Appalachia Christmas

Bottle Cap Snowmen

How to make bottle cap snowmen

Over the weekend, Chitter and I made snowmen ornaments out of bottle caps. They are easy to make; you might even have the supplies on hand (I did); and they are too cute.

Easy christmas ornament


You need:

  • ribbon or yarn pieces-I keep all kinds of scrap ribbon-I find it especially hard to throw away the pretty ribbon that comes on things you buy.
  • bottle caps-painted white on the inside-I used spray paint
  • hot glue
  • buttons or other small items like sparkles/spangles

Easy ornaments for christmas


Make a loop in the ribbon to hang the ornament from-then glue the first bottle cap on. I’m showing you the back side-it’s easier to glue when the inside of the bottle cap is facing you and the ribbon is laying flat. That way you can make sure the bottle cap is on straight.

Making a snowman ornament is easy


Glue the next 2 bottle caps onto the ribbon-making sure they are snug against the cap above them. Again-it is easier to if the bottle caps are facing you.

Snowmen ornaments


Once the bottle caps are glued in place-you can use a marker or a paint brush-to add dots for eyes, lips, buttons and to add a carrot nose.

Easy snowman ornament


To finish the snowman off-give him a scarf by tying a piece of ribbon or yarn around his neck and gluing on a button or other form of decoration for his scarf.

The snowmen look adorable on the tree-and they make a cute addition to present wrappings as well.

I’m a creative person-I love to make things-but somehow it pleases me even more when I can make something from the things I already have on hand. I don’t know if that means I’m resourceful or a cheapskate.



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  • Reply
    Susie Swanson
    December 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    These are so cute. I’ve never been to crafty unless you count quilting..Thanks for the tips.

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    Mrs. K
    December 11, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Very cute idea! Love the snowmen. Going to have to give this a try.

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    janet pressley
    December 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Too cute!

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    December 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Those snowmen are adorable and a great way to re-purpose things most folks would throw away without giving it a thought.
    I don’t think you’re a cheapskate, you’re clever and resourceful and there is a great deal of satisfaction in that. I feel the same way when I make something out of “nothing”, it’s almost like getting away with something, isn’t it? I think Miss Cindy said it best, it’s part of our proud heritage!

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    B. ruth
    December 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Whew, finally back online! We had a “thunderboomer” witha “lightningstriker”..ooooh it was “skeery”! I was shuttin’ down my computer, when in came the surge, things began to “snap, cackle and pop” and it were’nt my Rice Krispies! I just knew my ‘puter was fried…After working on it for a while…it finally came back online…I had trouble connecting to a network!
    Now then, those are cute Snowmen or Snowpeople…I have trouble finding bottle caps anymore…I can buy them but don’t want to go to the expense! You are lucky you have someone to save them for you. I have been wanting to crochet an (old-fashioned pattern)
    bottle-cap grape trivet..With the new cotton yarn colors I thought it would be fun..Ask Granny, I’ll bet she remembers them from the 50 and 60’s…
    If I can find some caps, I’ll be making me some snowmen..Some of the cutest ornaments are made from nut shell, egg cartons, bottle caps and old rusty jar rings (painted of course!)…
    Thanks for the craft tip,
    and great post Tipper

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    December 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for another great craft idea Tipper! We have a box full of bottle caps and are going to make a bunch of ornaments to take the residents of our local senior center. By the way, we are still waiting to see your 2012 Christmas tree!

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    Glynda P. Chambers
    December 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

    So so cute, Love these little snowmen. I love Snowmen and have collected a lot over the years so I will definitely make some of these. Thanks for sharing and I
    look forward to more ideas from you and the girls.

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    December 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

    How resourceful you are! Makes a
    pretty snowman using them bottlecaps. Bet your house is like
    a Christmas museum!…Ken

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    December 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

    How cute! I doubt there is a bottle cap within miles from here. The last time I bought those four pack (forgot the brand) bottles of soft drinks for the kids was months ago.

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    Sue Crane
    December 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

    resourceful or a cheapskate — what you are is TALENTED! and frugal 🙂

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    December 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Such a great little craft idea – great to do with small children. Thanks for sharing a nice holiday idea.

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    December 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Ed-LOL! I didn’t even know what the caps came from : ) The girls used to make bottle cap necklaces and a friend who worked at a hair salon in Asheville saved the caps from the salon for us : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    December 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Hey Tipper: This reminds me on our Christmas season back in the Cove – when we ‘had to make do’ with what we had for our decorations! We sure did not have any bottle caps! But we could have used can lids and make happy FAT faces for our decorations.
    Eva Nell

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    December 10, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Those little snowmen are just precious! I think I just might have some bottle caps in my craft box. Have a great week!

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    Janet Smart
    December 10, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Cute, Tipper! You know me, I love to make ornaments, and making them out of stuff you have on hand makes it even better.

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    Ed Ammons
    December 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

    SANPELLEGRINO- What’s that? What y’all been drinking over there in Wilson Holler? I am on to you. It’s that imported stuff, ain’t it. You should have painted the back too. Maybe crafty is the word that best describes you.

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    Mary Shipman
    December 10, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Think of it as being a great recycler!
    Love the snowmen!

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Now this is cute, sending to my grandchildren

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    Miss Cindy
    December 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Tipper, those are cute as they can be. Resourceful combined with creative is a powerful thing. Don’t you think that is part of our Appalachian heritage?
    I love the idea of using what we have instead of always spending money for new things. We have become such a throwaway society, I cherish anything lasting.

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    December 10, 2012 at 6:29 am

    How cute! I think it’s more fun to use what you have on hand instead of having to buy everything. By the time I have to go to the store, then I’m out of the mood.

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