Sunday, November 25, 2007

Bottlecap Magnets Project

I started making these little guys after I saw a post inspired by Ali Edwards. These are easy peasy and also a really great way to use up some Christmas scraps.


Step one: Get some bottlecaps. I know Maya Road makes some big ones, but I just had these lying around (our Costco sells full-sugar Mexican Coke now, yum.) I did boil them in water to help clean them up a bit. If you don't like the color of the bottlecaps, you can totally paint them! How fun would teal be? Or even a pretty bright pink?
Step two: assemble your goodies. I have some scrap papers and bits of transparencies from other holiday projects that are perfect for this. For my words, I have the MM Holiday WordFetti, but you can also just use stamps or print out words on your computer for fun, custom holiday words/phrases.
Step three: get your tools out. If you don't want to hand cut everything, you may wish to grab your punches...
Step four (optional): pick a formula if you want a more "themed" look for your magnets. I chose to go with: background paper + punched accent + holiday appropriate word.

Step five: assemble. This is the fun part! Just make a simple collage that appeals to you. You can even use stamped images and tiny photos as well.

If you are not using a punch for the background circle, you can just trace around the bottlecap bottom and trim it from there.

Step six: glue the collage into the bottlecap (makes it way easier to work with). I secured them with a glue dot. If you aren't worried about "floating" or you have some heavier items on your collage, you can probably skip this step.

Step seven: pour your dimensional adhesive on top of the collage, be sure to completely cover the image and watch out for air bubbles!

Step eight: wait for the dimensional adhesive to dry. I let mine dry overnight. You will know it is dry because the epoxy will turn clear.

Step nine: glue a magnet on the back. Be sure to use a glue or epoxy that will work with metal (bonding to smooth surfaces). Superglue does not work due to the smooth surface of the bottle cap and the magnet.

So...if you don't want to turn these little guys into magnets they would make some pretty awesome embellishments on a card, page or mini-book...

And voila! All done. How fun was that? And easy too.

If you try this let me know! I would love to see what other people come up with!!!

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Edited: You know what would also be awesome with the above project? A magnetic Xmas Calendar...

Think about it.

17 comments:

Bekka said...

I'm going to have to try this. What about looping some string on the back and making a set of ornaments for a mini Christmas tree? Ooooh -- can't wait to get started! :)

Christina C. said...

dude. bekka, that's brilliant!

Siany said...

Thats fantastic!! I cant wait to try something like it!!
xx

lara said...

I've been making these for awhile now, but I still can't figure out how to minimize air bubbles!! I use the Diamond Glaze too. So now i put a lot of glitter in mine - they cover up the bubbles!!

I like matching them with layouts - although then i have to preplan my page and start it the night before! :D

Stephanie said...

this is really a great idea, can't wait to try! thanks for sharing!
Stephanie aka choxiegirl

Jen said...

so love these! think i will go buy some coke today!!

*~*Amber*~* said...

incredible girl!!! flippen awesome!

Lisa said...

genius!! can't wait to try these!!

Sylvia said...

This is sooo cool! Came across this on SIS TV. Might give this a try!

RachelDenbow said...

I love that you posted simple directions because I sometimes don't try a project if I can't figure out that one thing that isn't obvious. For this one, it was what kind of transparent adhesive was coated over the images. Now, I just may make a Christmas advent calendar!

Holly said...

I love those bottle caps! I haven't made any in so long. Thanks for the inspiration to go dig them back out of my craft drawer. :0) And, now I have an idea of what to use that Wordfetti for. It's been sitting in my sticker box forever! Oh, and I love that bird punch! I'm off to track it down...

Emm's said...

Hi! My name is Emma and I saw these on a post you made @ Scrap in Style. They are soooo cute. Thanks for sharing the instructions on how to make them.

BrigitteS said...

Woww !! what a cool idea !! look stunning !! ;)

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RandomRocks159 said...

These are really cool, i think i am going to try to make a necklace rather than a magnet :)

Thanks for sharing how to do it though.

Danielle

Caleb said...

I've worked with epoxy glaze before. To remove the air bubbles, use a heat gun or blow dryer after pooring.

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