Bottlecap Magnets

I should start by saying that I am NOT a hoarder. The difference, of course, being shelving. If I were a hoarder – which I am not – my giant tub of used bottlecaps would be on the floor under a pile of old magazines, not organized on a shelf beside a pile of old magazines. Excuse me – vintage magazines.

How I came to have three million bottlecaps is another story for another day. Today, I wanna talk magnets.

I have been waiting to do a magnet project for aaaages, but the opportunity hadn’t presented itself until recently when the lovely Ellen approached me about putting together a craft for an event. This was it – a chance to make a dent in my bottlecap collection by making upcycled bottlecap magnets. It was also an opportunity to do some digital creating, which I’m always hesitant to do because paper and glue is my thing. Could I get the same satisfaction from virtual paper? Turns out I could!

The event that these are for celebrates the new Canada Food Guide, so I wanted to include some of the messaging from the Food Guide (eat with others, eat mindfully), along with some rah-rah-agriculture messaging (and a few puns thrown in for good measure.) Armed with a mouse and some free image downloads, I came up with a series of graphics to go in the bottlecaps.

It was a bit of trail and error to get the template made, but once it was good to go, I came up with 9 different designs to fit my theme and sent them off to the printer. I am absolutely thrilled with how they came out and, to be completely honest, I didn’t really miss the cutting/stamping/gluing part of the process.

After that, it was just a matter of gluing magnets to bottlecaps, punching out the graphics, and assembling the little kits… and making the FIMO canola flowers. (I couldn’t resist getting my hands dirty for at least part of the project.) By the time you read this, 33 dietitians will have the cutest little custom magnet sets on their fridges.

As Seen on TV – Upcycled Jewelry Display

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk about upcycling on CTV Morning Live. I took a few projects with me, but this one has received the most attention. Made from a kitchen drawer and a handful of salvaged hardware, it’s an awesome project, perfect for beginners or anyone with a desire to turn trash into treasure!

Click here to learn how to make it: Upcycled Jewelry Display