Sunday, June 17, 2012

Put A (Bottle) Cap On It

Once I found out how easy it is to make bottle cap magnets, I made some for all of my family and friends for Christmas and birthday presents.  They can easily be personalized and everyone needs magnets!

  • 1 inch circle punch  
  • Scrapbook paper (or whatever you want to put in the bottle cap)
  • Elmer's clear glue
  • Resin (I use Envirotex Lite purchased at Michael's)
  • Little magnets (also purchased at Michael's)
  • Bottle caps (my mom has been searching for and finding bottle caps for me at Michael's and a craft store called Pat Catan's.  You can also collect bottle caps and spray paint them)
  • Some sort of super glue (I used FutureGlue Gel)

First, take your punch and paper.  Align the paper with the hole to punch out exactly what you want to put in the bottle cap.

After you've punched your circles, take the clear glue and put an itsy dot inside the magnet, place the paper circle in and press.

Once those are dried, you can get your resin ready.  Depending on the type of resin you purchase, the directions may vary.  Just follow the directions that come with it.  Make sure to place paper or cardboard or something under your magnets in case the resin spills or leaks.  

Just pour in the resin about 3/4 of the way.  It doesn't need to be the whole way to the top.  There will be some bubbles in the resin.  You can poke the big bubbles that float to the top with a pin or toothpick.  The tiny ones will just disappear.  Let them dry and harden over night.

Once they are dry, turn them over and glue the magnets to the bottoms.  You might be able to find some magnets that have the sticky part on the back.  If you do, you don't need the glue.  If you need the glue, just put an itsy drop on the magnet and place on the back of the bottle cap.  Let dry.

Once dry, you are finished!  Decorate whatever magnetic space you need - refrigerator, dry erase board, oven, or whatever else catches your eye.

These can make great gifts for moms, teachers, grandmas, friends, etc.  Fun, cute, and easy !

What easy DIY gifts have you made lately?

Now you can Do It Yourself Too !


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