I love Christmas family cards because it showcases my friends and their families as they grow over the years. The whole family is dressed up and looking their best. The only problem is that the cards sit in a drawer, get tucked away in a box, or even get tossed in the trash. Looking at these photos, I wanted to recycle them into something that I can look at daily, so I made these Recycled Christmas Card Bottle Cap Magnets and literally turn trash to treasure.
This project takes some time; days in fact. It takes a while because I, of course, took the cheap route! I chose to use decoupage medium because it was already in my craft closet. For quicker results, you can use resin.
Here are the materials you need:
- Bottle Caps
- Decoupage medium like Mod Podge
- Old pictures
- A half inch circle craft punch
- Strong adhesive, like E 6000
First, fill each bottle cap ¾ of the way with decoupage medium. Gently lift and tap the cap on your counter to even and smooth out the glue. This also helps eliminate small air bubbles. Set them aside (I waited 24 hours). Meanwhile, use the craft punch to punch out pictures that you would like to use. You don’t have to use pictures for this. I have also tried patterned scrapbook paper and small stickers. You can even use magazine photos as well.
Once the glue has hardened (it doesn’t have to be COMPLETELY hardened), put another small dab of glue on top and insert your photo. Add another layer of glue. Again, gently tap the bottle cap to a hard surface to even and smooth out the glue.
Allow the second layer to dry. This time, I waited 48 hours. This photo shows the 24 hour mark. Next, attach the magnets to the back of the bottle cap using a strong adhesive. The glue will dry completely clear over time (approximately 48-72 hours).
Consider packaging these cute magnets in a small treat bag with a personalized label and give as homemade gifts!