These DiY bottle cap magnets make a fun and fast gift to make for anyone on your holiday gifting list. You can make them using any kind of bottle caps, such as sodas or beer. Seriously, you can do this in five minutes and have a good gift. Of course, if you have a little more time to spend, there is a lot you can do with this in half an hour. Bottle cap magnets are an easy DiY project.
I have a lot of magnets. You probably do too. So why are these a good gift? Easy: they are the ones I use the most. Those thin, floppy ones that you get from the pizza delivery place don’t hold anything. And all the cutesy-shaped ones break, eventually. Or the kids “borrow” them. These diy bottle cap magnets will hold just about anything you want on the refrigerator and they won’t break.
Bottle cap magnets
- heavy round magnets (3/4-inch diameter by 1/4-inch thick)
- metal bottle caps from any beverage
- You can also find cute ones made just for crafting, like these polka dot bottle caps.
- superglue or E-6000
I won’t go into steps here because there is really only one. I will include some tips though. Simply glue a magnet to the inside of each bottle cap. Allow it to set for the time indicated on the glue package, or overnight.
Tip: For the Shiner set, I just glued and was done. The edge of the caps sits right against the refrigerator surface. If you prefer, fold back the edges, like on my soda bottle caps. I believe there is an easy tool that you can just squish the caps in, but unless you are making a lot of them, it probably isn’t worth the cost. I used a pair of pliers to fold mine back. Just go slowly so you don’t scratch the paint off.
Look for unique caps – from a favorite local brew, a childhood favorite soda or something meaningful. Some caps aren’t as exciting as others, but once you start looking, you might discover that some are more interesting than you thought.
For really funky vintage bottle caps, check out antique and junk shops. That’s where I got my soda ones.
Get creative with gift packaging. A gift card tin or another small metal container would make a cute (and magnetic) way to display your magnets.
If you have a little more time, other objects can be glued onto the top of the bottle caps. Mod podge scrapbook paper. Glue on buttons or plastic toys. Attach something else handmade, like felt fruit and vegetables.
This is part of my 12 weeks of handmade Christmas gifts series. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out the other posts in the series for more creative gift ideas.
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