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May 15, 2013

Bottle Cap Art (Fish and Flower Scene)

Bottle caps are the material of the month over at our friends Since I've been saving up our milk lids I decided it was perfect timing to get crafting with them. We turned our bottle caps into this darling Fish Scene and you won't believe how simple it is to create.

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Supplies you will need:
1. To make the fish you need a milk cap and a triangle shape cut from cardstock paper. Start by gluing the triangle down on a blue sheet of paper. Squeeze some school glue onto one of your paper plates. Dip your bottle cap into the glue to give it a generous amount all around the rim and then glue the milk cap down overlapping the triangle to make the fish shape.

2. Continue adding fish all over your paper. Finish them by gluing on a wiggly eye.

3. To make the scales on our fish, we used fun Rainbow Glitter Glue from They come in little tubes that are easily handled by little hands and the glitter dries raised. I LOVE using glitter glue because it gives the same effect as traditional glitter, but without all the mess. Make scales on the bottle cap and also lines to define the tail fin. The variety of colors made this extra fun for the kids.

4. Use a black marker to draw a mouth on your fish. It probably would have been easier for the kids to draw the mouth on before using the glitter glue (just a heads up) that way they don't accidentally smear glitter glue on their fingers or all over their fish.

5. To make the bubbles, dip the end of a paper straw in white paint and then pressed it onto your paper. The key to getting this to work properly is to make sure the white paint doesn't bubble over the hole at the end of the straw. Every time we dipped the straw in the paint we had to turn it up and blow into the straw to pop the bubble if there was one. If you don't blow the bubble out, you will just get a solid circle. (You can see what I mean with the solid circle bubble in the picture below)

6. Now you can stop right here and enjoy your fishy scene, but if you want to add more detail to your scene you can crunch up little strips of green tissue paper and glue them to the bottom of your paper to make water plants.

Doesn't this little fish look so happy to be swimming in the plants?!!

Here is another scene I whipped up with more of our caps.

I used the milk caps for the flower petals and a large yellow pom-pom for the center of the flower. The sun is made out of a Pringles lid. I cut a yellow circle that would fit inside the lid and glued it inside of it. The sun rays are strips of yellow paper and the flower stem, leaves and grass are cut out of green paper. I cut and frayed the strips of green paper for the grass before gluing them down. The glitter glue gave it some much needed pizazz.

Have you created art with bottle caps? I would love to hear your ideas!

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Love and Lollipops said... Best Blogger Tips

loooove your bottle top creations! georgia :)

Sara Ballard said... Best Blogger Tips

These look so cute! I can't wait to show the boys and see what we can come up with. A great use of all of the bottle caps we save!

artsy_momma said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these Rachel! I can't even decide which one I like the best :)

OneMommy said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute, cute, cute!
Definitely pinning this one!

Cindy deRosier said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your cute fish project! You can see it here:

If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

Laura Major said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Congratulations on getting in Family Fun!! It's my favorite magazine ever!!! Love the project!!

activities4kidz said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! Have linked this to my ' under the sea' theme week on my blog
Would love you to leave a comment on it with any more fab sea themed ideas!

Sinea Pies said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so excited. Next week we are studying O is for Ocean in preschool and we are doing this bottlecap craft on blue paper plates. Just made my prototype and it looks really cute!

Thanks for a wonderful craft idea!