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6 Ways to Upcycle Bottle Caps

Published on NewsOK Published: December 20, 2012

Say you had a big party, for instance a New Year's Eve party, and you are left with huge piles of empties to recycle. Well, that's just your luck. You have come into a wealth of bottle caps, and you now can make all kinds of DIY projects with them. Soak those babies in a bleach and water solution, set them out to dry, and then go to town on one or all of these DIY bottle cap upcycling projects.

1. Bottle Cap Art: Art is the default sort of "go to" use for anything. If you are creative enough, you can turn pretty much anything into visual art. I once saw an exhibit at MOMA called "Chew," in which an artist had made sculptures out of chewed up lard (kids, don't try it at home). "Chew" proved to me that art can be made out of anything, anything at all. Bottle caps, due to their availability and rainbow of fun colors, are a dynamite art material. Not that your average tile contractor will be willing to do it, but you could also use bottle caps as a material for a backsplash wall mosaic.

2. Art Car Decoration: There are people who take their cars to an auto body to be painted, and then there is the DIY crowd. I will never forget the leopard print van by a Denver painter that I encountered one July 4th in the Rocky Mountains. It was the coolest van I had ever seen. Since art car people are usually very creative, I was not surprised to find a photo of a pickup truck covered in bottle caps. Though such a decoration on the outside of one's car might make getting stopped by a cop more complicated, they look pretty rad.

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