Condo Blues: Make a Stenciled Bottlecap Bracelet

Monday, November 14, 2011

Make a Stenciled Bottlecap Bracelet

Husband gave me The Look. The bottlecap basket in the kitchen is overflowing again. “Are you ever going to make jewelry out of those caps you make me save?” he sighed.

I guess that time is now.

I’ve been putting off any number of painted bottle cap projects because I don’t like my decorative painting skill - or lack thereof. Every so often I stop by Michaels and drool over the new Martha Stewart Crafts paint and stencils by Plaid. Maybe stencils can help me with my craft paintaphobia? 

One of the things I like about Martha’s craft paints is that it works on wood, metal, ceramic/glass, and fabric unlike traditional craft paint. This cuts down on the number and type of paints I have to buy and store in my tiny house. I need a variety of paint types since I work with a variety of recycled materials.   

A Pre-Christmas Miracle

A box of Martha Stewart Craft paint goodness arrived on my doorstep. I danced around the house for two days celebrating my good reviewer fortune. I stopped short of sleeping with a paint brush under my pillow like Husband thought I might from my reaction to the box of goodies.

Craft goodies!

Let's see if Ms. Stewart can help me upcycle a slew of bottlecaps and keep them out of the landfill, shall we?

How to Make a Stenciled Bottle Cap Bracelet

You will need:

5 bottlecaps
Sandpaper or steel wool
Martha Stewart Craft Paint Satin Finish – Summer Haze
Martha Stewart Craft Paint Satin Finish – Habanero
Martha Stewart Crafts Holiday Adhesive Stencils
Martha Stewart Sprayable Glass Enamel Finish
Paint brush
5 small washers
E6000 glue
Bracelet clasp or small snap
Needle and thread

Make it: 

1. Lightly sand the glass finish off the bottlecaps using the sandpaper or steel wool. I tested Martha’s paint on an unsanded glossy bottlecap and it works just fine. However, sanding the bottlecaps helped cut down on the number of coats of paint I used.

2. Paint the bottle caps with Summer Haze and allow them to dry.

Paint time!

3. Place the snowflake stencil on the bottlecap and apply Habanero paint to the stencil. I choose to use a small paint brush since I was working on such a small stencil instead of using the larger stenciling brushes and pouncers or the roller attachment that attaches to the bottle of paint (genius idea, by the way.)

 4. Carefully remove the stencil while the paint is still wet. Stencil the snowflake design on the other four bottle caps and allow the paint to dry.

 5. Spray the bottle caps with the Gloss Enamel Finish and allow the finish to dry. I played with the Mat, Glossy, and the Glitter finish mediums on a set of test bottle caps. I liked the glossy medium best. The Glossy Enamel Finish is a spray instead of paint. I suggest you take it outside to spray as you would traditional spay paint because there are fumes involved. 

 6. In a well-ventilated area, use the E6000 glue to glue the ribbon or rick rack to the underside of each bottle cap. Glue a washer on top of the ribbon to keep the ribbon in place while wearing the bracelet. 

I use E6000 glue because it works on metal. Hot glue will eventually peal.

 7. Use the needle and thread to sew the small snap or bracelet clasp to each end of the bracelet. 


 8.Wrap it up as a gift or wear it to your favorite holiday party! 

Disclaimer: Plaid provided me with Martha Stewart Crafts paints, stencils, and tools to facilitate this review. This did not influence my opinion but it did cause spontaneous and excited dancing. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Kellie @ My So Called Green Life said...

This is really cute! I saw @midnight_maniac's comment on Twitter saying it would make a cute Christmas tree garland - totally agree!

I {heart} Nap Time said...

So fun!! I love bottle caps and ric rac- what a perfect combo!

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Oh what a fun idea and love how you did this!

Unknown said...

I really love this Lisa - great idea!

Maggie Lamarre said...

I have tons of bottle caps from my crafting stash.
Would luv for my readers to discover your blog, will you please join our weekly party at
have a great crafting week!

Carolina said...

Glad to know I'm not the only one who uses stencils to mask my painting phobia! This project turned out super cute!!

Mary said...

Lisa, really cute crafty bracelet! I was unfamiliar with the Martha Stewart craft paints so thanks for the review. The kit you received looks awesome.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Super cute! I would have slept with the paintbrush under my pillow in hopes that The Craft Fairy would bring more goodies.

(I hate "the look" and get it all the time.)

JIll said...

Love this project. So great :)

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Really Cute

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

This is such a cute bracelet! We would love for you to share it at our Home for the Holidays link party!

Mindie Hilton said...

so cute, love the snowflakes, and love that you make them red.
I would love for you to enter my 66 giveaways for a Breaking Dawn event going on now!

Katie said...

Love this idea! Super cute and creative!

Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet Home said...

That's adorable. Love the red and white together. Hope to see you at DIY Home Sweet home. I'm your newest follower. Cute blog

P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

So cute and what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

Anonymous said...

Coming by way of Time Travel Thursdays. What about miniature rubber stamps to do the images? The snowflake did very well and looks great. Enjoyed my visit! Thanks, Jenn

Serendipity Handmade + Vintage said...

What a cute idea! I wish I had some bottlecaps now.

Sandy Ang said...

Oh totally cute !

Maureen said...

I love it!!! And love the blue and red.
I'd love for you to link up to my Fresh Friday Link Party! TOO CUTE!

Robin Ange said...

I drool over all craft products with the name Martha on them. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it at

Marie said...

Super cute! Thanks for linking up with us and hope you join us again this Wednesday! Happy Thanksgiving!


Ally @momstownteach said...

Thanks for linking up to!

Rachel Sue said...

This is such a fun idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.

Roeshel said...

This is such a cute idea, Lisa! Love it!

Have a Merry Christmas!


Crafts a la Mode said...

Thanks for linking to Adorned from Above Linky Party! I love this bracelet. I think my granddaughter would love it.
If you have any ornaments I'd love to have you link to the Ornament Party on my blog. Following you also. Linda

The Busy Bee's said...

You are so creative!! We hope you will come back this week! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts at 12:01AM on Wednesday and runs through Sunday night. Have a great week.
Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee's), Linda (Two Succulent Sisters)

Johnnie said...

What a cute idea, Lisa! I want to make bottle cap snowflake earrings like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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