Start saving all those bottle caps and turn them into beautiful works of art. The kids may need some help from an adult for this craft. It will make a great project for a group or just one on one.
Piece of plywood at least 18” square
2 ¾” screws
E-6000 or a Hot glue gun
Lots of bottle caps
Buttons, Brads & Rhinestones
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Ultra Thin Glue Dots
Smooth any rough spots on the surface of your plywood using sandpaper, and then wipe the dust off with an old cloth. Seal the front surface of the plywood with two coats of white paint before starting your project. You can use primer or acrylic craft paint with a foam craft brush and allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.
Once the paint is dry, you need to make a rough sketch of the design you want to create using light pencil markings.
Paint the sketched butterfly using two coats of acrylic craft paint. The paint job doesn’t have to be perfect as it is only meant to add a pop of color in the spaces that peek through between the bottle caps. Paint the remaining background area, as well.
After the paint is dry, start filling in the spaces with bottle caps to create your butterfly mosaic. Once you have an arrangement that you’re pleased with, adhere the bottle caps one by one to the plywood using E-6000 (in a well ventilated area) or a hot-glue gun.
As you can see, many bottle caps come with printing on the underside of the label, or the underside is grey or light blue even though the cap may a completely different color.
Fiskars Kid’s Car Circle Punch creates the perfect sized circles for the inside of the caps coming from plastic water and soda bottles. Just punch circles from cardstock or cardstock-weight patterned paper and stick to the inside of the cap using ultra-thin glue dots.
To create the butterfly’s eyes, you should pre-drill the screw holes using the kid-friendly Hand Drill. Once you have a pilot hole drilled, it will be quite simple to screw the wood screws in using a Phillips head screwdriver.
Finish the additional face details using buttons, brads, or self-adhesive rhinestone gems.
Detail Image of Butterfly’s FaceFirst, you’ll want to smooth any rough spots on the surface of your plywood using sandpaper, and then wipe the dust off with an old cloth. Seal the front surface of the plywood with two coats of white paint before starting your project. You can use primer or acrylic craft paint with a foam craft brush and allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.
This craft was designed by Tania Willis and is reprinted courtesy of Fiskars.