It is debatable weather or not bottle caps are not recyclable because many areas only recycle #1 and #2 plastics and most caps are #5 plastic. Even if they are recyclable in places it's nice to reuse something you already have instead of spending your hard earned money on something new. I hope you enjoy this project.
*I got this idea from a basket my husband bought in Africa made from metal bottle caps. I wanted to see if it was possible to make with plastic caps, it was and I'm sharing how I made it here.
Step 1: Counting the Caps
(5 caps by 3 caps and 3 caps tall)
Here is how I lay them out to make sure I have enough. If you are using more than one color this is where you could layout what pattern you like.
Step 2: Tools Needed
wire (I used�steel 18 gage)
1/16" hole punch
cut the wire�to these lengths:
3 pieces of�wire 19" long
5 pieces of�wire 16" long
4 pieces of�wire 22" long
AND FOR SAFETY you should wear safety goggles so you don't poke your eyes with the wire, and gloves so you don't get too scratched up.
Step 3: Punching the Holes
after you punch the first hole�punch the second hole directly�across from the first
punch the 3rd and 4th holes in between the 1st and 2nd
(just make sure they are all evenly spaced)
Step 4: Begin the Construction
Step 5: Adding Caps
Step 6: Adding More Caps
Step 7: Adding the Last Row of Caps for the Bottom/base
Step 8: Preparing the Sides
Step 9: Caps for the Sides
then string one of the 22" wires through those caps, you may need to use the needle nose pliers to help guide the wire into the punched holes
(see next photo/step)
Step 10: Putting a Side Wire Through
then clip the ends leaving enough to bend the point of the wire into the caps
once you have your basket in a shape you are happy with you will need to place the last of the longest wire around the top of the basket,
keep it in place by bending the wall wires over it (see picture)�
also where the ends of the wire meet twist them around each other and bend the ends up into the nearby caps
Step 13: Finishing the Basket Off
Step 14: Done!