Creative Friday: Reusing Bottle Caps

I’m not much of a bottle drinker. I rarely drink soda. But when my cousin handed out Hawaiian lilikoi soda for the holidays I was smitten. Those pretty pink bottles gleamed and was admittedly a nice once-in-awhile sweet treat.

While I forgot to snap a shot of the bottles themselves, I did catch a few photos of their cute vintage hula girl caps. They were definitely save worthy and I realized immediately that they would be the perfect little additions to our refrigerator.

All I needed for this easy craft was a glue glun (which I thankfully already have) and magnets (which I nabbed at Michaels for <$1.50 with a 40% off coupon).

This may be one of the easiest crafts I’ve ever DIM (did it myself).

First, pluck off the soda cap off the bottle (and try to do it at various angles so you’ll minimize distorted caps like this first one).

Then, flip the cap over and glue the magnet on. (These magnets come in 12 pacs and are .5in and 12.7mm.)

Because these magnets were small, I needed two to make them work. You can either glue the second magnet directly atop the first or just put them right on. The magnets hold together nicely without any glue.

Bonus for me: The second set of magnets were already glued together. Love “mistakes” like that.

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Creative Friday: Crafty Clothespins

Have you noticed my laziness lately?

I haven’t been crafting as much as talking about crafting. It’s something this guy reminded me of recently. How much of us are “hiding” behind easy, comfortable tasks because we’re afraid of confronting what’s really important and meaningful in our lives?

{hand raised.} I’m guilty.

I finally decided to bite the bullet and return to my creative ways.

There are so many reasons to do so.

Let me count the ways:

1. It’s good for my mental health.

2. It’s good for my self-confidence.

3. It’s fun!

4. It’s the holidays and there are so many things to be inspired by. {I recently wrote about holiday inspiration and writing for The Writer magazine here.}

But I’m procrastinating again. Could you tell?

Here’s just one more diversion.

I’m obsessed with Pinterest and have been cataloging all of my to-do one day craft list. It’s small, but you can kind of see it here. It’s among the growing list of ways I want to creatively express myself. If you’re on there, look for me here.


Anyway, I finally got to do a super fast and easy craft last night. And it was invigorating. I created crafty mini clothespins from reusing a 2009 Snow and Graham mini calendar, a pair of scissors, hot glue and a bag of leftover mini wooden clothespins.

Here are the results:

It’s not perfect. When have I done anything perfect? But it was fast, cheap and I was able to reuse an old calendar and some leftover clothespins so I’m pretty happy with the results.

One lesson I learned?

Next time, I’m going to try double-sided tape. Less hot glue burns.

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