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diy project: kathy’s vintage milk bottle cap magnets

by Grace Bonney

[this fun diy idea comes from kathy beymer at merriment design. thanks to kathy for sharing it with us!]

I found a pile of buttermilk, chocolate milk and orange juice vintage bottle caps tucked away in a cardboard box in a lovely antique store in Savannah, Georgia. I thought, why not turn them into retro refrigerator magnets to show them off while making them useful once again?

Milk used to be carried and delivered in glass bottles starting in the late 1800s and cardboard caps like these capped the tops until around the mid 1950s. Dairies printed their names on the top of the cardboard caps to encourage return and reuse.
You can find your own vintage milk bottle caps on eBay from dairies all over – Indiana, Nebraska, New York, Quebec, California, and more. You can also find cardboard caps for cottage cheese, whipping cream, fruit punch and other treats as well as advertisements for ice cream and other items. I just love the graphic design and typography on these caps. My goal is to make things that are simple and useful, playful and clever. I think refrigerator magnets happily showcase these little vintage circles of art. –Kathy

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!


* Vintage milk bottle caps, preferably unused – I prefer the ones that are fully flat but they are also available with raised edges. I have 10 sets of my bottle caps for sale for those who prefer that style. Just email me at kathy@merrimentdesign.com
* 3/4″ round magnets
* Glue gun and glue sticks


1. Place a piece of paper down on your working surface. Using a hot glue gun, glue the magnet to the center of the cardboard milk cap back.

2. Press and hold. Allow to dry thoroughly before using; I waited a couple hours.

3. Using the Wink iPhone application from Shutterfly you can make super cute photobooth-esque strips from your photographs. I made some super cute B&W strips of Elise – one of her swinging in Wicker Park and another of her playing with her butterfly.

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