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!
I also use a hot glue gun, scissors, lighter and ⅜” ribbon to attach my bottle caps to my bows.
How to Make Bottle Cap Hair Bows
The first step is to punch out your images with a 1” circle punch. I use my punch upside down for accuracy.
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.
Using your fingertips, rub the back of the image until you’ve removed all of the air bubbles.
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.
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.
Images look great glued inside the cap too! It’s done the same way as gluing it on top of the bottle cap.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At this point, the bottle cap is ready to be attached 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.
Now I will demonstrate now to attach a bottle cap with the image on the inside.
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.
I then use hot glue to bring together my bow and bottle cap.
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,
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