Friday, April 1, 2016

Bottle Cap Flowers -- Most Popular Booth Item

These cute flowers were a last minute make before moving into the booth. I was simply trying to add some smaller items and didn't really think that they would sell...and keep selling! I've already lost count on how many I have made.






The inspiration came from Amanda at http://craftsbyamanda.com/bottle-cap-flower/.
(You gotta click over and see the horse she also made from bottle caps...so cute!!!)


Each flower is composed of thirteen bottle caps, a juice lid, wire, and a wooden or metal stem. E6000 glue holds everything together nicely. 

Where, oh where, did I get enough bottle caps to make a mini garden? Once upon a time I had a bottle cap tray makeover on my "to-craft-soonish" list and began collecting caps from glass sodas & beer. Zeal for that project waned but I continued to collect caps for the next two years...you know, just in case. 

So.glad.I.did! It's paid off, literally! 

But now I am nearly out of caps...would it be weird if I stalked bars on Friday and Saturday nights and asked for their bottle caps? 






These cute flowers are displayed in my old-school-chair-turned-planter. Its one of my favorite pieces in my booth but no one else shares my love of rusty blue chairs. Its sat in my booth since day one, four months ago.  That's ok, it won't hurt my feelings if it has to come home with me and stay in my backyard.


Here is a before pic of the chair which was literally found outside a barn. I was supposed to put together a post on that barn sale...but I lost most of the pics of all the items together in their dirty, straw-dusted, horse pooh caked glory. 

Anyways, my older kids helped me hammer away the old, faded, and cracked seat and backing. Then I added a simple sign and flower pot...that was it. Easy peasy. 















I kept one of the flowers for myself (the center cap is from a beer bottle my husband brought back from Slovania). Its sat outside all winter with the hopes it would start rusting...which hasn't happened quite yet...fingers crossed.


















I'm looking into creating flowers with less bottle caps to see how they sell...hopefully that will stretch the meager supply currently on my counter. If not, I'll have to muster my courage and ask a bartender for their nights stash of bottle caps. Until then, I'll be buying soda and beer based on their cap color. 


7 comments:

  1. Maybe paint the plant pot or find a rusty old pot of some kind. Good idea for your flowers, steady sellers are great.
    Joy

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    1. yes, I was also thinking the pot needed to change. finding a rusty pot would be awesome!

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  2. So cool! You made me laugh...buying beverages based on bottle cap color! Ah, only a crafter would totally get it!!

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    1. Very true! The things us crafty people are willing to do to get "the look" we want.

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  3. These are so cute and would look great in any landscape. I think you need to ask a bartender for the ones they throw out or just buy some off of Amazon. They seem much cheaper than buying the drinks! Ha!

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    1. Genius idea! Never crossed my mind to look online, and so much easier to do in your pajamas. I found some without crimped edges, never sealed on a bottle. Didn't realize there were different types of bottle cap designs.

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  4. Great idea! And so colorful! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm:) Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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