These cute little bottle cap necklaces are super easy to make. The secret is epoxy dots, from the scrap booking section at Hobby Lobby. They look like I used real epoxy, but these epoxy dots kept me from having to deal with the mess, stink and waiting time of the real stuff.
My supplies are shown above. It looks like a lot, but Hobby Lobby was has all their jewelry supplies half off this week, and scrapbooking paper is 40% off. I used a 40% off coupon on the E-6000 glue. I even bought two packs of the chains and bottlecaps (not shown here). Total spent was just over $14. This is going to give me enough materials to make 8 necklaces (with some supplies left over), so I think that’s a pretty good deal!
- Spare Parts brand epoxy stickers
- Bottle cap bezels
- 24″ x 2.4 mm ball chains
- E-6000 glue
- scrapbooking paper
First, take a sheet of epoxy sticker dots, and play around with it over top of your scrapbooking paper. Find an area that you like how it looks within the circle. Then, carefully peal the epoxy sticker up and stick it to the paper. The epoxy sticker is already sticky, so be sure that you’re putting it exactly where you want it.
UPDATE: I ran into one main problem with scrapbook paper – the cutest designs didn’t have enough plain space around them to cut out and fit in my circle. This cupcake pattern was so adorable, but I didn’t want a bunch of partial cupcakes around the edges of my circle. So, I just cut it out, glued it to plain white copy paper.
Next, turn your paper over, and burnish it with something clean and smooth. I used a combination of a large plastic crochet hook on its side, and my hand inside of my sweater. You want to get the paper to completely seal to the dot, so that there aren’t any tiny air bubbles.
After it’s good and stuck, carefully cut around the paper with your scissors. I tried tracing the dot before sticking, and cutting out the paper separately, but my pencil kept smearing on the paper. If you have a 1″ craft punch, then use that. Otherwise, I recommend cutting after the epoxy sticker has been applied.
In order to prevent the dark color of the bottle cap from showing through on your pretty paper, you’ll need to put some white cardstock in between. Using the scrapbooking paper dot as a template, trace a circle onto white cardstock. Cut the cardstock slightly smaller than the epoxy sticker. You don’t want it to show around the edges (though it will in my photos – this wasn’t my best attempt!).
Using your E-6000 glue, put a pea sized dot onto the cardstock, and glue the scrapbook paper/expoxy sticker combo on top.
Add another pea sized amount of the E-6000 glue to the inside of the bottle cap bezel. Pay close attention to where the jump ring is attached, since that will be the top. Then glue the cardstock/scrapbook paper/epoxy sticker combo into the bottle cap. Press carefully, and quickly wipe away any glue that might seep out.
Let dry, and insert your ball chain.
And that’s it! Keep one (or more!) for yourself, and the rest will make very cute and inexpensive gifts.
I’m also planning to recycle some real bottle caps into magnets using this same method.
UPDATE: Here are a few more designs that I finished. I timed myself this time, and I finished 6 in an hour. That’s a lot of gifts in not a lot of time!