Last-minute gift DIY: Bottle cap pins

It’s crunch time: two more days until Christmas, which means you should probably be done wrapping all your gifts by now. Who are we kidding, though? The holiday season doesn’t necessarily mean vacation. You were probably too busy meeting deadlines or catching up on all the sleep you’ve lost braving the storm that is the late Christmas mall rush. So if you’re that friend who endures the teasing because you didn’t have anything to bring to your annual barkada reunion or work Christmas party, don’t worry: we completely understand.

To make up for all the gifts that you neglected to give, we’ve come up with a quick last-minute DIY gift that’s guaranteed to impress, even if you give them after Christmas. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the crafty type either because these bottle cap pins are really simple to make. All you need to do is cut and paste. The only tricky part is explaining to your drunk titos why you’re stealing all the caps from their beer bottles at all the family reunions you’ll be at this weekend. But then again, that’ll also be worth it.


  • Tanzans (beer bottle caps/caps from glass bottles)
  • 1-inch photos of what you want to put on your pin (bond paper and magazine paper work best)
  • Scissors or craft knife
  •  Clear nail polish (in this tutorial, we used clear glitter polish)
  •  Pin backs
  • Regular glue
  • Super glue


Cut out the photo that you want to stick to the pin. You can format your photos into 1-inch circles using photo-editing software like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, but you can also do it manually by printing them out and outlining them with circles. In this case, we decided to use the popular memes of Arthur’s Fist and Harambe.


Apply a small amount of regular glue to the back of the photo that you want to put on the pin. Make sure to spread the glue evenly so that the entire back of the photo is covered.


Place the photo onto the open side of the bottle cap and flatten it until the entire photo is firmly glued to the surface. Wait for it to dry.


Apply a coat of clear (or glitter) polish to the front of the photo. Wait for it to dry, then add another coat. Set aside to dry for 10 minutes.


Turn the cap over and apply a line of super glue to the area where you want to attach the pin back.

STEP 6 & 7

Then, carefully set the pin back onto the line of glue. Leave the pin to dry overnight, and you’re set!


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