DIY Bottlecap Map (via)
- wood (they used reclaimed wood from old pallets)
- bottlecaps (they used around 350, but amount varies depending on design)
- tape measure
- screw loops for hanging
- epoxy glove
- stirring stick
- paper plates
- paint brush
- vinyl gloves
- U.S.A. design printout, [download here]
Step 1: Arrange the wood and use the handsaw when necessary to create the desired surface for your art piece. (Ours was 40”x 36”.)
Step 2: To create the support, place two boards vertically across the surface. Using your handsaw, trim off any extra wood that could be seen from the front.
Step 3: Nail each plank to the support beams to secure the surface.
Step 4: Use the tape measure to measure in six inches from the top and 12 inches in from the right and left sides of the wood—this will be where we attach the screw loops. Once the loops are firmly screwed in place, string your wire through and twist to secure the ends. You will use this wire when you hang the final product.
Step 5: Turn the wooden surface over. Arrange the bottlecaps in the desired design—you can use a paper cut out of your design to check the placement.
Step 6: On a paper plate, mix the epoxy according to the directions. Use vinyl gloves to protect skin from the epoxy.
Step 7: Use a paint brush to carefully coat the rim of each bottlecap.
Step 8: Set each bottlecap back in its place and press down for a few seconds. This should allow time for the epoxy to set up. You should allow 24 hours for the epoxy to completely set before hanging.
I think this would be really awesome to do with regional sodas and beers.
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