I’ve been wanting to do this craft for my dad for sometime now and I am so excited to share it with you! For Father’s Day, I made my dad a Puerto Rican flag out of beer caps to hang in his garage because he loves beer. The best part about this project is I already had everything, so I didn’t spend a single penny making this!
- Pallet wood
- Circular saw
- Beer caps
- 2 tubes of Liquid nails
- Hanging hardware
- Tin star
- Hot glue gun
- A furry helper
The first thing I did was lay out all of the beer caps. I did this several different ways before finally deciding on the one that I liked the best. It was much easier for me to start making the flag from right to left because of the way the blue triangle falls in the Puerto Rican flag. The blue caps are actually a Puerto Rican malt beverage, Malta Goya, that I grew up drinking. The white caps are Spaten and Stella Artois beers that my dad likes to drink, and the red caps are just ones I’ve had help collecting.
After laying it all out, I went to the garage and took two boards off of the pallets I had left over from the Taps & Caps Pallet Art we made. Travis helped me cut the pallet boards to size with a circular saw and then we used some leftover MDF from another project to fasten the boards together (you can easily cut the strips from your pallet wood).
After screwing the boards to the MDF, I brought the finished piece inside to start gluing on the beer caps. I did attempt to use hot glue instead of liquid nails because it would dry faster, but it makes you more prone to burns…ouch. I squeezed liquid glue into each beer cap, like we did for the Taps & Caps pallet, and glued them down onto the wood. Again I went right to left completing one column at a time.
Here’s a progress picture, it’s already coming together!
Before I glued on all of the beer caps, I tried to figure out how I would make the star for the flag. I tried several options including cutting one bottle cap into a star, cutting several bottle caps to form a star and it was just easier to use a tin star I had leftover from the Americana Wreath and paint it white. I hot glued the star on and I was done.
It does take a good 24 hours for the liquid nails to set, but you’ll know after a few hours if you need more under any loose beer caps.
My dad loved his art! I can’t wait to make one in a Texas flag for the wall above our kegerator and for Wes’ shop!!!