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As little boys do, Bug collects things; sticks, rocks, hotwheels cars, those fake junkmail credit cards. But one thing he’s passionate about acquiring is bottlecaps. He finds them on the beach and in parking lots – all sorts of unsavory places. They each get an immediate “bath” with the hand sanitizer I keep in my purse and then go into a little cardboard box in his closet.
It’s like legit treasure every time he spots a new one and his excitement for the hunt hasn’t waned. So I wanted to find a fun way to display them in his new room. I considered a shadowbox or one of these bottlecap displays, but both of those options would restrict his love of handling them.
I decided to turn them into magnets. And if you have some bottlecaps laying around, you can too!
Pick up a pack of these 3/4 magnetic buttons. I found mine at Walmart, but I’m sure craft stores and Amazon have them too. There is foam adhesive version of these that I tried first, but found that it doesn’t stick well to the back of the cap.
Using industrial strength adhesive (I like E6000), first glue 2 magnets together. The depth of one magnet was juuuust shy of being tall enough to really magnetize the cap properly and stacking 2 of them keeps the sharp edges of the bottlecap up off the surface – preventing scratches.
Now glue your magnets inside your bottlecap. Be sure to read the adhesive instructions: with E6000 you put glue on each piece first, wait 2 minutes, then marry the surfaces. Give them 24 hrs to dry.
So stinking cute. But these aren’t just cool magnets – they have a purpose! Come back tomorrow to find out exactly how we’re using them in Bug’s room.