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Refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

How to make refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

I created this DIY for a design*sponge guest post. Welcome, design*sponge readers!

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? You only need a couple of supplies, 3/4-inch round magnets and glue gun.

How to make refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

How to make refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

How to make refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

Milk used to be carried and delivered in glass bottles starting in the late 1800s and

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

from dairies all over – Indiana, Nebraska, New York, Quebec, California, and more. There you’ll also find cardboard caps for cottage cheese, whipping cream, orange drink, fruit punch and other treats as well as ads for ice cream and other items.

I just love the graphic design and typography on vintage milk and juice bottle caps. Aren’t they fun and full of personality?

How to make refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

You can find them on ebay. Here are current eBay auctions for vintage milk bottle caps:

How to make refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle 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.

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Kimberlee

Wednesday 11th of May 2011

These are 'sew' cute! Love 'em. ~Kimberlee

Kloe

Monday 27th of December 2010

This is a great idea! They look great and are a good way of recycling. It's my first time on your website and I really like what you do. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

Kim

Monday 15th of November 2010

They're great! It would be awesome to find scanned images of bottle tops. It would be easy to print and then affix to cardstock circles, and then attach it all to that flat, self adhesive magnet stuff.

lauren

Monday 2nd of August 2010

I would love to win the velcro...I am a facebook fan, RSS follower AND follow you on Twitter!

Beth

Sunday 18th of July 2010

I've always loved collecting cool magnets and these are so adorable!

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