Earth Day: More Reasons to Drink Craft Beer

28 Apr

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I’ve already extolled the virtues (both green and tasty) of craft beer, but now that you’ve been trying a variety of eco-friendly brews you may have built up a collection of bottle caps. Even if you don’t drink beer at all, you can always find cool root beer or pop bottle tops instead. I had been hoarding collecting bottle caps for year before I finally decided to do something with them.

At craft stores you can usually find small circular magnets. You want to try to find the thickest ones. The edges of the bottle cap will probably be deeper than the width of the magnet anyway. When attaching them to your bottle caps you have at least two options. You can pound out the cap a little so the edges are flatter and your magnet pokes out beyond their depth.

I chose the other option which involves a two-step gluing process. We cut small discs out of a dowel rod that were smaller in diameter than the bottle cap. First, you glue the wooden disc to the back of the bottle cap and then glue the magnet to the disc.


Here I should put a note on glue. I used an e6000 glue for all my gluing, but there’s probably a better option. It’s been months since this product and about 70% of my magnets are in working order. A stronger glue or gluing system probably would have helped. Next time I’ll visit this site for other options.

Here’s the finished collection! This is a great simple project to reuse a material you’d otherwise throw away and to show off the cool artwork that many of these bottle caps boast. Now I just need to figure out what to do with all the bottles…



4 Responses to “Earth Day: More Reasons to Drink Craft Beer”

  1. Mara April 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Suggestions for beer bottles-start home brewing, that is if it is legal in your state. Jimmy Carter was the president that legalized home brewing I believe.
    Or, I guess, boring as it is, recycle them… I like the recycled glass countertops now being offered. I wish they were not so expensive.

    • aprilinautumn April 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      I was going to write something about eco-friendly beer containers (yay growlers!) but ran out of time. I do want to start home brewing though. I also want to get a glass cutter to try making drinking glasses. There are so many great labels I don’t want to recycle them. We have a few dozen sitting on the bookshelf.


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