Bottle Cap Checkers: Nifty Gifties!

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It’s time for Father’s Day Nifty Gifties! Most of them will be food-related, as that is how the dads in my life roll. They prefer edible gifts over the crafty ones. They are very manly, you see. This little project, however, is simple and kinda cool. 

I first made these for my brother-in-law, who has a pub table with a checkerboard insert. He is a talented homebrewer and is quite the beer aficionado. I thought that beer bottle caps would make fun checkers for this table. You can go simple and just use plain old bottle caps, especially if your checker board is made of cardboard or fabric. Since my brother-in-law’s checker board was part of a wood table, I wanted to protect the surface. I tried using felt furniture pads, but they weren’t quite thick enough. The magnets gave just the right height, added heft to the checkers so that they would not go flying across the board if someone hits it, and make it easier to stack the checkers when they are crowned.

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  • 24 bottle caps that are easily identifiable as members of 2 separate teams.
  • 24 round 3/4″ magnets
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors or a circle cutter that will work with felt (if you are really, really lucky)


  1. Cut out 3/4″ circles of felt.
  2. Hot glue the felt to the magnets.
  3. Hot clue the magnets to the bottle caps.

Back of bottlecap checker


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