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Bottle Cap Locket

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Grade: K+   •   Age: 4+  •  Submitted by: Cheri Ford
[Cheri is a Kindergarten teacher from Talladega, AL.]

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  • I love to have fun activities for my children to make that will become treasures to a special someone. This is one I do with my kindergarten children for Valentine's Day.

What You Need:

  • 2 (two) metal bottle caps per child (the kind that come on a glass beverage bottle)
  • 1 (one) 6 to 8 inch piece of 1/2 inch wide ribbon (I like chiffon or something like that) per child
  • 1 (one) tiny paper circle (to fit inside 1 cap) per child
  • red stamp pad
  • white flat spray paint
  • clear spray paint
  • tiny photo of child (if you don't have one of your students the Polaroid i-zone Pocketcamera makes perfect little pictures)
  • thin ribbon (pink or red) about 1/16 inch wide --about a yard for each child
  • beads with large holes (I like the sparkly faceted kind in clear, pink, red, purple--it's also pretty to mix in different style beads of the same colors)

What You Do:

  1. Collect bottle caps (my husband brings them to me from the snack bar at the golf course). Place them all on a flat, clean surface, close together. Spray paint them white. (This is a step for the teacher).

  2. Have each child make a heart on one bottle cap by using the red stamp pad and printing a finger print two times to make the heart shape. Spray these with clear spray to protect the fingerprints. (This is a step for the teacher).

  3. Fold the 1/2" wide ribbon in half and tie in a knot. Using a glue gun, glue the ends of the ribbon inside the two bottle caps, one end on each leaving the knot right at the top of the caps so that they fit together like a clam shell and the loop of the ribbon is above the knot.(This is a step for the teacher). This loop will be used to string the locket onto the narrow ribbon.

  4. Cut photos to fit the inside of the bottle cap the same as the circle of paper you will be using to let the children write a message on. On the bottom half of the "locket" glue the picture. On the top half of the "locket" glue the message. Mine usually write something easy like "I love you" since most 5 years olds write in large print. Don't forget to remind your younger students to write tiny.

  5. Have students string completed locket onto long narrow ribbon, ( I cut mine about a yard long - they can always be shortened). Then have them string beads on either side of locket. I encourage mine to create a pattern of their choice. I let my students string as many beads as they like. Some do a few, some like to fill them up!

  6. A note to teachers of older students: your students may prefer to use the little seed beads (love beads) to string their locket on. In this case give them fishing line to string them on and encourage them to fill them up. These are really pretty when you choose pretty valentine colors.

More Valentine's Day Crafts

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Recommended Products:

Klutz Capsters Book and Art Kit
This kit allows you to beautifully design the interior of a bottle cap and make it permanent.

Bottle Caps - Package of 144

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Bottle Cap Activities
From simple to sophisticated crafts, these innovatively creative projects are made of non-recyclable plastic bottlecaps! These free materials, when re-used into ingenious craft projects, are kept out of landfills and thus reduce pollution, which makes them a great lead-in for environmental science lessons -- or just for fun! These wonderful ideas are versatile enough for use in classrooms, parties, summer camps, boy and girl scout troops, projects at home, and even senior citizen homes.

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