bottle cap brooch tutorial

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I made this tutorial before going to artfest, but never had time to post it.  These were one of my artfest trades and they disappeared very quickly. I had several people asking how I made them, and with what, so I thought I’d share.

First, since we rarely drink soda or beer, it took me a really LONG time to collect the bottle caps that I had. We did just recently discover Virgil’s root beer and cream soda, so I may get more bottle caps over the summer. The stuff is really good. You can’t have an outdoor picnic without a little cream soda or root beer, right?

spray painted bottle caps

You’ll need:

bottle caps, spray paint (optional), mod podge or matte medium, small circle cutter (3/4″), pretty paper, printed words, white glue, glitter, sticker gems, glass glaze, artificial flowers, brooch pin backs, hot glue gun.

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Using mod podge or matte medium, glue paper circles into center. Allow to dry.

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Print and cut out words of choice. Glue into place. Allow to dry.

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Outline circle edge with white glue and sprinkle on your favorite glitter (mine is the Martha Stewart kind).

Add a sparkly gem if desired. Allow glitter/glue/gem to dry completely. Brush off excess glitter if needed.

Fill in with diamond glaze or glass glaze from Sun & Moon craft kits (which I like a lot better). I put just enough to cover glitter. Allow to dry overnight (or at least 4 hours).

When completely dry, glue on flower and brooch pin back with a hot glue gun.

Now shake off any negative vibes, put your sparkly flower brooch on and don’t forget to shine brightly!

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23 Responses to bottle cap brooch tutorial

  1. Frannie says:

    Lovely blog. Fun, colorful, makes me want to come and visit more often.
    Frannie
    http://www.thoughtfulhearts.blogspot.com

  2. elsa says:

    Pretty brooches and loved seeing the process ~ have a lovely day!

  3. Kim says:

    I was lucky enough to get one of your pins and I just love it. I am still wearing it on my jacket and get compliments all the time! Thanks for showing us all how to make them. What a beautiful idea!

  4. BONITAROSE says:

    thks for the tutorial.. these are fabulous… beautiful ness.. right here! xo hugs happy thursday to you!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I love these!! somehow I totally missed seeing you at ArtFest, but I’m not surprised; you probably “sold out” of them really quickly! I love seeing the process pics, too– and the diamond glaze is a great idea to help keep the glitter in place– I will definitely be using that idea!

  6. April Cole says:

    These are adorable! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. Bottle caps… how cool it that!! :]

  7. collette says:

    I loved your flowers brooches and That was lovely of you to share….

  8. Michelle says:

    Very pretty, no wonder they went quickly! Makes me giggle, though, because I bet you were sneezing glitter for a week after you make these!

  9. Hey Love, I have a lot of bottle caps. You can have some if you want them. Miss your face.

  10. Hey, Regina! Thanks for the blog comment! And thanks for publishing this tutorial… might even get me brave enough to use glitter. It’s not really in my standard toolkit. And if you’re up for a drive in August, I’ll be in Phoenix for Art Unraveled… would love to see you! Sending lots of positive thoughts for your Artfest proposals!!! :) -Shelly

  11. Jessica says:

    I love it! I can feel the good energy just flowing from and through this post!

  12. Those are SO cute! We’ve been collecting bottle caps for years without knowing what to do with them. :)

  13. lulu says:

    Nice tutorial! Thanks for the tip about the glass glaze!

  14. michelle says:

    great tutorial! wow, that glaze looks way easier than the two part epoxy and seems to have the same effect! hope you had a wonderful Easter. xoxo

  15. bonitarose says:

    question for you.. what size did you use to print these so they would fit well inside the bottlecap?

  16. Rachel says:

    Ooh pretty! I love this idea. Thanks so much for the details, I’ll be linking. And WOW do I ever love your header! It might be my favorite blog header ever… swoon!

  17. Linda Blalock says:

    Would also be really cute with an initial or a picture of your grandchild or child!

  18. Peg Opalka says:

    If you check your directory, look for a company that may sell beer making supplies. they sell bottlecaps, unused for really cheap. That is is you don’t want to drink all that soda! Love the project!

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  20. Linda says:

    Hello!
    We don’t drink anything with the caps either but when I wanted to get started, I called the local bar and they were happy to set aside a night’s worth of tops for us. Maybe a bar near you will be as well.

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    We will also be happy to cooperate with your blog such as adding its link to our site.
    All the best,
    Diane

  22. Sharanda says:

    These are absolutely fabulous!! Very cute idea. I found this page via Pinterest. :)

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