Condo Blues: Recycled Crafts: Bottlecap Ladybug Party Favors

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Recycled Crafts: Bottlecap Ladybug Party Favors

At my home renaissance festival, children bring little trinkets like shiny stones, marbles, and the like to trade with the performers. 

Last season I made do with vase filler stones. This season, I’d rather not add something so heavy to the already heavy basket I carry during the show.  I need around 300 party favors, I want something somewhat period, and if I could use this as a stash bust project, my craft room would be ever so grateful.

This isn’t a new craft idea but I did tweak it a bit to make it mine. I made ladybug party favorites from recycled metal bottle caps.

How to Make Bottle Cap Lady Bugs

You will need:

Metal bottle caps

Spray primer

Red multisurface craft paint

Black multisurface craft paint

White multisurface craft paint




Straight Pin

Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer

Gem Tack

Scrapbook paper

1 inch circle paper punch

Plastic gems

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Step by Step How to Make It

1. Prime the metal bottle caps with a coat of spray primer so the paint will not scratch off the metal bottle cap. I used Zinsser spray primer.

2. Paint the red background color of your bottle caps. You can use either spray paint or mutli surface craft paint. Spray paint takes two coats and is quicker and easier. I used four coats of red craft paint because I didn’t have red spray paint - again, stash bust was one of my goals for this project.

3. Trace a half circle onto the bottle cap using the quarter as a guide with a pencil to make the outline for the head and tail if you wish.

How to craft paint metal bottlecaps
I painted some lady bugs with and without the "tail." I think I like the bugs with best.

4 Use a paint brush and black craft paint to fill in the outline for the head and tail.

How to make recycled bottle cap crafts
bugging out!

5. Use a paint brush and black craft paint to paint a line down the center of the bottle cap to make the lady bug’s wings.

6. Put a straight pin in the eraser end of a pencil to make a dotting tool. Use the dotting tool to add black craft paint dots to the ladybug’s wings.

7. Use the dotting tool and white craft paint to add two white dots to make the eyes on the ladybug’s head.

What can I do with dented bottle caps
I think the dent made from a bottle opener adds a nice detail to the lady bug’s wings.

8. Once the paint is thoroughly dry, use the Mod Podge spray sealer to keep the paint from flaking and chipping.

how to make recycled bottle cap ladybug party favors for kids
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This is a very versatile craft project. You can leave the under side of the bottle cap plain or do what I did and decorate the under side of the bottle cap by gluing a round piece of scrapbook paper and a craft gem to the bottle cap with gem tack.

How ot decorate bottle caps
The Baroness wore these "emeralds" twice and clearly can't continue to wear used gems again!
 It just isn't cricket! LOL

You might like to glue a 1 inch magnet underneath your bottle cap lady bug to make it a magnet.

quick and easy bottle cap magnet

Or use a bottle cap hole punch to make a hole in the cap and string it as a necklace

I made them in batches here and there when I had time on the weekends to raze my large ladybug army ready to march forth and make children happy!

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