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Creativity Prompt – Reuse A Bottle Lid To Create Your Own Patterned Paper

November 6th, 2009 by Avital

Reuse A Bottle Lid To Create Your Own Patterned Paper

Every time I manage to find a new use to something that would otherwise find itself in the recycling bin, I am happy, even skittish… (I will deny if you tell).

In this week’s creativity prompt I am reusing bottle lids to create artistic patterned papers.

The polka-dot-circular-spotty look is extremely popular right now and almost ALL the patterned paper manufacturers have a few in their latest collections. Before you reach your hand to the wallet and buy some new papers why not stopping at the recycling bin and make your own ones?

If you are interested in some ideas, then keep on reading.

Tools & Supply

How To

Watch on You Tube.
[I have had lots of comments requesting me to speak on my videos. I hate talking because my funny accent shines through. This time I took a deep breath and created a voice over – with my voice (I have to write it to believe it). Tell me the truth, don’t you want the fabulous music back?]

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Dip the lid in a pool of acrylic paint and stamp over the cardstock. To get a good impression of the lid make sure its entire surface is covered with paint. You may also use a brush to apply the paint more evenly to the lid. Apply some pressure on the lid, but beware of the paint’s slipperiness. I was going for the artistic look so I didn’t mind the imperfect stamping.
  2. You may use the opposite side of the lid to create a circular outline. Use it as a frame, or as an outline to the solid circle you stamped with the other side of the lid.
  3. Experiment –

    • Create different patterns.
    • Use different sizes of lids.
    • Use other mediums (instead of acrylic paint):

      • Ink pads.
      • Embossing ink + embossing powder.
      • Glue + glitter/ flock/ foil.
    • Use different objects to stamp with:

      • Toilette paper rolls.
      • Paper swirls.
      • Cardstock/ corrugated cardstock.
      • Old credit or gift cards.
      • Vegetables (if they went bad…)


If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment here, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share 🙂

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8 Comments to “Creativity Prompt – Reuse A Bottle Lid To Create Your Own Patterned Paper”

  1. GREAT pages and ideas!
    bubble wrap is also a fun medium 😉
    Thank you.

    • Avital says:

      Thank you!

      I LOVE bubble-wrap and play with it all the time. Thanks for reminding me again 🙂

  2. ruthi says:

    thanks – great idea. beautiful results 🙂

  3. Sue C. says:

    Avital, Thank you for your video tutorial. Do not worry about your accent. Your instructions are clear and that is all that matters. Thanks, again.

  4. Lucy says:

    Are you kidding… I LOVE your beautiful accent. And thanks for the great video. I need to get some paint…. I am a polk dot addict, so this would be very useful.