November 19, 2012

Bottle Cap Advent Calendar - Mellywood's Mansion

G'day Sugar Bee readers, I'm Mel and I blog over at Mellywood's Mansion. I'm almost as new to blogging as I am to being at home with my 5 children who range in age from 1 - 14. My blog, coming to you all the way from Australia, is my diary of diy delights and disasters

This is me and my 1 year old Max - Photo by Max using my phone, so it's my fav!

Today I'm sharing my Bottle Cap Advent Calendar, perfect for young girls who love making and wearing jewelry.


Flatten bottle caps (buy or make, but they will need a small hole up the top)
A Frame (I used an 8 by 10)
Small Cup Hooks
Jewelry Findings (split rings, blank charm bracelets necklaces, key tags, All found very cheap on Ebay)
Assorted Scrapbook Paper
1 inch circle punch
Epoxy Dots
Flat Backed Christmas Ornaments
Vinyl numbers or scrapbook stickers

First mix equal parts of glitter and modpodge, I recommend starting with a small amount as a little goes a long way, and paint the bottle caps.

While they're drying mark out the placement of the bottle caps on your frame back and screw the hooks in to make the holes. Once you have made all of the holes paint the frame back with the glitter and modpodge mix, once dry add another coat of modpodge to seal and dry.

Punch 25 1 inch circles from your scrap book paper and modpodge to the other side of the bottle cap. I choose not to go with a Christmas theme so my daughter can wear her jewelry after the Christmas holidays.

Then add the epoxy dots. These magnify the pictures and really make them pop.

Add your findings - what you use will depend on the jewelry you would like to make. I made charms to make 3 pairs of earrings, 2 bracelets, 2 necklaces and 2 key tags.

Screw the hooks into the frame, then place the caps on the hooks in whatever order you like and add the advent numbers and pop into the frame.  (Sorry about the photo, it was dark and I couldn't get a better shot than this.)

Then I made a little pillow box to place the finding in, your little girl can decide what jewelry she would like to make each day, you could also buy a little gift box if you wanted to.

Then I decorated the frame and called it done.

Each day help them add a charm to the various findings and by Christmas Day your little girl will have quite the jewelry collection.

I think a cute little jewelry box for Christmas would complete this.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I'd love to see you take a trip to the land Down Under, where women glow and men thunder (if you leave a comment telling me what this song is, you'll find yourself with a new mate!) On my blog you will find things like my Sesame Street Nursery which I made for just over $100 or my Ruffle Scarf, which would make a lovely gift.


Thanks for reading and a huge thanks to Mandy for having me. Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!.

Mel xo

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About Author:

Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

9 Fabulous Comments:

The Land Down Under!! Mel...this is one fabulous project! Love that the girls get something they can use all year too! How fun...and glittery! Awesome guest post girl!

Absolutely gorgeous! I think I'm going to have to use bottle caps to make some gifts for Christmas! Thanks for the ideas!

This came out beautiful! Good job my friend!

Oh my goodness. The little girl inside of me is in love. This is the sweetest advent calendar I have seen. What an absolutely brilliant idea. It's hard to believe you are a new blogger, when I first started blogging, I blogged about make fabric flowers...for a new blogger, you certainly are inspiring and creating BEAUTIFUL ideas.

The Land Down Under (Men At Work)! Those earrings look fabulous and love the advent calender! Thanks for sharing, Mel!

Thanks Danni and song title is spot on :)

Thanks guys and it was Men at Work's The Land Down Under.

I love Mel's blog - such great ideas and I LOVE this project - so so awesome. xxx Nat

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