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how to make a beer can pin cushionDo you love campy, kitschy and cool crafts? I do and I also love packaging and labels. They make some of the best craft supplies. Beer Crafts: Making the Most of Your Cans, Bottle Caps, and Labels is the go-to guide for making fun crafts with beer packaging.  Beer Crafts includes projects made with the bottles, bottle caps, labels, cans, the pop tabs and more!

Thanks to the fun people at McMeel Publishing they have supplied a copy of  Beer Crafts for a giveaway! Simply leave a comment in today’s post “beer can craft” related by Friday July 5th, 3013 (US residents only) and one of you lucky Craft Gossip readers can be a proud new owner of a bible of beer crafts!

As a consummate sewer I love making pin cushions. I keep them out so I wan them to be fun and pretty. You can see how I used the tutorial in  Beer Crafts  to make my beer can pin cushion project over at Sweater Surgery.

More about the book from the publisher:

Beer Crafts: Making the Most of Your Cans, Bottle Caps, and Labels

by

 Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman

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“A synthesis of two outstanding hobbies — making things and drinking — Beer Crafts is the answer to the age-old question of what to do with those 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

While author and crafter extraordinaire Shawn Bowman would like to think she came up with the idea on her own, inspiration really came from her eight-year-old daughter, who spent a summer obsessed with making jewelry out of her parents’ discarded bottle caps. Finding the note on her desk, “My crafting involves you to open a beer,” the author had what can only be called an epiphany: “ALL crafting should involve me opening a beer.” She raised her daughter’s allowance, and set down to writing this book. But first, she opened a beer.

Beer Crafts shows you how to repurpose not just the caps but also labels, bottles, and even cans into useful, hip, and quirky items — from attention-getting (if not downright sexy) garter belts to the classic crochet beer can hat, to beer bottle tags, to refrigerator magnets, and more. The projects are super fun, easy to make (even for a first-time crafter), and most of the supplies are things you probably already have on hand or chilling in the fridge.

Beer Crafts has jewelry and accessories for guys and gals. From cowboy hats made from beer case boxes and masculine bottle label belt buckles and wallets to flowery bottle top flip-flops and cute-as-a-button beer cap headbands, there’s a little something for everyone — even beer can jackets for the family dog! Beer bottles themselves get dressed up with insulating crochet cozies and fancy charm necklaces, ending all arguments over whose drink is whose, when they’re all clearly marked “mine”! There are even funky home decor projects, including candle holders, patio lanterns, bird feeders, and a memo board. And with plenty of beer quotes and trivia, Beer Crafts is recommended bar reading for those who don’t craft.

Tie one on — then braid it, glue it, and embellish it — with Beer Crafts.”

By Stefanie Girard

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19 Comments so far

  1. LeAnn on June 27, 2013 2:21 pm

    I need some inspiration for all these bottle caps I’ve somehow collected! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Patricia on June 27, 2013 6:00 pm

    I really want to make the crocheted beer can hat! Thanks

  3. Allison Anderson on June 27, 2013 7:37 pm

    I would have not shortage of source material to make these projects. What a cute book!

  4. usairdoll on June 27, 2013 11:41 pm

    You had me at pincushion, hehe. Looks like alot of fun.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Shelley on June 28, 2013 4:59 am

    The hat is hilarious! I would love to have this book. First attempts would be at that bracelet and some of those spinners to hang from the trees!

  6. Patsy on June 28, 2013 5:17 am

    I just inherited a bushel basket of bottle caps so this could come in handy!

  7. Nicole on June 28, 2013 5:58 am

    This would be an awesome score! I had a beer can hat during my college days and it got so much love it eventually feel to pieces. It would be nice to make a replacement and a few spare for friends and family.

  8. Rose S. on June 28, 2013 6:54 am

    This book looks like a blast. Look out friends, my Christmas gifts will all be upcycled from my hubbies’ recycle bag. Great fun!!!

  9. Mary Mac on June 28, 2013 7:36 am

    This book look like a lot of fun.

  10. LILLIAN on June 28, 2013 8:11 am

    I drink beer, I do crafts and have a stash of beer bottle caps. What a combo.

  11. Darlene on June 28, 2013 8:19 am

    my husband doesn’t realize he has crafting materials right in his hand!

  12. Karey on June 28, 2013 8:21 am

    Cool book! Wish I had it when I recently made a beer cap wind chime as a housewarming gift for my brother!! Then I could have made a complete set of beer cap gifts!! :)

  13. Dennis Mullins Sr. on June 28, 2013 10:48 am

    Hi, t5hanks for the giveaway and a chance to win. I could really use a book like that I don’t drink but a lot of my friends do so I could have a large supply of can, bottles and labels.

  14. Julie Henderson on June 28, 2013 12:43 pm

    Question: so, we don’t drink beer, but would soda cans probably substitute? Anyhoo, the kitschier the craft, the better! This book looks like a buncha fun waitin’ to happen. Thanks for the giveaway, & blessings for the journey! :-)

  15. Donna Moody on June 29, 2013 6:34 am

    Wow a book that speaks to 2 of my favorite things drinking beer and crafting, often at the same time!

  16. Denise Koster on June 29, 2013 8:10 am

    I think this is truly inspired. My college Latin professor (and head of the department) suggested translation would be easier when done with a six pack of beer. The more beer, the easier it was to translate. Why should crafting be any different?!

  17. Christi Conley on June 29, 2013 12:15 pm

    So cool – I have been saving cans & I need to get using them!

  18. Caroline B on July 1, 2013 2:39 pm

    I also have been saving bottle caps for some craft that inspires me.

  19. Rox Kezar on July 1, 2013 3:46 pm

    I already make things out of pop cans, but can always use more ideas. Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the chance of winning!

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