Bottle cap magnets

© Sarah Lipoff 2011

I’m always looking for fun and creative ways to reuse things, and that includes all those bottle caps from all those fizzy beverages we consume. So, instead of tossing them, I decided to turn them into a cute and colorful way to keep me updated and reminded of special artwork or important dates by making magnets! All you need are a couple of basic materials. If you’ve got kids, they can help make lots and lots of magnets, too!

It’s as easy as pouring Mod Podge over a collection of bits of things inside of a bottle cap! I found googly eyes, glitter, cut out pieces of paper, and string to be fun and interesting to experiment with. Your child can go on a scavenger hunt for all those itty-bitty things hiding around the house that need a new purpose and use them for creating her own fun stockpile of magnets. Heck, if you’ve got a big enough stash of bottle caps, you could create an alphabet magnet set!

Set your bottle caps on a tray or sturdy piece of cardboard. Go ahead and arrange the items in the caps and then really fill them with Mod Podge. Carefully place the caps in a safe and level spot where no one will jiggle or dump them. Those little suckers need about three days (or longer!) to dry. Until then, they are going to look like white gloopy things. But, be patient….

Magically, they will become transparent and all your fun little bits of stuff will be shining through! Slap on a small square of peel-and-stick magnet to the back of that bottle cap and you’re all set to display those special bottle cap magnets on your fridge!

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