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.