Crafts: Bottle Cap Flower

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I’ve been making bottle cap flowers. In my craft stash I had a lot of old caps from years ago. I had enough to make three flowers, one a bit smaller than the others. Now I’m on the hunt for more bottle caps. Problem is there just aren’t as many products that have those old fashioned caps anymore.

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You need a supply of bottle caps, pliers to squash the caps, and a lid to glue them onto. I use E6000 glue, but it doesn’t dry instantly like a glue gun, so you need to keep the items flat till totally dried. I have a can opener that takes the lid off and doesn’t leave a sharp edge on either the lid or the can. It was well worth the money. The lids can be used for all sorts of crafts.

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Put the bottle cap into the pliers and with a gentle squeeze the cap will fold over. Don’t push too hard as you want the cap to be open a little bit.

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Glue one bottle cap into the centre of a can lid. I have the type of can opener that doesn’t leave any sharp edges on the lid or the can. Then glue ten caps around the outside of the centre flat cap cap. Depending on the size of the lid you may use more or less than 10 squashed bottle caps. The third flower I made used a smaller lid and fewer caps.

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The next thing is how and where to display them. The fence garden is my first thought as that is where I put all the old tools.

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This photo was take in May 2019 and you can see the old rusty flower (made from a Quality Street tin) and my log owl, which uses tin can lids for the eyes.

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Magnets were added to the back of the flower so they would stick. And I finally decided to display the bottle cap flowers on the old metal mailbox by the front door.

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The driftwood key chime hangs underneath the Welcome sign made from a piece of driftwood from the Esquimalt Lagoon in Victoria, BC.

I found this great bottle cap flower idea at Crafts by Amanda.

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Lots of garden whimsy.

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18 Responses

  1. Karen Skowron

    Morning Linda

    What a lovely surprise to go into my email this morning and have bottle cap flowers winking at me. And see your garden. Yes, a good way of keeping in touch. I got out one of my gardening books a few days ago to look up a plant I could not recall the name of (lad’s love is one of its names…?) and came across lists of past garden contents. Some from years ago. I have limited balcony space at the moment. Scarlett runner beans are planned. I have a few saved from last year and a friend gave me a new packet so will do some of both and see what comes up. Do save seeds from year to year?

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Karen, we have had a few cold, windy and snowy days, thank goodness the snow hasn’t lasted, but I sure wish it would warm up. I do save seeds, certainly not as many as I used to. I love scarlet runner beans, got my original seeds from my Uncle Joe in
      England and have been growing them ever since. I also got a lot of seeds from daughter’s neighbour when she lived in Sooke. I did a post a few years ago about the beans. She now lives in Langford and said it was about 18 Celsius yesterday.

      The new owners of the church up from us have done lots of renovations, one I was sad to see happen was the painting over of the images on the front door that Dennis had painted there.

      Hope your beans grow well.

  2. Myrtle

    You have done a great job with the bottlecap and the lids Linda You are such a great crafter, limitless ideas Linda

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks Myrt, they were quick and easy to make, just wish I had more bottle caps so I could make more. It’s a rainy Sunday, so wondering what I can make today 🙂

  3. Vondean Erickson

    Hi Linda,
    Such a wonderful work of art you have done. I enjoyed it very much.
    We got more rain last night into the morning. We need it here but would enjoy some sunshine once in awhile.


    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Vondean, it is a rainy Sunday here. Sure do wish it would warm up a bit and dry up so I could get out into the garden. Succulents are lovely, hope the ones your neighbour gave you take. Good you got your afghan finished, I just got some yarn to start on one as a Christmas gift for a daughter. Great idea to use up fabric you already have. It is times like this that I’m glad for all the supplies in my craft room. Stay safe, and have a good day.

  4. Allyson

    Your fence art garden has really unique items and your bottle cap flowers will fit right in with your awesome upcycles.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Lucy, it was a great way to use up things that have been on the shelf for years. Now I wish I had more bottle caps and I’d love to do a display outside, but ran out of caps. Need to find a suitable substitute. Enjoy your fresh air breaks on your doorstep each morning.

  5. Margie

    What a cool way to repurpose old bottle caps. Maybe these types of bottle caps will make a comeback.

  6. Michelle

    What a fun craft idea. These metal flowers are so cute!

    Thank you for sharing on Creative Compulsions!

  7. Donna via Funky Junk Interiors

    A true junk project always gets my attention! ADORE these flowers! And they look so good on stuff! I must try…

    I’ve featured this project in this weekend’s DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 543. Thanks for linking up!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks very much for the feature. I love making things out of junk or recycled items for my garden.

  8. Creatively Beth

    Thank you for this tutorial, now I know what to do with all those bottle caps I have been saving! I’d love for you to share over at our Wednesday to Sunday weekly Creative Linky Party
    Have a great weekend!
    Creatively, Beth

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Beth, thanks for letting me know about the Creative Linky Party, I’ve popped over and joined in.

  9. Vondean Erickson

    Hi Linda,

    I was looking at some of the things you have done with your stash of things you have saved. The bottle caps brought back memoirs of getting them on our bottles. I knew a friend who would make things out of them so we saved them for her. She has since passed away and I can not remember what she made. Old age has caught up with me. Also plastic caps have taken over.

    I do want you to know I will be thinking of you when you have your surgery.
    Take care

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