Even though I made this bottle cap table years ago, I finally got around to making the Youtube video. I had filmed the process while I was making it with the intention of making a ‘how to’ video. It took the whole world to be in Quarantine for me to get around to it! I have several other video clips collecting webs, so hopefully I will be able to bring more entertainment for you in weeks to come!
Watch the video here:
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How to make a Bottle Cap Table
Supply List #1
- Graph for creating a mosaic pattern. I used a spreadsheet on my computer. You can also use graph paper
- Bottle caps, lots and lots of bottle caps
- Flat surface to layout your pattern
Supply List #2
- Wire nails #18 x 5/8″
Supply List #3
- Beer labels
- Modge Podge (or glue)
- Paint brush
- Blow dryer
- Wax paper
- Heavy books
Supply List #4
- Epoxy resin
- 4 clear cups
- Paint brush
- Plastic knife
- Straw, or blow torch, or alcohol spray (for air bubbles)
- Isopropyl Alcohol
Step One – Preparing – Supply List #1
- Clean table and paint or sand depending on what you want as your background behind the bottle caps.
- Separate bottle caps by color into different ziplock bags.
- Cover entire surface of table with bottle caps so you can count how many you will need to create your graph. Make a graph so you can create patterns for the bottle caps.
- Practice your pattern for the bottle caps directly on your table. Once you are happy with how they fit and look, transport them to another flat surface close by. Make sure you keep them in the pattern shape.
Step Two – Hammer Time! – Supply List #2
One at a time transfer the bottle caps to the table and hammer them down. I nailed them directly in the center of each bottle caps. Don’t hammer too hard or you will start to dent the cap top.
Step Three- Beer Label Collage – Supply List #3
If you’re not making a collage skip to step four.
- Cut the beer labels into the shapes you are using.
- Practice laying them out in the pattern you want on your table.
- With Modge Podge or glue, glue the labels down using a paint brush. Make sure there is no pockets of air and that the labels are all flat.
- Now glue the entire top surface. Using paint brush to make sure glue is even and that all is flat.
- Use a blow dryer to quickly dry the surface.
- Lay wax paper over the entire top surface.
- Place heavy books over the wax paper. This will prevent the labels from getting bubbles or for the edges to peel up.
Step Four- Final Epoxy Sealing – Supply List #4
- Follow the directions that came with your Epoxy as far as getting that ready.
- Pour Epoxy in a spiral pattern starting from center and working your way to the edges.
- Use a paint brush to seal all the grooves of the bottle caps and or beer labels. Also use a paint brush to clean up any drips going down the sides.
- Use a straw to blow out any air bubbles, this works really good if you have a small table. The recommended method for a large table is a blow torch. Another method is to put Isopropyl Alcohol in a spray bottle and spray the bubbles.