Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy Sunday! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! I am so excited to be here and show you how to make your own bottle cap push pins. Now this idea is NOT originally mine, it came from Hip Chicks but I loved it and wanted to share it. Please excuse my messy Basic Grey work mat, I had to take all the pictures myself! Here we go!

For this fun project you will need the following items:
  • bottle caps
  • a hammer of some sort
  • Glossy Accents/Crystal Effects or Diamond glaze
  • a circle hole punch that coordinates with how big your bottle caps are (mine were one inch)
  • FLAT backed plain pushpins OR tacks
  • Patterned paper scraps
  • E-6000 adhesive
Step ONE: Using the hammer of your choice flattened the bottle cap. You can also make these without flattening the caps but in my experiment they looked better flattened.

STEP TWO: Centering the design you want on the pushpin, use your circle punch to punch out pattered paper.

STEP THREE: Apply a thin layer of crystal effects/diamond glaze/glossy accents to the entire bottom of the bottle cap. Make sure to cover it all and remove any air bubbles.

STEP FOUR: Gently lay your patterned paper circle in the bottom of the bottle cap while adhesive is still wet. Gently push down to make sure it adheres and to remove any air bubbles.

STEP FIVE: Apply a generous amount of glossy accents/diamond glaze/crystal effects to the top of the patterned paper. Make sure to cover it all but do NOT overfill. Set aside and let dry overnight at least!

STEP SIX: After the glossy accents/diamond glaze/crystal effects has COMPLETELY dried flip the bottle cap over. Using a small drop of the E-6000 adhesive to the back center of the bottle cap.

STEP SEVEN: Adhere the FLAT SIDE of a tack/push pin to the E-6000 adhesive. Allow to dry.

This is what it should look like while drying.

Front when all finished!

Back view. You could also use flat tacks but all I had were these clear pushpins. I did not want to buy anything for this project!

And finally the side view!

Here is side view on the cork board. Again if you use the flat silver tacks the push pin will not protrude as much.

Finished product!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. These were so fun and EASY to make. You could also add buttons, ribbon, flowers, glitter or whatever other embellishment you wished. Make a set of four or six, place in leftover foam from product packaging, wrap and there you go easy peasy Christmas/whenever gift for a favorite friend. I love them. They add so much pop to your cork boards! Thanks for learning with me!


10 Responses to “SHOW ME SUNDAY by Crystal”

TeenaBugg38 said...

how cool! Thanks for sharing...this is something I really need to try out :)

Catherine said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial ! I have got a lot of bottle caps and didn't know what to do with them ! This is a fab idea ! I flattened my by putting a piece of wood on top and stand on it, it does the trick ! Hugs and love from Catherine

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Oh Catherine that would work too! I had some aggression to get out so banging them flat did it for me LOL!

ruth said...

THese are fantastic!!! I'm thinking they would make great magnets too (thinking grandparents for Christmas!). :)

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Ruth yes they can easily be done with magnets and the same adhesive OR put a pin back on them for a funky brooch?

Kim said...

Fabulous project, Crystal...I'm so inspired to try these. They are adorable!
Kim xXx

Fern said...

WOW, Crystal these are awesome!! TFS!!! Hugs!!

CraftyGirl said...

Crystal... these are sooooo fun!! I am going to make some of these with my daughter and turn them into magnets!
barb :)

li-bee-ti said...

Great project, Crystal! I really should try it. It looks so much fun.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [20 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria