What do you do with beer caps?

Discussion in 'Breweriana' started by singletary, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. singletary

    singletary Defender (627) Nov 8, 2015 Mississippi
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    I made a board of all the beer caps that I have drank over the last year. It has 108 bottle caps with each being a different one. Wondering what other people do with their caps? I an now trying to save enough to do a top of a table.
  2. HeyItsThatGuy

    HeyItsThatGuy Initiate (44) Feb 27, 2016 Illinois

    Garbage for me. Seems cool what you're doin' but for me, the only thing I treasure is the Liquid goodness passing through my lips down into the eternal abyss that I call my stomach. :grinning:
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  3. schteve

    schteve Aspirant (217) Sep 10, 2003 New Jersey

    Further down in this forum are a couple of recent threads with people showing off their handiwork. Check'em out!
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  4. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (2,603) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    I used to save them and give them to the kids. I still have a small box full in storage. Now, they go into the recycling bin...
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  5. singletary

    singletary Defender (627) Nov 8, 2015 Mississippi
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    Thanks I will check it out.
  6. BalancingBrooms

    BalancingBrooms Disciple (355) Aug 22, 2013 Louisiana

    Magnets, great for the fridge. Wife hangs way too much stuff so they're handy to her and aesthetically pleasing to me
  7. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Crusader (712) Apr 21, 2014 Ontario (Canada)
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    I make mine into magnets. I glue a small piece of wood to the underside of the caps, and then glue a small magnet to the wood. This extends the rough edge of the caps away from whatever surface I am putting them on. My wife "let's me" put them on our metal fire escape door, and she actually likes to play around with them and arrange them artistically. Here are a couple photos of my more boring current configuration and the underside of the caps.



  8. SirBottlecap

    SirBottlecap Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2013 California

    [​IMG] I also put mine on boards with screws and velcro. (This picture is a few months old; the board on the far right is almost full now and l have about two hundred more to add...)
  9. SirBottlecap

    SirBottlecap Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2013 California

    singletary... post a picture of your caps!! How are you mounting them to the board?
  10. singletary

    singletary Defender (627) Nov 8, 2015 Mississippi
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    I have not been able to get a picture to load, you can see on my facebook page. I used craft glue to Mont on a cork board. I am save some caps to put on a tabletop and have started a second board of caps.
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  11. Brutaltruth

    Brutaltruth Poo-Bah (2,250) Mar 22, 2014 Ohio

    Awesome! I have mine in water jugs from cooler and have dubbed them
    "liver damage".
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  12. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,135) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I create magnets with my caps and stick them on the underside of the heat ducts that run along the ceiling of my man cave. There are around 3,400 of them so far, and I'm about done.
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  13. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (1,580) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I keep mine in a large glass jar in anticipation of future projects. I also keep my wine corks in a large cork cage in anticipation of future projects.
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  14. Shanex

    Shanex Crusader (748) Dec 10, 2015 France
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    Wow some of you are creative. I'm just another dummy trashing them.
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  15. srgehl

    srgehl Initiate (176) Oct 22, 2014 New Jersey
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  16. TT99C5

    TT99C5 Initiate (122) Nov 23, 2016 Indiana

    I save each unique one I come across, been looking for a project to do with them. As of right now they are tacky taped (stuff used for sealing materials for vacuum forming) to a board I had laying around. My thought eventually will be to lay them out on a table top then clear epoxy them AS the table top. Eventually. I think.
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  17. AndyCapper

    AndyCapper Initiate (22) May 6, 2015 United Kingdom (England)

    I'm very pleased to see that your displaying a good selection of crown caps from the UK - cheers!
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  18. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,284) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    I make magnets out of the originals and put all the repeats in jars on display.
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  19. lightman1

    lightman1 Initiate (70) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas
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    I save them in a medium flat rate USPS box on top of my beer fridge and occasionally send them to someone on BA that collects them. Before that they went in the trash.
  20. jpstodwftexas

    jpstodwftexas Initiate (117) Jan 1, 2017 Texas

    Like others glue Magnets to them
  21. F_Amor

    F_Amor Initiate (124) Aug 12, 2015 Texas

    I had mine in shoe boxes for a long time. I decided they were going in the trash unless I could find a decent way to display them. I went to Lowe's to see if corner moldings might work as a small shelf - not really. I then noticed sheetrock corners. They come in plastic (what I used) or galvanized steel. You can get a 8 foot piece for about $4. Each piece holds several hundred caps without you having to do anything to the caps. These shelves work well for odd-sized caps too, like caps with pull-tabs, caps on top of corked Belgian bottles, etc.
    #21 F_Amor, Jan 1, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2017
  22. eLMsITYbUM

    eLMsITYbUM Initiate (79) Oct 24, 2007 New Hampshire
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    What is the red one with the devil on it?
  23. eLMsITYbUM

    eLMsITYbUM Initiate (79) Oct 24, 2007 New Hampshire
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    We have a bunch of magnets and my brother made us some nice coasters with some cork on the back( caps 3x3 in a square).
  24. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Crusader (712) Apr 21, 2014 Ontario (Canada)
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    In the middle photo on the left hand side? That is the regular Trou du Diable cap. Good Brewery is in Shawinigan Quebec

  25. jesus_man

    jesus_man Initiate (132) May 8, 2015 Illinois

    Subscribed. I have made magnets out of the few unique and favorites, but have been collecting for some project! Some of you guys have an amazing collection.
  26. lightman1

    lightman1 Initiate (70) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas
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    I just gave a local guy a medium flat rate box full of caps to decorate his bar top with.
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  27. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (3,007) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I carefully remove mine so there is no opener dent. I wash and dry them and throw them into zip-lock bags. When I work a beer fest, I throw the bags on the counter for anyone to take. This year I'll also have a bag or two of corks.
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  28. Jerseyislandbeer

    Jerseyislandbeer Meyvn (1,215) Jan 26, 2014 Jersey

    Just been sorting & cleaning my collection of different beer caps - total of 408 from nearly 10 years of drinking different bottles, with plenty more to be added once I get around to drinking the beers in my garage.
    Been thinking about plans for them - going to mount then in 1320mm x 798mm sized frame using wooden disks & fix it on the wall in my hall (or study when the wife protests long & hard) I work out there's room for 1215 different caps - got to have plenty of room for expansion!
  29. joshdaut

    joshdaut Aspirant (263) Jun 3, 2015 Illinois
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    My girlfriend actually just got me a Bottle Cap Shadow Box for my birthday, so I've been using that. Still have a long way to go until it's completely filled.
  30. RedhawkPoke

    RedhawkPoke Aspirant (298) Jan 30, 2017 Oklahoma
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    Filling a bottle cap map of Oklahoma currently. About half way through.
  31. singletary

    singletary Defender (627) Nov 8, 2015 Mississippi
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    Wife got me one of Mississippi that I am filling with caps from brewery from here and surrounding states.
  32. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Aspirant (222) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts
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    [​IMG] My wife makes Christmas trees out of them and sells them on Etsy. If anyone has a good, multicolored collection that they don't want and are in the Boston area let me know, we might take them off your hands. [​IMG]
  33. singletary

    singletary Defender (627) Nov 8, 2015 Mississippi
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    That is very clever. Would never have come up with idea.
  34. ShetlandJon

    ShetlandJon Initiate (117) Aug 11, 2017 Scotland

    I'm currently in the process of gathering caps to make a table top with. I'm looking about 1500 caps total for it, and currently have about 500 or so, so I have plenty of drinking to do yet!

    My duplicates are currently being stored and displayed in a big fancy glass vase/bottle my now ex-gf bought me for that very purpose.
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  35. warrendietrich2001

    warrendietrich2001 Defender (632) Feb 13, 2013 Nevada
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    I bought some large metal letters at the Hobby Lobby and some magnets. Than I glued the magnets onto the caps put the caps on the letters and spelled out Beer looks really good but my wife says it does not match the theme of the house so I ended up putting it in a room that nobody uses.
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  36. kegeratorexpert

    kegeratorexpert Initiate (105) Aug 5, 2017 England

    My wife makes crafts at home using caps.Some caps will be thrown in dustbin.
  37. nater919

    nater919 Defender (667) Aug 26, 2016 New York
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    I have encased bottle caps in clear acrylic to make coasters, or more accurately coaster. I made one, and it came out pretty good but I have been too lazy to make anymore so now all of my caps are crammed into a jar probably never to see the light of day again, but I still keep saving them.
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  38. ICTguy21

    ICTguy21 Aspirant (263) Jul 18, 2017 Kansas

    I'm saving all of my primarily red, blue, white, and yellow ones and once I collect enough my plan is to arrange them on a cork board in the design of the Colorado state flag, frame it, and hang it on the wall.
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  39. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Initiate (188) May 7, 2017 Utah
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    I'm storing them in an old Bookers box. Once its full im gonna do something with them
  40. jesus_man

    jesus_man Initiate (132) May 8, 2015 Illinois

    I like that!!! A lot of my caps are from Belgium - wonder if I could pull that one off? But a CO flag would be killer!
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