My husband loves his beer; I don’t know a session from a saison. I’ve never been able to get into beer but I appreciate the care and creativity many breweries put into their packaging — beer bottles have so much more personality than wine labels. Some bottle caps are really well designed and it seemed like a waste to throw them all away, so I decided to turn my favorites into magnets. They’re super easy to make; the hardest part is waiting for the glue to dry.
I can’t ever have too many magnets since we have a little kid who loves to draw and all these cool metal surfaces in our apartment begging to be decorated. I’ve also given them as housewarming gifts packaged in empty Altoids tins. If you’d like to make your own, keep reading.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A variety of bottle caps.
2. Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Available at your local craft store for about $5. One container is enough for 15 magnets or so. I’ve more commonly seen bottle caps filled with acrylic resin but recommend Dimensional Magic since it’s non-toxic and odorless.
3. Ceramic magnets, 1/2 or 3/4 inch. I get mine from Etsy here under the magnets section. Note: Do NOT use the ultra-strong neodymium magnets unless you want your magnet to sink to the bottom of the glue like a hippopotamus in quicksand. This happened to me even after letting the glue dry for 48 hours.
1. Slowly fill the backs of the bottle caps to the rim with Mod Podge. Let dry till hard to the touch, about 48 hours. Trust me, it’s worth the wait. If you try to attach the magnet while the glue is still soft, it’ll be sucked down and engulfed, making the magnet unusable.
2. If necessary, fill any holes with more Mod Podge and let dry. The glue may shrink as it dries, creating a concave surface, which is fine as long as the top of the magnet can lie flush to the rim or higher.
3. Squeeze a small amount of Mod Podge in the center of the bottle cap. Affix the magnet and flood the area around it until the magnet is completely surrounded by the glue.
4. Let dry again.
The finished back should look like the photo above.
Now you’re ready to decorate your fridge/workspace/locker with your spectacular new magnets! I’d love to see what you come up with, too.