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DIY Bottle Cap Magnets

DIY Bottle Cap Magnets

Step One:

Gather your supplies!



You Will Need:

  • E-6000 GLUE
    A strong adhesive perfect for securely attaching your magnets and images to your bottle cap. *3D Crystal Lacquer can also be used.
  • MAGNETS
    Neodymium Magnets are super strong and have a slim profile.
  • IMAGES, PHOTOS, MIXED MEDIA ITEMS
    The fun part! Magazines, scrap papers, photos, Bottle Cap Co Images, Etsy sellers, buttons, beads and charms are all great inspiration for bottle cap magnet sets.

You Might Want:

  • PAPER PUNCH
    The circle paper punches are quick and fun but if you don't want to use one simply stick your epoxy dot over your desired image and then, using the epoxy dot as your guide, cut out your image with scissors instead.
  • CLEAR EPOXY DOTS
    These are perfect for sealing photos and flat paper images. Buy Premium Epoxy Dots, instead of Standard, if you don't want them to yellow over time.
  • 3D CRYSTAL LACQUER
    This product works as an adhesive to glue your magnet to your cap, as well as your image sealer. Apply a thin coat, or fill your cap, either way works great. Just watch out for bubbles as it dries!
    *Note: Do not seal photos/paper designs with 3D Crystal Lacquer unless they have been printed on a laser copier/printer or a press. The image will most likely blur out over time. (Magazines, scrap papers and supplies are safe to use.)
  • CABOCHONS
    Acrylic or glass cabochons are cool! Use 3D Crystal Laquer to adhere them to your design/photo.



Step Two:

Punch out images with your 1" Circle Punch. Choose from our assortment of bottle cap images, use scrap papers, photos, magazines... pick something inspiring!!



Then glue the designs into your bottle cap using either the 3D Crystal Lacquer or the E-6000 Glue. I used the E-6000, but you can use either, they both work well!




Step Three:

Let the glue under your image dry. Cover your design with either an epoxy dot or the lacquer...they both dry clear. The lacquer can take up to 24 hours to dry completely depending on how thick of an application you prefer.

*If you get impatient and want to seal your design before the glue underneath the image is dry it will work just fine, however if some of the glue leaks up over the edges it can produce unexpected results if it mixes while its wet with the laquer or the adhesive of the epoxy dot:0)




Step Four:

Put a dot of E-6000 glue on the back of the bottle cap and stick the magnet on it... [don't worry if the magnet slides around a bit]



And...




Voila! A Beautiful Bottle Cap Magnet!

Now you can make a set for yourself, and one for a friend!
Bottle Cap Magnets are great for decorating fridges, magnetic boards and lockers with meaningful images and sayings.



Ideas and Inspiration

Standard bottle caps, flattened, mini and even jumbo caps give you all kinds of space to create!

So use those awesome skills of yours and create something cute, sweet, thoughtful, beautiful, creative, fun...



Jumbo Bottle Caps, Jumbo Epoxy Dots, Mini Bottle Caps, Mini Epoxy Dots



Flattend Two Sided White Bottle Caps, Funky Hearts Images, 1" Premium Epoxy Dots



Funky Alphabet 2 Images, 1" Cabochons, Two Sided Lime Green Caps



Black Bottle Caps and Paris Passport Vintage Bottle Cap Images


Have fun! Leave a comment. We'd love to hear from you.

Reader Comments

Date 8/11/2012 8:09:31 PM
Sue
Do you have a source for the little metal boxes that the magnets are kept in? Thank you!
Date 8/29/2012 8:43:37 AM
Wende
We don't sell the metal boxes at this time but are looking into the possibilities. Thanks for the question!!
Date 9/3/2012 9:02:02 AM
Z3 Mom
Papermart has metal tins, but best pricing is with Containerandpackaging.com. Would love if Bottle Cap Co sold boxes though!!! Colored ones would be great ... hard to find. Usually only available in silver or gold.
Date 9/8/2012 8:23:18 PM
Toni Padilla
I belong to a senior club, I purchased 300 1" bottle caps to make magnets with our logo, where do I get a template of 1" circles? I use Microsoft and Adobe Photo, please help. Thank you, Toni
Date 10/31/2012
Pamela Witt
I am frustrated. Sometimes when I put the Premium Epoxy Dots on my designs, a mark appears, almost like a water spot on my image. I have tried to use matte paper for designs as well as glossy paper. The image is completely dry and affixed to the bottle cap. I have tried to put the dot on before gluing the image in, and still get same problem. It doesn't happen with all the dots, but out of 100, I might have 5 where the dot falls off. This can be embarrassing when I'm selling these at craft
Date 10/31/2012
Pamela Witt
I am frustrated. Sometimes when I put the Premium Epoxy Dots on my designs, a mark appears, almost like a water spot on my image. I have tried to use matte paper for designs as well as glossy paper. The image is completely dry and affixed to the bottle cap. I have tried to put the dot on before gluing the image in, and still get same problem. It doesn't happen with all the dots, but out of 100, I might have 5 where the dot falls off. This can be embarrassing when I'm selling these at craft
Date 12/20/2012
Alex
Hi Toni. You asked about 1 inch circle template. You don't need the template. Use the service that offers digitaltemplates.bestpeople.ca website. You will make a sheet for printing online. It's easy. Alexandra
Date 3/11/2013
Renee Tevlin
Why are my images blurry?? I'm not sure if I am using too much glue or if they need longer to dry? Also I have seen some DIY sites that say we should put a thin layer of clear fingernail polish. I did a bunch of these this weekend and I'd say at least 2/3rds blurred. I am so bummed !! Any suggestions?? Help! Renee
Date 5/7/2014
Wende
Thank you Pamela for your questions. Make sure to check the surface of your images for any dust or particles. Premium Epoxy Dots are a great product and we almost never get complaints about them but every so often there is an imperfection in the dot. Please let us know if this continues to happen and we would be happy to help you out. Just call us at 800-640-9978.
Date 5/7/2014
Wende
Renee, if you are using 3D Crystal Lacquer to seal your images rather than Epoxy Dots you will not be able to use photos/images printed on an inkjet printer. You'll need to use images printed on laser printers/copiers or on a press. Thank you for your question. Call us if you need any further help: 800-640-9978.
Date 10/30/2014
Shirlee
What size of magnet do you recommend for the bottle caps and would you use the same size for both the regular caps and flattened? Thanks!
Date 10/31/2014
Chadwick
Shirlee, The magnet that we use the most, and the one that is used in this tutorial, is the 1/2" x 1/16" magnet. That's the size we would recommend for both the standard and flattened caps.
Date 5/26/2016
Crystal Verduzco
In order to make a bottlecap keychain, will the 3D Crystal Lacquer work on a photo that was printed on normal copy paper? Or does the photo need to be printed on glossy photo paper?
Date 7/31/2017
Tabitha Brainard
Hello..i am making some breast cancer bottlecap pins. What is best glue to put a brooch pin on back? E6000? Also do you know best glue to glue brooch pin on a pink breast cancer ribbon?
Date 8/1/2017
Jon(BottleCapCo)
We would recommend e-6000 for both parts. It will be a little messier and take longer to dry than some other glues might. But the hold is much stronger in our experience.

Have a question or comment? We'd love to hear it!