Thursday, June 7, 2012

Upcycled Bottle Cap Map of USA

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 Do you save your bottle caps? Have you ever wondered what to make with your old bottle caps? Well check out this amazing map of the United States that is made from bottle caps. Can you believe it? Now that is a recycling/upcycling project if I have ever seen one!
 I take no credit in the making of this masterpiece. The only thing this map and I have in common is that is belongs to my daughter's school. And when I walked past it for the first time, I had to do a double-take. Then my heart started pounding, and I almost broke out in the national anthem. (kidding). I am so glad I had my camera with me! It is amazing!
 Can you imagine the fun kids had in collecting all these bottle caps? (And the fun one lucky volunteer must have had drilling all these bottle caps)!
 I tried to get good detailed pictures, in case anyone brave enough ever tries to attempt this!
 I just love this, and had to share with the blogging world. My daughter is pretty lucky to go to such a dedicated school! :)



Here's one last look. You can see how huge it is compared to the wall. Cah-razy!

* UPDATE
I'm not entirely sure how this was made, but after seeing it in person, I thought I'd add a few tips from what I observed. 

-I gather that is it all mounted on a sheet of plywood.
-Then somehow they must have projected and traced all the states onto the plywood.
-Then they outlined the states in black.
-Then they painted each state, and the ocean in the corresponding colors of the caps.
-Then they drilled each cap, with a short screw, I am guessing.
-Last, students made labels for each state.

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30 comments:

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

that is amazing!!!

Morgan said...

That is incredible!

liza jane said...

That is so awesome!

Lorie said...

Um...I am totally in love! Like wondering how long it would take me to save all those bottle caps love! :X

I am going to share a link over on my blog!

Cozyflier said...

THANKS so much for sharing this! I am in the habit of recycling, but I save bottle caps from water and power ade bottles! I give them to the art teacher at school and to the craft director at the Alzheimer care center where my mother lives.

This may just be a future project!

Carrie

Ahna @ Easier Than I Thought said...

Very cool. Our local park had a display of large insects cut from plywood and adorned with bottle caps. It was very similar to the map. I love seeing those types of projects where so many people chip in to save the caps and recycle the materials. Thanks for sharing!

Sharlyn said...

That's amazing!! Thanks for sharing

VickiT said...

Wow! That is just awesome.

Janine LaTulippe said...

Wow! That is a piece of art. Very cool. That makes me think of a great idea for a project for my kids. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you at True Aim.

Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil said...

Oh my goodness! Super cool! That is awesome!

Mama Jodi said...

How amazingly cool is that?

Julie Snow said...

Very cool!

Emily said...

That is beyond amazing! I'm so impressed!! Your kids must go to an awesome school.

Julie said...

I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:
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Recipes We Love said...

That is so neat!!!

Linda Jordan said...

That's pretty awesome & would take forever! I have a thing for making map projects, but idk if I'd ever be able to collect enough bottle caps to make this one, haha. Visiting from 30 Handmade Days :)

Linda
http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

Coley said...

That is seriously amazing!

Christie said...

WOW, that's awesome!!

Connie said...

Amazing job!Very nice, please link it up with me today at Wow Us Wednesday.

Cindy deRosier said...

Wow- stunning! Have you asked at the school about which teacher(s) made it?

Bella@artclubblog said...

That's just amazing! They must have had a lot of kids saving bottle caps. Great shots of it!

Kristen Duke Photography said...

wow, that thing is MASSIVE! very very cool!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Wow! Sounds like a fabulous school! This is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing Rach! XO, Aimee

Tricia said...

Very cool! What an awesome project!

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Alexis @ we like to learn as we go said...

Wow this is amazing! What a fun thing to have at a school!

melissa@joyineveryseason said...

had to pop over from house of hepworth's to say WOW --- that is amazing!!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Now that's an art project to end all school art projects!!
Kelly

Eclectically Vintage said...

pinning and Fb sharing this baby!
Kelly

Our Pinteresting Family said...

That is awesome!! Megan

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Diane
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