
2. Bottlecap Christmas Tree - I kind of like the idea of hanging this upcycled bottlecap tree on a Christmas tree! Adorable!
3. Bottlecap Snake - Got a big stash of caps? Turn them into a cute snake that moves!
4. Bottlecap Charm Bracelet - Pull out your circle punch and make a charm bracelet from those caps you've collected.
5. Make a Necklace - This bottlecap necklace is a little Halloween-y, but you can paint any design you like to make this something to wear any time of year.
6. Cover a Bar or Tabletop - This project is not for the impatient! As you collect your caps, glue them to the top of your bar or a table. When it's done, use epoxy to seal it up and create an even surface. You can find tips and image inspiration for this one over at Craftster.
7. Tiny Candles - Turn old bottlecaps into a set of miniature candles!
8. Beer Cap Coasters - Pick up a sheet of cork and use your old bottlecaps to make a cute set of coasters.
Have you made anything cool out of bottlecaps you've collected? Share your projects in the comments!