Making bottle cap magnets is a fun way to recycle a commonly thrown away item. Best of all, they are a quick and easy craft; just right for when you want a small project with little mess factor. All you need to do is choose a bottle cap, decorate it, and attach a magnet to the back. Once you start making bottle cap magnets, you will notice neat bottle caps everywhere that could be used for a future project.
To make bottle cap magnets, you will need glue, different sizes of bottle caps, and small magnets. You can use many different materials to decorate the bottle caps. Craft jewels, sequins, small photos, ribbon, and construction paper are good basic materials to have on hand for this project. Kids will invariably come up with their own creative designs, but here are a few to get you started.
Jewel magnets. Small bottle caps, such as those from soda bottles, are just the right size to hold a plastic craft gem, creating a jewel-like magnet. Or try cutting a small circle of construction paper, gluing it inside the bottle cap, and gluing colorful sequins to the paper.
Photo magnets. Medium to large-sized bottle caps, such as those from jars of olives or salsa, are great for making photo magnets. Just print out a photo and cut it to fit, using the bottle cap as a template. For smaller bottle caps it may be helpful to print the photos out in wallet-size. Photo magnets featuring the kids make great gifts for grandparents. Homemade photo magnets are also a great way to display vacation photos; rather than buying souvenir magnets you can make your own featuring favorite snapshots from your trip.
Art magnets. If your kids like to draw, put them to work making artsy magnets for the fridge. Glue in a backdrop of colorful paper that kids can embellish with their artwork, either drawn or cut from construction paper.
Nature magnets. Line a large bottle cap with pretty scrapbook paper, then glue dried or pressed flowers onto the background. To press flowers, simply place them between paper towel layers in the middle of a heavy book for a few days.
Finishing off your magnet. When your bottle cap is decorated, add a magnet to the back. Be sure to use strong magnets; we first tried this project with magnetic tape, which was not strong enough. Use hot glue to attach the magnet to the back, and let the glue set before hanging the finished magnet on the refrigerator.