I’ve had bottle cap magnets on my list for some time now as a cute project to make. It just so happens that in April I’m hosting two Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week workshops where we are making wall mounted bottle openers, and these magnets make a perfect beer-themed giveaway for the Pop Crafters who attend.
My inspiration for these magnets came from one that was given to me from my friend Amber. She was living in Albuquerque and when I saw her she gave me this magnet, with the message, “I thought you needed a little Jesus in your life.”
They’re really easy to make, here’s what you’ll need:
- 1″ Bottle caps
- Pictures or laser print outs, cut 1″ in diameter circles
- Glitter and confetti (optional)
- Pourable resin
- Super glue
- Mixing cups and stir stick
Pictures and Glitter
In my project, I’m making a whole bunch of these, 144 to be exact. It’s easy to scale this down to whatever batch size you need.
First, pick out some pictures that will be the center of your magnet. I used color laser print outs, but photographs or cut outs from a magazine would also work. I haven’t tested this with ink jet print outs so I can’t attest to how they will perform. Cut each image to a 1 inch circle.
Lay the pictures in the inside of the bottle caps. You can layer on glitter and confetti to give the magnets a little extra dimension and sparkle. To do this, I just poured a small amount of glitter in each cap and then spread it around to the edges with my finger. I added a few pieces of confetti, and this can be done either before or after pouring the resin.
Fill with Resin
If your bottle caps are not already sitting on a few sheets of newspaper, make that happen. Resin is sticky and hard to get off of things, like table tops and hands. You’ll also want a few extra sheets of newspaper handy to transfer any poured caps to where they can cure.
I used EasyCast Resin, which you mix together in equal parts of resin and hardener. Other resins require different proportions of resin to hardener, so always follow the directions on the resin you have! Mix this with disposable stuff, like plastic cups and popsicle sticks. I used 8 oz of resin, and was able to fill about 70 caps.
Once mixed, pour the resin carefully into your bottle caps so they are almost full. Keep an eye on the pictures inside the caps. After a few minutes, some of mine began to float up because there was air trapped underneath the paper. While the resin is still liquid, use a popsicle stick to push down on the picture gently and the air bubble will raise up and out of the resin. Pop any big bubbles that hang around on the top.
After the pictures are staying down and all of your resin is poured, transfer the full caps to a clean sheet of newspaper. If there are copious amounts of excess resin on the bottom of any cap, try to wipe it off before you let it set. Walk away and let the resin cure, in my case this was 24 hours.
Make them magnetic
Once your resin is fully cured, you can flip over the caps and add magnets. I used a 3/4″ ceramic magnets for mine. Add a dab of super glue to the middle of each cap and then place the magnet on top. Since the caps are made of metal the magnets will stick, and you don’t need to hold them in place while the glue sets (bonus). Let the glue dry completely.
Enjoy your magnets, or give them as gifts!