Urban capping

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Are you tired of all this waste flooding your environment? Here's a fun project to brighten up your view: Urban Capping. This is your chance to reuse these bottle caps and pieces of tie wrap you find lying on the street everywhere.

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Bottle cap laces on lamppost

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How to make a bottle cap lace


Measure the circumference of the object to wrap. The lace will need this length plus an extra 5-10%. Use a mould with the same circumference, for instance a flowerpot, to test your lace for real.


Layout your bottle cap like this:

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By using a double rope, the bottle caps can be fixated to have them all facing the same direction. By using a tie wrap, you can wrap the lace fast while leaving the possibility to undo the wrap: just insert a screw driver into the tie wrap insertion hole and the wrap comes undone.

Middle cap

Drill four holes into each cap, except for the first and the last cap:

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Tail cap

The last bottle cap only needs two holes plus the tie wrap insertion hole:

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Making the tie wrap insertion hole takes some practice. You can use a small chisel (6 mm or 1/4 inch) and give five pushes (U-shape & V-shape) on the inside of the bottle cap. Then use a sharp knife to finish it.

Head cap

The first bottle cap requires two holes plus an outlet for the tie wrap:

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You can use a saw to start clearing the hole and then use a sharp knife to finish it.


Tie the caps together, fix the piece of tie wrap and you're ready to wrap.

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How to make a bottle cap flower

Create a bottle cap lace, and add a circle of buttons to the second-last bottle cap:

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Bottle cap flower, frontside

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Bottle cap flower, backside

Happy capping!

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