Summer Fun with Bottle Caps!

With summer approaching, the kids will be out of school soon and looking for something fun to do!  Here is a fun project that not only recycles bottle caps, but makes a great gift!

And what do you do with all those bottle caps?

Well, make jewelry of course!

bottle cap bracelet

This is a fun recycling project and really there are so many possibilities.  The kids will love making mom something special!

bottle cap bracelet

For this project I used:

Bottle Caps
Mod Podge
Ribbon
Pony Beads
Gemstone Ribbon
Gemstones
Dremel
Hot Glue

bottle cap bracelet

Begin by using a dremel tool to drill a hole in each side of the bottle cap.  (You could also use a small drill).

bottle cap bracelet

Use the bottle cap as a template to cut out your fabric.  I chose a pretty bird themed fabric, but you could use anything that makes you smile.  An alternative to fabric would be pretty napkins or scrapbooking paper, or even magazine pages!

bottle cap bracelet

Coat the top of the bottle cap with Mod Podge, place the fabric over top and add a coating of Mod Podge to the top of the fabric.  Allow to dry for about 2 hours.

bottle cap bracelet

Now for the fun part!  Assemble what you would like to use to decorate them.  I used gemstone ribbon, gemstones and pony beads.

bottle cap bracelet

Before beginning the decorating, cut a piece of ribbon about 8″ long and thread it through a tapestry needle.  Then pull the ribbon through the two holes drilled into the cap as shown above.

bottle cap bracelet

Use the hot glue and the decorations to “bling up” this pretty charm!

bottle cap bracelet

Tie the finished piece around your wrist and you have a pretty bracelet!

bottle cap bracelet

These bracelets make great gifts and once the drilling has been done, are fun projects for the kids to put together.  An alternative would be to drill only one hole and string it as a necklace, or add a pin to the back for a pretty brooch.

Create some summer fun and recycle too!

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