Bottle Cap Owl

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Create this cute owl with recycled materials! Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Owls are so popular right now and since they are a sign of fall this will make a great project for little ones this time of year.  Helping  your child make one of these recycled creatures using bottle caps, will surely inspire their imagination.

bottlecapowl

Supplies

Paper Clip Example

Start by opening up the paper clip all the way straight, then fold it in half. Next, hot glue one bottle cap to the inside of the jar lid, then fit the folded paper clip in to make the beak and the eye brows of the owl. Then glue the other bottle cap in place.

Clip Feet

Next, clip the pull tabs with the metal clippers to make the feet. Hot glue in place.

Spray Paint

Once the glue has set, paint the owl with the spray paint. I chose white, but brown or another color would work as well.

Allow Paint to Dry

Let the paint dry.

 

Then hot glue the buttons inside the bottle caps for the eyes.

 

Glue the finished owl to the twig.

 

Whoooo’s too cute? This Owl!!!

Owl Crafts are a Hoot!

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My mom absolutely adores owls, and I can definitely see why. They are the perfect craft project for anyone at any age – and any season! Here are some of my favorites.

Bottle Cap Owl

Bottle Cap Owl

This is a great recycled craft for kids and adults. Kids can try to recreate their own favorite type of owl and make their own collection!

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Record Vase

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

DIY Record Vase

Summer is coming and all the yard/tag sales will be in full swing. Keep an eye out for some vintage vinyl records. There are millions of them out there just waiting to be transformed into something useful, since the days of the record player have passed. We made a vase with ours, but they can also be used as baskets to collect keys or junk. Use them on your bed side table for your jewelry and watch. They are a great gift for retro Moms and Dads!

Supplies:

  • Vinyl Record
  • Oven proof glass or pan or can
  • Oven
  • Pot holder
  • Plastic 2 liter soda bottle
  • Scissors
  • Plant

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It All Started With A Pair Of Earrings…

The earrings that started it all!

The earrings that started it all!

It started very innocently.  On a trip to the Bahamas I found a pair of earrings that were made with faux or fake sea glass.  I knew it wasn’t real sea glass because the real stuff is rarely this perfect! If you don’t know what sea glass is, I’ve found some wonderful sites with interesting facts about sea glass.

Wikipedia: Sea Glass

North American Sea Glass Association

Pure Sea Glass

True or “natural” sea glass is glass from bottles and such that have broken up, and over time the water and sand of the sea has turned the glass into gems.  I’ve found real sea glass in my shelling adventures and also on a trip to Hawaii’s famous sea glass beach.  I prefer to place my true sea glass in bowls rather than turn the tiny treasures into jewelry. 

Some beautiful sea glass found on PureSeaGlass.com

Some beautiful sea glass found on PureSeaGlass.com

My interest was peaked so I bought the earrings.  I knew the sea glass was manmade, but I just loved the aged, soft look.  Then when traveling to Grand Cayman I spotted some jewelry that wasn’t shaped like the usual sea glass. Instead the glass was shaped.  Shaped like a fish, one of my favorite motifs.  Again, I loved the effect so much I purchased a bracelet and matching earrings.

I was hooked with my second purchase of faux sea glass jewelry!

I was hooked with my second purchase of faux sea glass jewelry!

With this purchase, I decided it was time for me to make some of this fun stuff called faux sea glass.  I was determined.  I had glass I could use.  I just had to find out how to make the faux sea glass.  I had an idea of what would be involved.  I was sure the glass was etched (chemically or mechanically).  I knew I wasn’t going to invest in a sandblaster, a tool used to create beautifully etched glass for windows, doors, screens, and wall art.  I did have a tumbler that I used to polish and smooth some of my lampwork beads.  Thus the investigation began…

Come back soon and have a laugh on me because I really had no idea what I was in for when I decided I wanted to create some jewelry with faux sea glass!

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