How to make flag coasters from bottle tops
The World Cup is starting soon, so I thought I’d treat the football fans with a special and made World Cup coasters from bottle tops.
There are 32 teams taking part, but making all of the flags would have taken too long…
Apologies to my Australian readers, your flag was a bit too difficult for the short time I had. Maybe I do one in the future.
So, the 12 national flags I chose are: Argentina, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Sweden.
I don’t have the time, patience nor the resources to wait until I got enough bottle tops in the right colours and I guess you don´t either. Therefore I show you here, how to paint them in the colours you need.
What you need:
– 12 bottle tops per coaster
They don’t need to be exactly the same width, but make sure they are the same height!
– Acrylic paint (white, plus any colour you’ll need),
– Paint brush (best a flat square) and a small round artist brush, if you need to add a design
– Scotch tape or painter’s tape,
– Hot glue gun and glue,
– Clear sealant spray (clear nail varnish might do as well, but it’s more work. I haven’t tried yet, so not sure how it will be with drinks…)
First lay out 3 rows of 4 bottle tops and make sure they are the same height.
Should you have tops with spikes underneath like those:
Get a nail clipper and cut them off underneath the bottom of the bottle top. That way they stand better and will not be as wobbly.
If you have dark and bright bottle tops that need to be the same colour, paint them white first! Otherwise they won’t look the same. I did with the Spanish flag to show you.
For bottle tops that have to be in 2 colours, I recommend you to tape them for the first colour.
You will have to apply 2 to 4 coats, depending on the colour. To get it looking even, paint each coat in a different direction and give each coat enough time to dry. Paint the sides of the bottles as well or it will look odd.
Very important: carefully remove the tape after you applied the last coat! Don’t let it dry or you will rip part of the paint off as well!
Once you have painted all of your base colours (decorations of smaller parts come later), get out your hot glue gun. I recommend you to glue in rows of 3 tops (so going down) applying a bit of glue.
For the second row apply a drop of glue to the first top and after adding the top one, apply a bit to both tops you want to attach the next one to.
I really struggled with the first flags and wondered if my glue was too old… just to then realise that I only unplugged it the last time without switching it to the low heat ?That’s why on some of the flags on the photo you still can see a bit of glue.
Right, back to explaining how you can do it properly…
After you glued all pieces together you might have to touch some of the tops up again with a bit of paint. The acrylic paint scratches off easily. Good thing if you have made a mistake and have to paint again…
They should look like this after gluing:
If your flag has a design, add it now. Remember to give the paint enough time to dry, or you will get smears.
Last step is to apply the clear sealant. Spray according to the instructions using short strokes in different directions to cover all angles. Let dry and apply another coat. Once dry, you can enjoy your coasters!
I have tried one with a cup of coffee and it didn´t have an effect on the paint, so all drinks are fine. Just be careful cleaning them. Best to use a damp cloth and don´t put them with your regular washing up or into the dish washer.
My apologies to Japan. Out of the ones I painted after gluing, I didn’t think it was exactly this one which wouldn’t work out… I will re-do it and change the photos.
Feel free to share your own version in the comments or simply email them.