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Alicia W
Alicia W
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  • Middletown, PA

Bottle Top Table

4 Materials
3 Days

I’ve been collecting bottle tops all summer with the intention of making something. Here’s that something.
bottle top table
It wasn’t just me drinking all the drinks, I did have help.
bottle top table
I started by separating the tops by brand and color just to see how many of each I had.
bottle top table
A-This is the table that I’m using. It has some scratches on top but it’s metal and a great outside table.
B-I measured and marked the table top into equal sections.
bottle top table
Before I put the caps on the table, I wanted to figure out a pattern.
A-Using inexpensive wrapping paper, I turn the table on it’s head and traced around the top and cut out the circle.
B-It took a awhile to figure out the pattern but I came up with something that I liked.

bottle top table
Some of the tops were bent when they were taken off the bottle.
A-If the top of the tops were bent, I used a hammer to flatten them
B-If the sides were bent, I used a needle nose plyers to straighten them.
bottle top table
To stick the bottle caps to the table top:
A-I scooped mastic into a small plastic bag
B-and cut the corner off
C-I piped the mastic into the bottle top
D-I began in the middle with my favorite cap
bottle top table
Once all of the tops were on the table and the mastic was dry, I needed to add an edge around the table.
A-Using duct tape, I laid the tape sticky side up
B-and folded down 1/4 of the tape and stuck it to the other side
C-I placed the folded down edge above the table top and using the sticky part to adhere the tape to the table.
bottle top table
To my the grout,
A-I mixed 3 cups of dry grout
B-added 1/2 cup of water
C-and stirred together until I had the consistency of mashed potatoes
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A-Using an old wooden spoon, I put the grout on top of the caps making sure I pushed the grout between the bottle caps.
B-I used a sponge and plain water to remove the excess grout
I allowed the grout to dry for 24 hours.
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Once the grout was dry,
A-I removed the duct tape
B-and sanded the rough edge
C-then wiped the entire table with a soft cloth and plain water.
bottle top table
I applied mosaic sealer liberally using a sponge brush.
I allowed the sealer to dry for 24 hours.
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Table turned out great, it’s weather proof and looks great outside.
Now to start collecting more bottle tops for the next project.
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3 of 6 questions
  • Mary Jalkiewicz Wrobel
    on May 11, 2018

    Does the tape go around table or under caps

    • Renee
      on May 11, 2018

      On the Outside Edge around the table to keep the grout even to the edge of the table...

  • Would a collection of buttons work instead of bottle caps?

    • Sherry Dain
      on Jun 26, 2018

      I was going to suggest resin as well. Just make sure that you measure it exactly. Too much of either solution will make it sticky.

  • Bev1463017
    on May 11, 2018

    Will it adhere to glass?

    • Joan
      on Jun 19, 2018

      I believe the mastic would, but, not sure about grout. If you took sandpaper and roughed up the glass first to give the grout something to grab onto . Or do it let it all dry and Glue it down!

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  • Janis Birdwell Douglas
    on Jun 26, 2018

    I like the look of the red table showing thru the caps, before grout. Think I might use the resin instead for a different look. Either way...looks great!!!

  • Sharon Hiler Greggs
    on Jul 12, 2018

    I really like this and want to make one when I get some time. If it'll lay flat, I want to put a peice of glass cut to put on top to keep it nice and clean for a long time. I'd love to have the same style of table too! Thanks for sharing!

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