Bottle Cap Hair Bows

Learn how to make cute bottle caps and attach them to hair bows.

Hello! I’m Britt from Charlie’s Halo, and you might remember me from the recent Skinny Headband tutorial. I’m thrilled to be back! This time I will teach you how to make cute bottle caps with images on them using epoxy dot stickers. I will also demonstrate how I attach them to hair bows. Almost everything I used for this project can be purchased from The Ribbon Retreat!

Supplies to make your own bottle caps for hair bows.

1” Bottle Cap Images
Bottle Caps
1” Epoxy Dot Stickers
1” Circle Punch
Super Glue

I also use a hot glue gun, scissors, lighter and ⅜” ribbon to attach my bottle caps to my bows.

Let’s begin…

How to Make Bottle Cap Hair Bows

Cut out your images with your 1" hole punch.

The first step is to punch out your images with a 1” circle punch. I use my punch upside down for accuracy.

Remove Epoxy Dot and carefully put it on the image.

Epoxy dots are really fast and easy to use. When removing them from the sheet you should be very careful not to touch the sticky side. If a fingerprint touches the sticky side, it will be visible on your finished bottle cap. Carefully align and place your epoxy dot over your image circle. I normally do this with two hands.

Rub the back of the image until bubbles are gone.

Using your fingertips, rub the back of the image until you’ve removed all of the air bubbles.

Use super glue to attach your image.

There are many ways to attach bottle cap images to a bottle cap. My favorite way is using super glue. I love how quickly it dries, it’s very inexpensive and a little goes a long way.

Dot of glue on bottle cap and press on your image.

To attach your image, place 1 drop of super glue on the center of your bottle cap, and cover with your image. Press and hold them together for 30 seconds or so.

You can also glue the image on the inside of the cap.

Images look great glued inside the cap too! It’s done the same way as gluing it on top of the bottle cap.

Use for bows, magnets, pendants, dog tags, etc.

Bottle caps are so much fun, because the possibilities are endless! Since I am a bow maker, I mainly use them on bows. They can also be turned into magnets, pendants, zipper pulls, dog collar tags and so much more!

Next I will show two different techniques for attaching bottle caps to bows. Hot glue does not work well on the smooth surface of a bottle caps, so I use super glue in the next steps as well.

Use super glue and piece of ribbon to attach to a bow.

To attach a bottle cap with the image on top you will need piece of ⅜” ribbon that matches your bow. I cut a piece about 4-5” for a basic single layer bow. You will also use your super glue and glue gun.

Use two drops of glue to glue the ribbon vertically to the image.

I use 2 drops of super glue to attach the center of my ribbon to the inside of the bottle cap. The ribbon should be glued vertically to your image.

Use another piece of sealed ribbon to reinforce the first ribbon.

To make sure that my bottle cap is securely attached to the ribbon, I glue a reinforcement strip. To do that, I cut a ⅞” strip of ribbon and use a lighter to seal the ends. I use 2 drops of super glue and lay the ⅞” piece of ribbon across the ribbon that is already in place. You can use a toothpick or straight pin to avoid getting glue on your fingers.

All done. Ready to be attached to the bow.

At this point, the bottle cap is ready to be attached to the bow.

Add hot glue and press on to the bow.

Use hot glue and press your bottle cap to the center of your bow. Trim down any unneeded ribbon, seal and glue down the ends to complete the bow. You can then add your clip, headband or other hardware.

Inside out bottle cap image.

Now I will demonstrate now to attach a bottle cap with the image on the inside.

Use super glue to attach the bottle cap to the hair bow.

Since hot glue isn’t the best for the smooth surface of a bottle cap, I use ribbon and super glue to create a glue pad that will keep the bottle cap securely glued to the bow. To do this I cut a ⅞” piece of matching ⅜” ribbon and seal the ends with a lighter. I use 2 drops of super glue to attach the ribbon, making sure that my ribbon is diagonal to the image on the other side.

Add hot glue to the ribbon and attach to the bow.

I then use hot glue to bring together my bow and bottle cap.

Make Bottle Caps for Hair Bows, Magnets, Pendants, and so much more!

Once again, I have had so much fun writing a tutorial for a such a great blog! I hope that this tutorial has inspired some to try something new. Bottle caps are one of my favorite embellishments and I love the possibilities. Happy creating!

Until next time,
Britt


Thanks Britt!

Britt has amazing products at Charlie’s Halo and every single one of them is done with such great quality. She is a wonderful hair bow maker and we are so happy to have her contributing on the blog! Please check out all Charlie’s Halo has to offer!

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36 Comments

  1. Nancy
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I’ve never used super glue for bottle caps. Does it hold up in temperature changes? I found that if you don’t adhere them right they pop apart on the first cold day. My trick is to lightly sand the bottle cap before applying glue. Super Glue would be easier if it holds up tho.

  2. Jennifer
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    I’ve heard good and bad things about using the epoxy dots instead of mixing up the resin yourself. I’ve been wanting to try and make bottle caps, but I’m not sure what method to use. What do most people prefer? Will the epoxy dots work as well and keep water out? Thanks for any advice!

  3. Posted June 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    i use both resin and the resin dots i like them both the dots are super easy i was not sure about them , but now i love them super easy even got my husband to help me with some lol

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:23 am | Permalink

      Thanks Salina for your comment! That is so funny about your husband. The things husbands do for the ones they love! :) – Shirley

  4. Sherry Mason
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    I am struggling with the bow in this tutorial. What is the bow called. I love that bow and mine don’t look like that. Can you help me?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sherry! This is a Pinwheel Bow. We do have instructions for this particular bow in our Tricks of the Trade Hair Bow Instructions. Our instructions include tons of different bows as well as a bow maker. Let us know if you have any other questions! Thanks! – Shirley

  5. Shauna
    Posted September 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I took a hammer (actually my husband did it the first time) a beat the top of the bottle cap two times so there wasn’t as much of a lip when I put the image on the outside.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 4, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing Shauna! – Shirley :)

  6. hayley pemberton
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    This is brilliant. thank you. i have been wanting to do this for ages and havent got round to it yet. you have given me the spur to do it.

  7. Silvia
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Is there a tutorial for Boutique bows ?

  8. Posted October 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I have to tell you, I have been looking online for cute bottle caps that were already finished because I figured that the whole process was just too hard. Well!!! My my my you just made it look so easy! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I look forward to trying this out in the next couple weeks. I have some vintage Mickey bows that this would be just perfect for. Thanks again.
    Krissi

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Kristen! We are so glad we could share the secret of how easy these are! And vintage Mickey bows sounds So so cute! Good luck and let us know if you have any questions. – Shirley :)

  9. Lindsay
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    I recently purchased epoxy dots/bubbles that are not self adhesive (I wasn’t thinking) any suggestions on the best type of adhesive to use that won’t show through the bubble??

  10. Dee
    Posted March 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    I would love to make these but I don’t know where to get the Bottle caps, the Puncher and the Images. Where would I find those? Thanks so much!~Dee

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted March 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dee, we sell all of these supplies at theribbonretreat.com. You can find links for the supplies in the post. Hope that helps! – Shirley :)

  11. Stephanie
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Does this work for cabochons, too?

  12. mrs.gold
    Posted May 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I like turtles!!!!!!! I love animals too!!!!!

  13. Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I have not seen anyone use superglue, mostly just a glue gun. I wonder if the bow holds up just as well with the glue gun? Great tutorial! Awesome pictures! I have a lot of printable bottle cap images in my shop! I will send my customers to this tutorial when they need help! Love the detailed pictures!
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/smrpartydesigns

  14. nicole
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    very simple and easy turned out very well and pretty didn’t put bottle caps on though

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 26, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Hi Nicole! Yay! I am so glad you like our tutorial and that our bow turned out good!!! Thanks for your comment and have a wonderful day! :)

  15. diana
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    where can i buy bottle caps in santa ana

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi Diana! Thanks for your question. You can actually buy bottle caps right here on our website. You can click here to see our wonderful selections of bottle caps. Thanks Diana!

  16. Karla Manchan
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this info! I have been struggling with hot glue and my bottle caps and flatback resin on my fabric bows. A fellow crafter said there was a trick but wouldn’t release what it was, yours was the first blog I found and it had the answer I was looking for. Thank You
    Karla

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      Hi Karla! Yay! I am so glad you have found what you were looking for and that it worked for you! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  17. Karla Manchan
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi its Karla again, LOL quick question will the super glue and ribbon mat work on a cabochon or flatback resin as well as the bottle caps? Thanks for all your help
    Karla

  18. Tammy
    Posted September 18, 2013 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I have been wanting to try to make bottlecaps, but haven’t because they looked to difficult. I am going to the store today to get my supplies. Just a question, though. What is the best paper to print the image on: cardstock or regular printer paper? Thanks again for posting!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 18, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

      Hi Tammy! Thank you for your comment! These Bottle Cap Hair Bows are so much fun! You can actually purchase Bottle Cap images right here at The Ribbon Retreat by clicking here. We have a large variety for you to choose from at a great price. However, if you choose to print your own images the paper most like our Bottle Cap images would be card stock. Thank you again Tammy and good luck with your cute Bottle Caps! Have a great day! Michelle :)

  19. kaylz
    Posted September 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    hello, i tried these for the first time earlier, and for some reason it kept sliding off and wasnt sticking, any ideas? I have the coloured bottle caps, epoxy dome and i tried superglue but it just slid off, so i ended up using hi-tack, but im running very low, but have a collection of superglue, any idea where im going wrong with the superglue, be so much easier if i could get it to stick with that instead as its alot quicker lol. thank you

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 25, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Hi Kaylz. Thank you so much for your question. E6000 glue is what our bow makers us A LOT to adhere their images and find success with this, and they haven’t noticed their images sliding. Once the glue is dry, that’s when they put their epoxy dot on top. I hope this helps. Thank you so much and good luck! Michelle :)

  20. tasha
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Where can I get the images, or how can I get some done if I wanted a certain kind?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 29, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Hi Tasha! Thank you for your question. You can actually purchase the images right here at The Ribbon Retreat. You can find a large selection here. Thank you Tasha! Have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  21. amy
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Where can I buy the bottle caps and images for them

    • Posted February 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      Hi Amy! Thank you for your question. You can actually buy the Bottle Caps and Images right here at The Ribbon Retreat. Click here to find our awesome selection of both Bottle Caps and Bottle Cap Images. Thanks for stopping by Amy! Have a great day! Michelle :)

  22. jessica owens
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Hi, I have a quick question….when I print out my bottle cap images they are printing really light and faded looking….any ideas?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 16, 2014 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Hi Jessica! Thank you for your question. I am sorry you are not getting a great quality image from printing the bottle cap images. However, we actually recommend that you purchase the images to get a high quality look and the rich colors you are desiring. You can find a great selection of images right here on our website. You can go to this link…http://www.theribbonretreat.com/CatalogOfCategories/bottle-cap-images.aspx to find all of your image options. Thank you again Jessica and have a wonderful day. Michelle :)

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