We have so many extra bottle caps in our house, our bottle opener collects the caps in a metal container, and instead of recycling them I decided it would be fun to upcycle them into something cute. I thought flowers would be adorable for summer. We’re all making ourselves as busy as possible during summer break, and taking a break to paint in the middle of the day can be so relaxing. You might have noticed these already in the background of our poetry tea time!
The first few steps were completed by adults, this way kiddos don’t have to mess with hot glue or spray paint and it’s just a magical blank slate put together and ready to be painted.
First arrange 7 bottle caps into a flower shape, then use hot glue their back sides to hold them together. After it dries the flowers will be really flexible. If you’re worried you can brace them. I glued a couple fragments of popsicle sticks behind so they would be a little more stable, but I’m not sure it’s necessary if these will just be sitting on a shelf.
Next up, I had my husband prime them with a grey spray on primer. Spray painting comes naturally to him, when I do it everything gets all runny. I think I need some practice.
Look at how cool those are, begging for some paint and fun designs! When it came to painting we used acrylic paints, we painted each bottle cap with two coats of the paint we chose and let it dry completely. Then we used a smaller brush and painted on some fun designs. Fun little designs like zig zags, polka dots, or stripes can make these look so whimsical.
After they’re painted hot glue a popsicle stick to the bottom. That way you can put them in a vase like this. See, I told you we had these during poetry tea time!
They ended up so adorable, and so simple to make. It was a fun afternoon project, a perfect little break during a lazy summer day.
Have you come up with a fun way to upcycle bottle caps? Let me know in the comments below!