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How to make your own bottle-top Christmas wreath

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Here's a great way to up-cycle all those bottle crown-caps over the festive season. Sue Reid, Adnams' lovely receptionist, has spent several hours crafting a very special Christmas wreath. Sue explains how:

"This Adnams bottle cap wreath was a true labour of love and was inspired by Instagram browsing in the wee small hours...

To make a bottle cap Christmas wreath, you will need:

  • A hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • A cardboard wreath made from recycled cardboard (or if you have an an old polystyrene ring, use that)
  • Lots of bottle tops - (how many you need depends on how big your wreath is - the more the better in case of glue mishaps)

To make the cardboard wreath, draw the outline of a circle onto a flattened cardboard box using a large bowl. Draw a smaller circle in the centre and cut out the centre. Cut several circles to give a sturdy wreath base. Glue together with a hot glue gun. Wrap the wreath in ribbon or coloured paper securing at intervals with a hot glue gun. Use a colour that won't show through too much on the finished wreath in case there are any gaps.

How to make it:

  • Cover the back of the wreath in tinsel or ribbon. I used a bit of tinsel to set the tops off nicely -  it also looks a bit neater in case your bottle caps don’t line up evenly on the first layer.
  • Start by gluing the underneath of your bottle top all around the edge, you may find it easier to use Blutac attached to the end of a pencil to hold the bottle cap else you could end up with molten glue on your fingers and painful burnt fingertips, I learned this the hard way.
  • Place the glued bottle cap onto the wreath, starting on the bottom outside edge, and work around until you meet up at the beginning. Repeat another layer of bottle caps above and repeat until you have covered the entire wreath.
  • At this stage, you will notice parts of the wreath showing through so you need to start the process again, alternating the bottle caps neatly and uniformly over the gaps.
  • Finish with a ribbon and hang from a wreath hook over the door.

Good luck! We'd love to see your recycled bottle top wreaths - share your pictures with us via facebook, twitter or instagram.    


Sarah Groves