Monday, October 1, 2012

Super-easy Bottlecap Magnet Tutorial

So, you've spent a good amount of money and time hunting down awesome beverages, and then you've drunk them, and now you've got nothing left to show for it.  But wait... did you save the bottle caps?  Then here is a quick craft project for you!

Supplies!

Supplies needed:

1) Bottle caps (try to pick the flattest ones you have)
2) Hot glue gun
3) Hot glue sticks (several)
4) Round magnets

Hot glue is hot.  Just sayin'.


Step 1:  Turn your bottle cap upside down.  Put in a nice big pile of hot glue, keeping it as round and even as you can.  DO NOT at this point put in your magnet.  First of all, these magnets are not quite tall enough to keep the pointy sides of the bottle cap from touching the magnetic surface you're intending to attach these to.  And secondly, because when the magnet snaps down into that puddle of hot glue, it's going to get all over your fingers and that crap hurts.



I think it's looking at me...

Step 2:  Wait until the glue inside the bottle cap has cooled and solidified.  Now, put a dot of hot glue on the magnet, and press the magnet, glue side down, into the bottle cap.  Try to keep the magnet as level as you can.  Hot glue is pretty forgiving here, and if you don't get it right, you can wait for it to cool down, pop out the magnet and try again.

Fancy!  ;p
Step 3:  Find a magnetic surface (a refrigerator is really the perfect home for these), and enjoy your new magnets!