When I was younger, one of my favorite things to do was collect bottle caps. Unfortunately, the younger me didn’t know about DIY, so those old caps just sat in a box and went unused for years. Today, I absolutely love finding bottle cap projects that allow me to put those caps to use in creative and gorgeous ways, and that’s why I am thrilled to show you these 25 bottle cap upcycle projects that will add flair to your home and style to your wardrobe.
If you drink soda, or beer for that matter, you may have several bottle caps that you can use for these projects. If you don’t, you can often find these in bags at thrift stores and flea markets for just a couple dollars. Given the scope of some of these projects, a couple of dollars for the bottle caps is a steal, too. Upcycling is one of my favorite things and allows me to keep so much trash from the dump every year. You can turn so much trash into treasure, like these 25 projects you can make from old teacups.
Whether you’re looking for a specific bottle cap project or you just want ideas on what to do with those loads of caps, you’re sure to find some inspiration in these projects. There is everything from garden decor to clocks and coasters and even some beautiful jewelry projects that you can make. If you’ve ever bought bottle cap jewelry, you know it’s not cheap. The DIY way is so much better – meaning cheaper – and you get to customize each piece however you want it. This is why I love to upcycle. It allows you to turn items that you would normally throw out into beautiful new creations, just like these 20 genius ways to upcycle tuna cans.
So, if you love bottle cap projects then you are going to really love this collection. It’s got everything you could imagine to help you use up those bottle caps and give yourself a few new things for the house as well. I hope you love these projects as much as I do and I hope you’ll share which ones you try.
1. Adorable DIY Bottle Cap Garden Flower
This little flower would be an adorable addition to your garden or lawn. You make it with bottle caps and a tin can lid – it’s a great upcycling project. Just bend your bottle caps to make the petals and then attach them all to an upcycled lid. Use different colored bottle caps to create a really unique flower or match them all for a more uniform look.
2. Giant Vintage Bottle Cap Letter
I love the idea of turning vintage bottle caps into these giant monogramed letters. You can create an entire name or just use a letter and these are perfect for decorating your mantel or even putting your name on your front porch. They’re also pretty easy to make and a great way to upcycle those old bottle caps.
3. Upcycled Bottle Cap State Art
Whatever state you live in, this upcycled bottle cap state art is a great way to show your pride of where you are from. These would be great gifts for people who already have everything else and they’re much easier to make than they look. Just outline your state in bottle caps and attach to repurposed wood or slats that you can get for around a dollar each.
4. Vintage Bottle Cap Mirror
This bottle cap lined mirror has a wonderful vintage look to it and you can easily make it with a handful of bottle caps and an oval mirror – or any shape that you desire. You just glue the bottle caps to the frame of the mirror so if you have a mirror that has a relatively wide frame, you can fit more bottle caps in to make it really unique.
5. Unique Recycled Bottle Cap Checkers
Imagine how much fun your checker game will be when you use those bottle caps as checkers. If you know someone who loves the game and is also a huge fan of vintage bottle caps, this is a wonderful gift idea. It’s really simple to put together and gives you a lovely and really unique checker game that is sure to spark conversation when friends and family visit.
6. Bottle Cap Wind Chime
one on Etsy for just over $20 and it’s got tons of bottle caps hanging down. You could also recreate it if you prefer the DIY way with a base and some wire to hang your bottle caps.
7. Easy DIY Bottle Cap Coasters
You can turn those old bottle caps into great coasters and you can design them however you want. You just have to choose your design and then glue the bottle caps all together. Line your design up on cork and then glue the caps down. Then just trim around the design for a great unique coaster.
8. Great Beer Cap Clock
You can turn those old beer caps into a great clock for men who love their brews. Or, you could use soda bottle caps to make it more family friendly. You’ll need a clock kit for this one, or an old clock that you don’t mind repurposing. I love this idea for the family room or even the kitchen above the table. It’s easy and gives you such a unique clock for the home.
9. DIY Bottle Cap Jewelry
Bottle cap jewelry is all the rage in the South and you can find it in many boutiques and specialty stores. Of course, it’s not cheap, which is why this DIY version is a bit better. You can turn those bottle caps into great pendant necklaces or charm bracelets and these are perfect gifts for preteens and teenagers, especially if you use the bottle caps of their favorite sodas.
10. Upcycled Bottle Cap Neon Necklace
Here’s another wonderful way to turn those bottle caps into jewelry. This one uses the inside of the bottle cap, which you paint a bright neon color. Little girls and adults alike are going to love the uniqueness of this one and it’s so easy to make.
11. Gorgeous Bottle Cap Wreath
Turn those bottle caps into this beautiful wreath. I love this idea, especially for hanging in a man cave or den. You can easily create a wreath from your bottle caps by just hot gluing them to a wreath form. Or, you can check out this really neat one that I found on Etsy for just $45. It’s already put together for you.
12. DIY Bottle Cap Picture Frames
Turn old ordinary frames into extraordinary gifts with your bottle caps. You just need a standard frame, which you can get at the Dollar Store for under a dollar in most cases. Then just use hot glue to attach bottle caps all around the outside. This creates a very unique and very beautiful frame that is perfect for displaying your favorite family photos.
13. Adorable Bottle Cap Candles
Those little bottle caps make the perfect candle base. You just pour wax into the cap over a short wick. These are great for decorating for weddings or just adding a little style to your home. They’re also perfect if you want a floating candle scene. Because the bottle caps are so light, they will float perfectly and give you a lovely light at the same time.
14. Whimsical Vintage Bottle Cap Earrings
We’ve seen some lovely necklaces made from bottle caps, so how about some earrings? If you have a few bottle caps that match, you can create these lovely and really whimsical bottle cap earrings. You’ll need a few jewelry making supplies to make them. They’re great as gifts for preteens or teenagers or just wear them yourself and show off your bottle cap style.
15. DIY Cheap And Easy Bottle Cap Table
This bottle cap table may be my favorite thing ever and you can make it from a repurposed side table. Just glue your bottle caps to the top, making whatever design you want to showcase. This would be a great kids’ table or you could use beer caps to make a nice side table for the man cave or garage.
16. Upcycled Bottle Cap Pins
Turn those caps into stylish pins! You just take your bottle cap of choice and glue it to a safety pin. These are great for showing off those vintage bottle caps. I found this one on Etsy, and it’s under $3, which is well worth the price given that you won’t have to do the gluing yourself. If you do prefer the DIY way, this is sure to be a relatively easy project.
17. Upcycled Bottle Cap Birdhouse
Kids are going to love helping create this little birdhouse that has a roof of bottle caps. It’s colorful and fun and you make it with a wooden birdhouse and those old bottle caps that you have on hand. Just let the little ones glue or nail (help them if they’re nailing) the caps to the top of the birdhouse and you have a really decorative house for your feathered friends and a great decoration for your garden.
18. DIY Bottle Cap Kitchen Magnets
Turn those old bottle caps into wonderful magnets for the fridge. You can use them as they are and just glue in a magnet to the inside or turn them over and glue the magnet to the outside and then decorate the inside with pictures or whatever you want. This is a really easy project and a wonderful way to add some rustic whimsy to the kitchen.
19. Unique Bottle Cap Pin Cushion Ring
I literally have never seen anything like this great pin cushion ring that you can make from a bottle cap. This is a great thing to have on hand when you’re sewing, especially if you don’t have another set of hands to help. The best thing is that this only takes about five minutes to put together and it’s a real time saver when you’re sitting at the sewing machine.
20. Mini Bottle Cap Picture Frames
Small black and white photos look great inside bottle caps and then you can turn them into magnets or thumbtacks. Use them to keep your office organized and always have little mementos of your family and friends nearby. These are so easy to make and would make a wonderful gift for grandparents or aunts and uncles.
21. Upcycled Bottle Cap Key Chain
I love these personalized key chains that are made with your favorite photo and an old bottle cap. You can do these yourself, and add in decorations like beads and other trinkets or you could just grab this one that I found on Etsy. It’s just $6 and you can add your photo of choice when it arrives.
22. Bottle Cap Fishing Lures
These fishing lures that you can make from bottle caps would be the perfect gift for the fisherman in your family. You just bend the bottle caps and then add your lure hardware like hooks and other such gadgets. He’ll love how unique these are and you will love being able to give him something that really fits with his personality.
23. Bottle Cap Mini Pies
Turn those bottle caps into the most adorable little pie pans you’ve ever seen. This is a wonderful idea for decorating the fridge or as magnets in the office. Kids are going to love these as well and they’re not difficult to make, despite their intricate details. Note, you can’t really eat these little pies but they certainly do look realistic.
24. Easy Upcycled Jewelry Organizer
You’re going to love this jewelry organizer that you can make from bottle caps. Not only is it stylish and a great way to upcycle those bottle caps, it’s also really functional and will help you to keep your jewelry organized and on hand where you can grab it easily. You just glue bottle caps to cardboard and then paint whatever color you want for a great organizer that takes less than half an hour to make.
25. Fun Vintage Bottle Cap Whistle
Turn those vintage bottle caps into these fun whistles that your kids are going to love. You’ll love how easy these are to make and your little ones will adore playing with them. You’ll need two bottle caps and a soda can to make each one. It’s a great project to upcycle a number of things that you would normally throw out.