Thursday, November 27, 2014
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10 Uses for Bottle Caps

Photo: Jennifer C./Flickr

The pop of a cap rocketing off a beer or old-fashioned soda, followed by the hiss of carbonation, is a familiar sound, but what happens next? If you're a tidier, like me, you probably toss the cap into the recycling (or possibly the trash)...or you leave it out until you feel like cleaning up. Either way, you're probably used to thinking of bottle caps as useless disposable items, there only to keep your beverages under compression until you're ready to drink them.



Think again! Here's a list of some unexpected, fun, and useful ways to give bottle caps a second life.

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1. Backsplashes



Want memories of beers gone by? Try embedding their caps in your walls! Your Charlotte tile specialist might be game for an adventure, or you can create a DIY backsplash using bottle caps (face out, of course) to add a quirky note to your kitchen.



2. Bar or counter top



As with a backsplash, bottle caps can be used to make the surface of a bar, counter top, or table. Since they can become magnets for grime when people are setting food and drinks on them, consider mounting a piece of glass or acrylic over the bottle cap display to protect them.



3. Basket or bowl



If you have a lot of bottle caps, you can run them together to create a very cool basket for storage and display. It might not be very practical for carrying things around due to weight, but that's more than made up for in how neat it looks!



4. Tiny votives



Have some old candles you need to use up? Recycle them into thumbnail votives by placing wicks in bottle caps and pouring wax over them. Your tiny candles will make for eye-catching décor, and they'll last about an hour and a half.



5. Magnets



Need low-profile magnets for the fridge, but don't want to look at plain old magnets from the hardware store? Glue bottle caps on them for a little color and visual interest. Face out to keep a collection of interesting lids, or face in and use the interiors to personalized magnets.



6. Planter



I love this bottle cap planter, made by wiring caps together and stringing them across support struts. Good for indoor or outdoor use, it provides plants with room to grow, and space to drain evenly. (If crumbling soil becomes an issue, the planter can be lined with hardware cloth.)



7. Floors

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