Need a fun and cost-effective craft for a kid’s birthday party or scouting event? How about bottle cap pendants? Suitable for boys or girls, kinders through teens, this craft easy and rewarding!
- Bottle caps with loops/bails
- 1″ paper punch
- Mod Podge w/ small paintbrushes
- Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
- Small charms, letter beads, or alphabet stickers
- baking sheet/ oven or toaster oven
To prepare, line your baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and pre-heat your oven to 265 degrees Fahrenheit. For the first part, ask the kids to look through their favorite magazines, old greeting cards, or comic books to find images to put in their pendants. (You may want to have many copies of that thumbnail pic of Justin Beiber. Just kidding!) Using the hole punch cut out the images and, using a spare amount of Mod Podge, glue the image into the bottom of the bottle cap. Make sure it’s lined up correctly with the bail on the top of the bottle cap. Let dry- it’ll only take a few minutes.
Then sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) into the caps. Pop them into the oven and heat until the powder melts and distributes evenly- it should only take about 10 minutes. When they come out, let them cool slightly- then press in any charms or letter beads they children have picked out. Place them into the cap and sprinkle on another 1/2 tsp of UTEE, or enough to almost fill the cap. Place back into the oven and let it melt completely. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Add a neck chain and you’re ready to go!
Now, if you have a group of five or more, then you may want to have more than one hole punch on hand. I also found that alphabet stickers were wildly popular to make monograms- so it might be fun to pull out your scrapbook paper and sticker stash to use up. My little one even used some glitter in hers. Just have FUN!
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