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: Homemade Valentine’s Cards

I thought about sending traditional Valentine’s Day cards from the store this year. It was a no-brainer. But when I really thought about it, it just didn’t make any sense. I had hundreds of extra envelopes leftover from my wedding invitations and Paper-Source blank bookmarks that I never used. Thinking that it would be cheaper and more personal to create my own, I decided to scrap my original boring idea and work on a homemade bookmark/V-day card instead.

Here are the results:

The middle cards were super easy. For the second time, I reused old mini calendars (because I loved the graphic design on them), and cut mini hearts out of the leftovers. I used double-sided tape to adhere them to the premade bookmarks and then tied leftover wedding ribbon through each. The bookmark on the right was hand-painted and the first bookmark on the left was created with beads, leftover cross-stitch thread, paint and hearts from the mini calendars. They were the perfect recipe for reuse and upcycle Valentine’s day cards.

I just threw in a local chocolate and the bookmark into these perfectly sized wedding invite envelopes and I was done. Hope my family likes them!

Oh and I found leftover labels too. It was a great way to add my stamp and send them off with a short message.

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