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- Francis Bacon

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Red - White - Blue 4th of July Bottle Cap Wreath - recycle, reuse, repurpose

Forget about tossing your bottle caps into the trash. Put a little bowl on your kitchen counter reminding friends and family to help you collect supplies for your next craft project! Too close to the 4th to gather up enough to make this wonderful wreath? Give friends and family a jingle and ask them to help your cause! If you end up with too many caps - have a party in your back yard in celebration of Independence Day - hand out the necessary supplies and make several - what a sweet idea for guests, family and friends to take home a crafting project!

bottle caps
circular wooden frame or foam wreath
2 cans white gloss spray paint
1 can red gloss spray paint
1 can blue gloss spray paint
old sheet
industrial strength glue
white ribbon

1. On a section of the sheet, spray the wooden frame with white spray paint. Make sure to cover front and sides. It will require two coats allowing to dry between coats.
2. Lay out bottle caps in three piles with the the tops face down. You will need twice as many bottle caps for the white caps than red and blue ones. Spray each group twice, make sure dry between coats. Flip bottle caps over and spray again twice.
3. Glue a single layer of white bottle caps (face down) in a single layer to the frame. Let dry.
4. Alternating blue and red bottle caps (second layer) glue on top of the first layer. Let dry
5. Add several white caps (third layer) on top of red and blue layer.
6. Wrap ribbon around wreath and tie on top in a bow. Nail to door through the back of the ribbon.

Just like the pioneers that traveled across the United States or today’s cowboys, the red bandanna is an iconic symbol of the American spirit.  For the Fourth of July use RED BANDANNAS AS NAPKINS (just like our forefathers) and tie with twine.  Include a map of the United States and ask guests to name as many states as possible in five minutes.  By adding a prize it will kick off the Fourth in a fun with lots of fun and - a little insight as to who stayed awake in American History class


Anonymous said...

How neato'!! What a great way to reuse bottle caps.....
Have a Great Day!!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Mimi, what a clever idea...your little ol' head is full of 'em I bet! Keep 'em coming! We need projects!

Finding Pam said...

Very cute ideas. How do you come up with all of them?

Have a great day.

Jeanie said...

So glad I popped in today to see how things are going at the Soo! (Love the cat pics with the lilies on the sidebar!)

I don't know if I'll have enough time or bottle caps to whip up a wreath this weekend, but I think I probably can do something fun with the bandana napkin idea! Love it!

Heading to Gaylord to enjoy next week. Were up last weekend. Good to be in the north again!

fannipauline said...

What a great idea and very different. My wreath has lots of sunflowers and small American flags and a couple of slices of watermellon (wood of course) but your wreath is out of the ordinary and I love it I love things that are completely different and where your imagination can just run wild.

HopeStones said...

This is Awesome!! Im going to make one =]

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

What a great wreath!!

I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and I hope you will join in on the fun by sharing this link.