Create With Kids: Make Your Own Bottle Top Stamps



On the first day of Thanksgiving break after getting the boys ready for the day {approx. 8 a.m.}, I heard my oldest son ask,

"What are we going to do next?"

With a long list of things to do for Thanksgiving, I knew it was time to open our arts and crafts box and look for creative ways to keep their little hands busy.  I love this bottle top stamp idea that I found on Pinterest.  It was the perfect project to do--quick, easy, fun and frugal! 

What you need:




Bottle tops.  The tops from the flavored water and orange juice bottles were just the right size.




Foam shape stickers.  Check your local dollar store for these stickers.  I found many of these stickers at our local Dollar Tree.  Letter and number shapes would be perfect for teaching letters, spelling, numbers and math.








Stick the foam stickers to the bottle tops to create your stamps:





Ink pad or paint.  If you use paint, be sure to cover your surface with newspaper.  







That's all there is to it!  A perfect project for a rainy day or when you hear your children ask, "what can we do?"


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75 comments:

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Fabulous idea!!! Sharing it with a friend of mine who teaches little ones in Sunday School.

Vanessa said...

That's a great idea! I think these would work really well in Sunday School. Thanks for sharing.

Alyssa said...

Love it. I am totally going to do this. Great idea.

Sara said...

So pretty! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! (and red during the holidays!) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-15.html

Roslyn@Sew Delicious said...

Really brilliant! Such a great idea!

April said...

awesome idea!

Kayla said...

Great idea!

Fran Wisniewski said...

This is a great for making your own holiday themed stamps for homemade cards!
http://www.franw.com/

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

Waaaaaaay clever!! It came out GREAT! I pinned this - we are so going to borrow this! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week, Beth =-)

Vanessa said...

I hope your family enjoys this project as much as we did. I didn't think of the letters and numbers until after we were done, but I am definitely going to try that next time.

Our Delightful Home said...

Very creative!

~Mrs. Delightful
ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Brittney said...

Yay! I knew I had been saving bottle caps for something fun! I'm already headed to the dollar tree today, so hopefully I can find some fun stickers to add to our collection...my boys would love making these!

I'm your newest follower!

Brittney
http://www.moms-heart.blogspot.com

Vanessa said...

I love the Dollar Tree and was thrilled when they opened a store in my small town a few years ago. Have fun!

We Can Do All Things said...

I love it! I have bags of caps, I can't wait to do this.

Anonymous said...

Great idea -- thanks for sharing! I knew I was saving those bottle caps for a good reason.

Julie@teachinggoodeaters said...

OH my goodness-- Brilliant and so simple!

LeighAnn said...

What a great idea! Why didn't I think of it? I pinned it!

Lindsi B said...

wow! Why in the world haven't i thought of this??? GREAT IDEA! I'd love you to link up with us.
http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-2.html

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Lisa said...

Just stopping by from the Toys in the Dryer Linky Party. I LOVE this idea! It's simple, easy and fun...exactly the kind of project I like to do with tot and preschooler. I just pinned it and will now be following you on Pinterest!

Lisa
http://www.crisscrossapplesaucelearning.blogspot.com

Brooke (Siayla) said...

This is a great idea! We always save our caps fro different things but haven't tried this yet. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Toys in the dryer :)

JILL S. said...

I have a big problem! This is a GREAT idea but I don't have any bottle caps!

The Monko said...

I have always wondered what to do with those foam shapes you can get - now I know. Off to buy some now

Vanessa said...

Our boys have also made pictures and birthday cards for Grammy with them. :)

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

I just wanted to let you know I featured this super creatve idea at TGIF Linky Party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/12/tgif-linky-party-8.html. Come on over and grab an I was Featured button & link up what you've been doing this week!
Beth =-)

Jennifer said...

Love this! I pinned it too!

Trish@MomOnTimeout said...

I just love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday. Can't wait to see what you were up to this past week.

The Mommies Made Me Do It said...

This is so darn brilliant! I see tons of these little foam stickers in the craft store all the time and never had an interest in them 'til now!
Your newest fan from TGIF Linky :)

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Vanessa.. I love these! They are so simple and I bet your boys loved them! You were featured this week too! Check it out :)

folkhaven said...

This is just plain brilliant! Congrats on your feature at The Grant Life, that's how I found you!

fahnestockjenny said...

time to start saving bottle tops in my house!

Vanessa said...

I really appreciate the feature this week, Kelley! Thanks so much.

Ludicrous Mama said...

Frickin. Genious! Thanks to Family Fresh Meals for finding this and linking to it on her Friday Round-Up!
Now I hate you, since you thought this up instead of me! :)

Vanessa said...

Don't hate me....I actually first discovered this idea on Pinterest. :) Thanks for visiting!

Judy said...

How do you make the letters and numbers not print up backwards?

Vanessa said...

Judy,

Thank you for pointing out that the number and letter stickers will print backwards. I actually have some number and letter foam shapes that aren't stickers and I was planning on gluing them backwards onto the bottle caps so that they will print the correct way.

Sra. Carro said...

So cute! What a great, green idea! I have just started a new blog called “The Green Classroom” where teachers link up their green learning ideas. Could you please oh pretty please link up this post at Your Green Classroom? Or give me permission to do so? Thank you so much!

FlapJack Educational Resources

Vanessa said...

I left a link! Thanks so much for the invite. I LOVE the bottle cap math facts idea.

Anonymous said...

I love the craft great idea! Just wondering, why were so many people saving the bottle caps already???????

Vanessa said...

I think people are saving them because there are so many crafts that can be made with them. Bottle caps and pom poms make all kinds of insects and animals and here is a great idea to help children learn math facts: http://flapjackeducationalresources.blogspot.com/2011/11/math-facts-bottle-cap-recycling.html

mommymommymommy said...

Great idea! I love frugal crafts!

Anonymous said...

if you want to use these and they come out backwards, you may be able to hot glue the other side and the sticky part of the sticker wouldn't be sticky after using it a couple of times

Vanessa said...

Thanks for sharing the tip!

blackcherry said...

Fantastic idea, simply, brilliant, cheap and eco friendly too. I love ideas that have a recycle component. I have posted a link on my Facebook shop http://www.facebook.com/pages/blackcherry-2nd-hand-and-vintage-gold/110866872280277 so my friends can pop over and check this idea out. Hope that is ok with you. Cheers

Vanessa said...

I don't mind at all if you share the link. Thanks for visiting!

TheCraftBarn said...

Love it!! Such a GREAT (and cheap!!) think to do!! I posted a link to this on my blog...thru my pinterest board!
Thanks,
Jennifer @ The Craft Barn
**I also have a GIVEAWAY going on - please stop by & enter!!

Carrie said...

Thank you so much for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!! I love it and definitely want to try it. Can't wait to see what you share next week!

Fun Frugal Mommy said...

This is a great activity. I was going to do something similiar with foam hearts for cards this week. I would love if you shared this idea on my fun frugal friday linky party. www.funfrugalmommy.blogspot.com

Eddie said...

Brilliant! I'm going to try this out for some of our alphabet activities. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! What a simple but great idea!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Great idea--and great photos! Years ago, I did something similar with a film canister lid, but I like how yours turned out better!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

You are all over Pinterest!

I don't drink sports drinks, but I can ask my fourth graders for the lids!

It might make a good spelling center idea for next year!

Thanks. :)

(and thanks for following my blog)

Vanessa said...

Ellen, I've been really surprised by how popular this project is. These stamps are a lot of fun and I hope your class enjoys them as much as we have.

I'm sure you're already aware of this, but just a reminder that if you are going to stamp letters and numbers you should glue them on backwards so that they will stamp correctly. :)

Haley said...

Hi Vanessa. I just wanted to say thanks for this great idea I found it on Pinterest and I'm posting about using these in Easter baskets today on my blog. Thanks for sharing!
Everneveragain.com

Vanessa said...

I love the Easter basket idea! They also make good stocking stuffers at Christmas time.

vixen Made said...

Thanks for the fabulous idea! I pinned this forever ago and the kids and I finally made some. I linked this up on my blog today: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/04/bottlecap-stamps.html

Pancsi said...

Thank You for the useful idea! I have a lot of bottle top waiting to be recycled. So I made the stamps for Mothers Day crafting. I did not used stickers, but foam and cookie cutters.
http://pancsolo.blogspot.com/2012/04/nyomda-keszites.html

Pancsi

sawn48 said...

So glad I stumbled across your idea for the bottle caps. I have collected them forever.My only plan was to use them as bases to my tiny pin cushions, but now I can finally use lots of them up,in this way.Thanks a bunch.

Vanessa said...

I'm so glad I could help! :)

Kim @ Party Frosting! said...

so genius! I have a TON of foam stickers! gonna pass your link along on my FB

hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

Vanessa said...

Thanks for sharing, Kim!

renifer said...

Great idea! Thanks. :)
Renata

Tulip TrueAim said...

Now I just need to remember to save those bottle caps. Great way to upcycle. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

Michelle said...

Loved this idea! We saved bottle lids for a while, and had quite the collection. I actually did my own blog post on these, and linked it back here to your blog. Hope that's ok! Check it out here: http://sunshineandasummerbreeze.blogspot.com/search/label/Clever%20and%20Crafty

Sunshine Mama said...

I found this through Pintrest, and made them with my girls. We had all of the supplies at home, and they LOVE them!!

Amber Pafford said...

This is an awesome idea! I love stamps but they are so expensive!

Kim Jones said...

I just love this project! I'll be linking to it tomorrow on my blog: http://thehomemadeoasis.blogspot.com/

Hafsa said...

Hi Vanessa,

Thanks for sharing.

I noticed this trick is shared everywhere without proper credits, so I made this one for you:
http://pinterest.com/pin/71776187782778146/

Share my pin away! :)


Vanessa said...

Thanks for sharing with the credit, Hafsa!

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Kashfiya said...

Nice share. Also pretty amazing. I love stickers and I have collected more than 500 different stickers at PIJ designed by Takashi Murakami. Its really wonderful.
http://bit.ly/takashii

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