Oddly enough, this project came about because of Sandy. Andy and I walked to the beach everyday to investigate the clean up process (see more here). After seeing all of the debris, I decided to start collecting stuff. Sadly, plastic bottle caps are are a dime a dozen on the beach after a storm. I picked them up in handfuls.
Making a bottle cap tree is easy. All you need is:
- bottle caps in all sizes
- rhinestones (I used Tulip self stick crystals, they come in rows!)
- marker (for the trunk)
- hot glue gun
- white card stock
Paint ’em. I painted them different shades of green. I just added white to one shade of green and painted a few each shade.
This is not necessary (or really even that helpful), but I was trying to find a way to put the bottle caps in the same order I had them before I painted. I ended up making up a new shape, oh well.
Draw a trunk on with marker. Make it longer than you think you want it. Then, use the glue gun to glue on your bottle caps to a piece of card stock.
I made a little bow out of scrap ribbon, and glued it to the top. I piled on the bottle caps. I like the layered look.
Now, it’s time to decorate. I just peeled off the self adhesive crystal strips and stuck ’em on the tree! Easy as pie.
I taped my bottle cap tree on top of the glass of this frame. It had a green border, and was about the right size, perfect!
I just taped the piece of card stock to the outside of the glass of an existing frame. (Like I did with the computer key pumpkin.) It’s a real C.R.A.F.T., nice and free! Have you ever made anything with bottle caps? How’s the Christmas decorating going? Do you make decorations or buy them? I’d love to hear…