I’m always looking for things to do with bottle caps, wine corks and bread tabs. Each has such an interesting design, and each serves such an important, vital function for such a short period of time — it feels somehow wasteful to just dump them in the recycle bin.
A few years back while cruising the DIY section on Pinterest, I saw an adorable craft using bottle caps as picture frames. The crafter cut out a tiny picture, and glued it on the inside of a bottle cap. The wavy part of the cap acted like a tiny frame around the photo. Then, by covering the photo with a specific crafting glue, the image is protected by a clear, epoxy-like surface, similar to glass in a frame. The result is an adorable miniature that can be strung on a necklace, a bracelet or turned into a refrigerator magnet.
What you’ll need:
• 1 photo, about an inch in diameter
• 1 bottle cap
• Inkssentials Glossy Accents
• clear tape (I used packing tape)
• needle nose pliers or sharp tweezers
Step one: Prepare the photo
Using clear tape, cover the portion of your photo you wish to “frame.” Adding the tape is important, as it will keep the photo from possible damage when the Glossy Accents is added in step four.
Next, use the bottle cap as a stencil; place it on the photo and trace around the cap. Finally, cut out the circle you traced.
Step two: Prepare the cap
There are ways to go with this project: either by flattening the bottle cap first, or by leaving it the way it is. In both, you’ll need to remove the plastic insert that is stuck on the inside of the bottle cap.
To flatten: There’s no graceful way to do this, but done right, you’ll have a smashing-good time. Place the bottle cap underside up on a hard, flat surface, and hit it several times with a hammer. After about six good whacks, the bottle cap should be flattened.
Whether flattening or not: Using needle nose pliers or some good tweezers, pry up, remove and discard (recycle) the plastic insert. Set the bottle cap aside.
Step three: Glue down the photo
Cover the backside of the photo completely with glue, and adhere the picture to the underside of the bottle cap. Unless you want to ruin your project completely and scream in frustration, let the glue dry completely before heading on to step four.
Step four: Add the Glossy Accents
When the glue has completely, COMPLETELY dried and is stuck in place on the inside of the bottle cap, starting from the center of the photo, slowly cover the image with the Glossy Accents. This thick, glue-like substance is a “clear, dimensional embellishment,” that, once hardened, acts as an epoxy. As such, bubbles won’t rise to the surface; if they appear on your wet project, take a pin and slowly drag the bubble to the edge of the bottle cap. This will dislodge the air, enabling the surface to dry smoothly.
While drying times vary, I recommend letting the project sit overnight. When wet, the Glossy Accents appears foggy; you’ll know it’s completely dry when the epoxy turns clear. Word to the wise: Do not touch the epoxy while it is drying, as fingerprints and indentations may dry into the project.