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Beer Bottle Tops to Garden Art

upcycled garden art

I wouldn’t say that I am the most skilled artist around but I do like to dabble. For me it is about making the most from what you have got.

In this case I was working away from home a lot and staying in hotels with bars. They didn’t have a recycling regime in place at all so kindly donated their bottle tops to me.

This is what I then created. I hope to show you that you can too.

Materials Needed

  1. Gorilla glue, or other suitably robust glue for wood and metals.
  2. Wooden pallets
  3. Bottle tops!!! Like a seriously large amount of bottle tops!
  4. A pair of pliers
  5. A wood saw
  6. And possibly a wood bench or similar place to work from.

Step One

gentle squeeze with the pliers.

I used a large piece of cardboard and drew out the rough shape of a crab.

I even used the pliers at this point to squeeze a few tops to see if they made better legs.

Once it has worked the way you want it to, you can then make up the wooden pallets to the correct size of cardboard.

Step Two

cut the wood pallet to the right length, I then used two further pieces across the back to glue them all in place.

At this point you can walk away for a few hours to enjoy a few moments of relaxation and find the right spot in the garden for your masterpiece.

Step Three

The Gorilla Glue comes in a tube with a nozzle. This is super helpful for a well placed squeeze and squirt.

I cover the rim of each bottle top and then firmly place it onto the wooden pallet backing. Top Tip – only remove the bottle top once you have placed the previous one. That way you get a consistent look.

The ones that have been pushed in half are easier to place as they have a wider surface area to attached with the glue.

You will find that the glue dries clear so do not worry too much about any excess.

It will rub off your hands quite easily too, but it is not suitable for younger children!

Step Four

I waited for around three hours before shifting it to its final place on the fence. I would say that as a rule of thumb, once the excess glue has gone clear it can be moved with ease.

I will be trying out different designs, although I seem a bit fixated on the sea as I have a lobster and shark fin in my mind. Perhaps this is because you see so many discarded bottle tops on the beach and it just seems fitting. I would rather make them into art then ever see one near our Oceans again.

This is the first year that I have tried these, but already with the rain and the sunshine they are changing colour and settling in to their new garden quite well.

So why not see if you fancy giving them a go and sharing with us all? I will be posting more of the same to here and my site TheMiniSmallholder.com if you want to share any other ideas you may have!

The more non-sea related the better!! We love to reuse and repurpose old materials and will be adding more content here as we create them at home.

Our real motto is to make the most of what you have got and I estimate the total cost of this project to have been 12p.

Who says saving the Earth has to cost the Earth?

By Alex The Mini Small Holder

I am starting on my journey to zero waste and love to be creative with how I use our waste.

I am also now known at work as the person to bring all of your waste in for! Be it broken crockery, beer bottle tops or scraps of fabric, I will love the challenge of creating something of beauty from it.

We are looking to move to our own smallholding in the near future and are starting with our own back yard. We eat our own food and grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables.

Moving towards zero waste is not without its difficulties, so if you would like to share in our struggles and success come on over to theminismallholder.com

ACT NOW! "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it"Robert Swann


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