Making Plastic Bottle Cap Christmas Ornaments

Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - ornaments hanging on the tree
This is a page about making plastic bottle cap Christmas ornaments. You don't necessarily envision cute Christmas ornaments when you look at plastic bottle caps. But add some paint, glitter, sequins, ribbon, and beads to create these adorable ornaments.

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December 5, 2018

Upcycling makes me so happy. I had so much fun making these ornaments from plastic bottle tops. Don't get me wrong; I love beautiful ornaments, especially vintage hand-me-downs. But there's something super special about making your own from scratch. I decorated the caps using scraps from my leftover craft supplies, so these cost me next to nothing!

I used regular water bottle caps and larger sports drink caps for these ornaments.

Total Time: 1 hour plus dry time

Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - ornaments hanging on the tree


  • plastic bottle caps
  • spray paint
  • string
  • hot glue gun with glue
  • white glue
  • glitter
  • tweezers
  • sequins
  • hole punch tool
  • ribbon
  • beads
Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - supplles


  1. Spray paint the exterior portions of the caps. Allow to dry.
  2. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - spray paint the outside of the caps and allow to dry

  3. For the ornament hangers, cut a piece of string about 8 inches long, then double/triple knot the ends to make a loop. Make one loop for each ornament.
  4. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - cut string and triple knot the ends to make hangers
  5. Place the knotted end of the loop inside the middle of a small bottle cap and hot glue it down.
  6. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - glue the knotted end down inside the cap
  7. Add a thin line of hot glue all around the lip of the bottle cap, then place another small bottle cap on it and hold closed.
  8. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - add a line of glue around the lip of the cap and glue another one one

  9. To give some sparkle to the exterior of the ornament, put it on a plate or pan with edges to catch debris. Apply a nice, thick layer of white glue to any areas you'd like the glitter.
  10. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - add white glue to all areas where you would like glitter
  11. Immediately sprinkle the glitter on. Shake excess off.
  12. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - add glitter and shake off excess
  13. Grab a sequin with your tweezers and dip the backside onto the top of the glue bottle to grab a small dot of glue.
  14. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - use tweezers to add a bit of glue to the back of sequins
  15. Gently drop the sequins down to make designs. Allow to dry.
  16. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - make your designs

  17. To make larger ornaments, glue together two larger caps.
  18. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - glue together larger caps
  19. Glue a small cap on top.
  20. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - glue a small cap on top
  21. Take another small cap and pierce the middle with a hole punch.
  22. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - pierce the center of a small cap
  23. Thread it with one of the string loops from earlier.
  24. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - thread with a string loop from earlier
  25. Add a blob of hot glue on the inside of the hole to seal shut.
  26. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - add a blob of glue to close the hole and secure the hanger

  27. Glue stringed cap onto the other side, which is now the top.
  28. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - glue stringed cap the the other side which now becomes the top
  29. Glue some ribbon around the sides of the ornament.
  30. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - glue ribbon around the sides
  31. String a bead onto the top of the ornament.
  32. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - ribbon glued to both large caps and a bead strung onto the string hanger
  33. Decorate some others, dry, and hang!
  34. Plastic Bottle Cap Ornaments - decorate more
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