Here's a simple DIY for making bottle cap key chains. Ours says "Life is Good" but yours can say whatever you like. Promote your cause, support your favorite team or just give some flair to your key chain! Add any design you'd like to that 1 inch diameter space. It's just waiting for you to fill it!
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Individual items are listed below:
- Bottle Caps or Bottle Cap Pendants
- Split Ring
- Bottle Cap Images (use ours or use your own :0)
- Epoxy Dots (optional)
- Key Chain
- 1" Circle Punch (optional)
- E6000 Glue (or other adhesive)
- 1/16" Metal Punch (optional) If you are making your own pendant(s) you may want to use this slick tool for punching a small clean hole in the edge of the cap. *See photos below
STEP 1: Making Your Bottle Cap a PendantYou have two options...
Option #1 Buy a bottle cap pendant (Split Ring connector is already attached)
Option #2 Create your own pendant. *Shown in the steps below.
Punch a hole in the edge of your cap.
Position the tool between the grooves on the skirt of the cap and lightly squeeze.
Voila! You have a beautiful, nice clean 1/16" hole in your bottle cap.
Next, there are a couple options for attaching the Split Ring to your Bottle Cap...
Option #1 is to use your finger nail and feed the coil of the Split Ring onto the cap. This works fine if you are only making a few key chains, but if you're making lots of key chains you might want to consider using the Split Ring Tool. And so of course...
Option #2 is to use the Split Ring Tool. It's pretty simple, it saves your fingernails and you can get really fast at it. There's a quick tutorial here if you'd like to see how to use a Split Ring Tool.
STEP 2: Assemble Your Key ChainOnce you've added the Split Ring to your cap, feed the small end of the Key Chain through the ring as shown below. Now the key chain is all prepped to add your design!
STEP 3: Punch Image, Adhere Epoxy Sticker, Glue Image to Bottle CapThis could be three steps but they're so quick and simple that I'll combine them into one step with three pictures. I like pictures!
Punch Your Image
Use a 1" Circle punch or cut with scissors.
Adhere the Epoxy Dot sticker to the bottle cap image.
Be careful not to touch the sticky side of the dot.
Glue the Bottle Cap Image into the Cap.
Make sure to let the glue dry for about 10 mins. If you are using E6000 just a very thin coat will work perfectly. It works best if you don't put glue all the way to the edges of the bottle cap because if it squishes out around the top of the Epoxy Dot, it can react with the Epoxy and do weird things to the image sometimes.