How to Recycle Water Bottle Caps

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Recycle water bottle caps into craft projects that you and your kids can enjoy. The plastic discs can become decorative embellishments for your kitchen or projects for your home and garden décor. Use your imagination to decorate the bottle caps with paint, beads and resin embedments to make magnets and other items. You can teach your children to think outside the box while spending time crafting recycled bottle caps into art.

Things You'll Need

  • Water bottle caps
  • Epoxy resin
  • Tiny trinkets
  • Self-adhesive magnets
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Viscous craft glue
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch diameter drill bit
  • Fishing line
  • Beads
  • Craft bells
  • Craft ring
  • Make decorative water bottle cap magnets for the fridge by embedding tiny trinkets into the cap using two part epoxy resin. Select a small sea shell, colorful pebbles or beads to fit inside the bottle cap. Mix the resin according to the package directions and fill the bottle cap halfway. Place the trinket on top of the resin, then cover the trinket with more resin. After the resin dries, usually under 30 minutes, attach a self-adhesive magnet strip to the back of the cap and place it on the fridge.

  • Recycle nine water bottle caps into one large daisy magnet for the fridge or a metal bulletin board. Use acrylic paint to paint the outside of one bottle cap yellow, six bottle caps red and two bottle caps green. Paint a face onto the top of the yellow bottle cap after the paint dries. Using viscous craft glue, encircle the yellow cap with the six red caps. Attach the two green caps between two opposite red caps to resemble leaves on the daisy. Glue a magnet strip to the back side of the connected bottle cops.

  • Make two daisy bottle caps, as described in Step 2, without the magnets. Glue the daisies back to back. Drill a 1/8-inch diameter hole straight through two back-to-back red bottle caps. Thread a fishing line through the caps to make a strand for a mobile or wind chimes. Double the line so that the daisy hangs at the bottom. Fill the doubled line with beads and craft bells. Tie the line around a metal craft ring. Repeat this step to make four or five hanging strands for the chimes/mobile. Make a hanger for the craft ring with more fishing line.

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