Don't throw out those bottle caps. Here are 12 cool ways to use them

You twist it off and throw it away without even thinking of it -- the bottle cap. Made of metal or plastic, the bottle cap seems like something only useful for sealing a bottle. So you into the trash it goes.
It's hard to believe that something so small can be transformed into amazing projects for your home, but with a little creativity and a bucket of bottle caps you can create almost anything. These 12 projects will have you collecting bottle caps in no time at all.
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1. Bottle cap magnets and thumbtacks
Martha Stewart is the queen of repurposing items in new and creative ways. In this tutorial, she takes simple metal bottle caps and adds black and white pictures to create a sophisticated photo display for your fridge or cork board.
2. Garden bottle cap flowers
These cute garden flowers don't require any water or fertilizer. They add a whimsical and colorful touch to your flower garden. To keep blooms in your garden year round, simply follow this easy tutorial for creating metal bottle cap flowers.  
3. Bottle cap mirror
Create a functional piece of art by surrounding a mirror with repurposed metal bottle caps. This creative use of bottle caps adds a hint of nostalgia to any room. Aleene's Glue Products shows you how to safely secure the metal bottle caps in this tutorial.
4. Bottle cap snowmen
These adorable snowmen will liven up your holiday season. Collect metal bottle caps throughout the year for this creative holiday craft project. Perfect for crafting with children, you can enjoy these homemade keepsakes for years to come. Snapguide shows you how to create these here.
5. Bottle cap flag
Show off your American pride with this creative display of bottle caps. Although Hometalk does not showcase a tutorial to create the flag, you can use their inspiring idea to create your own piece of metal bottle cap art.
6. Bottle cap games
A friendly game of tic-tac-toe is easy to create using either recycled or new bottle caps. This metal bottle cap idea found at Bottle Cap Company is a cute idea for your patio or outdoor area.
7. Puffy bottle caps
Transform your bottle caps into round ornaments for hanging on garlands, necklaces or keychains using this amazing tutorial at CrispArt. With the use of his handmade tool, Cris Peacock creates something truly unique.
8. Bottle cap candles
Adorable little candles made from metal bottle caps are both whimsical and functional. A unique idea for birthday parties or for a camping kit, all you need is bottle caps, candle wax and wicking material. The perfect little candle can be quickly created by following this tutorial created by Sarah at Popsugar.
9. Plastic bottle cap basket
This colorful basket is made from plastic bottle lids. While the tutorial by Taringa is in Spanish, the step-by-step pictures make it easy to follow no matter what language you speak. It can easily be modified to create any size of basket you need. Your only limit is the amount of bottle caps you can save!
10. Bottle cap wind chimes
This colorful wind chime will create quiet music in your garden. Kelli Nina Perkins purchased her soda bottle caps online in order to make an epic wind chime. You can collect or purchase bottle caps to create your own version. ​
11. Repurposed magnets
Reuse not only your bottle caps, but your newspaper or magazines to create these decoupage magnets. Charmed Earth shows you how to turn over your bottle cap and use the outside to create a unique magnet idea. You can create an entire alphabet for messages and fridge poetry.
12. Bottle cap table
Looking for a truly unique piece of furniture? Collect your metal bottle caps to craft a focal point to use in any room of your house. These step-by-step instructions show you how to carefully pour the resin topper to create a clear, durable surface.
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