My Christmas crafting continues, this week with snowmen made from bottle caps.
Sometimes I like to collect things, like bottle caps (or bread/milk tabs from my first Christmas in August craft), just in case I think of something crafty to do with them. Since it’s the summer time and we enjoy having a drink on the balcony after a long day, I found myself in possession of a large quantity of bottle caps. I’ve saved some for future crafts but decided to make some snowmen with the first batch.
You can hang these snowmen from the Christmas tree or, as my mom suggested to me after I showed her them, you could write names on the empty bottlecap and use them as gift tags.
- Bottle caps (since we will be using three per snowman, you will need 3 x the number of snowmen you’d like to make)
- Paint and Paint Brushes
- Glue gun and glue
- Ribbon x 2 (one for scarves for the snowmen and one to hang them)
Step 1 – Similar to my bread/milk tab craft, the most difficult part of this craft is collecting the bottle caps. Again, don’t forget to reach out to friends and family to see if they have any. There are so many crafting supplies you can acquire by recycling things that would otherwise be thrown away – you know the saying; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure (or at least crafting material in this case).
Step 2 – Paint the bottle caps. It took about three coats of paint. I only painted the inside of the caps but you could paint both sides.
Step 3 – Paint facial features in the top bottle cap for each snowman and buttons on the middle bottle caps.
Step 4 – Glue the snowmen together (one cap with a face, one cap with buttons for the body, and one plain cap for the bottom).
Step 5 – Wrap ribbon around the top two caps as a scarf. For decoration (and because I found bags of buttons when I was looking for my ribbon), you can add a button to accessorize the snowman’s scarf.
Step 6 – Glue the ribbon to the back of the top bottlecap for hanging.
And that’s it!
You could decide to add additional accessories like a felt hat, cotton ball ear muffs, arms from pipe cleaners, etc. but I was looking to keep mine simple this time.
Since I do not have a Christmas tree up yet (no, I haven’t gone that far into Christmas yet), I took a picture of one of the snowmen hanging off my floor lamp.
This craft was completely free using scrap materials from previous crafts (the ribbons and buttons were from previous Alice in Wonderland crafting) as well as my recycled bottlecaps. I think that’s one of my favourite things about crafting – you can transform things that would otherwise sit around collecting dust (or get thrown out) into something you can keep for yourself or gift to others. I definitely think I’ll be taking advantage of my mom’s suggestion to use these snowmen as Christmas gift tags.
Until next time, happy crafting!