Recycled Material Crafting

BottkecapKeychains09282014 (11)During our stays at various Florida State Parks and National Forests as volunteers I have been collecting bottlecaps to recycle or as the new saying goes “Upcycle” items I find into jewelry and accessories. So far, I have made lots of earrings and keychain charms. You can get more ideas on how to use recycled materials with your future crafting projects by looking on Pinterest, YouTube and just your regular old internet search engine. Personally, I use Google search, type in my search terms and then click on the Images button. Then I can scroll through all the photos associated with the term I entered. Sometimes the photo will even link to a tutorial on how to create various different things using the recycled material.

Did you know that bottle caps have been around for over 100 years? the “crown cap,” the ubiquitous, indispensable style of bottle cap found on beer and soft drink bottles around the world, created in 1891 by William Painter.” Found this online at: http://www.art.canaco.org/articles/?article=1&lang=en People have been collecting and using bottlecaps to make a wide variety of different items including windchimes, tabletop decorations, fishing lures, refrigerator magnets, pictures and so much more.

You can even get vintage bottlecaps that have never been used or even brand new plain ones in a wide variety of colors from a company called BottlecapCo: http://www.bottlecapco.com/ When we first started out I bought about $600 worth of bottlecaps, stickers and hole punchers to try my hand a making various things with them to sell online. Still I would much rather collect used ones because you never know what you are going to find. And the do come in a wide variety of colors with different pictures on them. I especially like the microbrewery ones.

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