I Love my Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue!

July 6, 2009 at 3:03 am 2 comments

IAH-033_bottle_lids_on_canvas_16LOS OSOS, CA – Monday morning – One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure! As many of you know, I recently published a book which featured plastic water bottle bracelets so that left me with a lot of plastic bottle lids.  Here’s a fun recycling project that transforms water bottles lids into contemporary art that’s sophisticated enough for the art lover and clever enough for a kid’s art project. >>Heidi

Bottle Lid Art on Canvas
by Heidi Borchers


Canvas – 8” x 8” (or 4” x 8” or any desired size
Plastic bottle lids (from water bottles) – on the 8” canvas art we used 16 lids – on the smaller canvas, we layered lots of lids)
Paint brush- ½” flat
Acrylic paints- black and other assorted bright colors
Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue ™
Assorted jewels, flat marbles, small glass mosaic tiles


Use pencil and ruler to measure and mark sections on canvas. On the 8” canvas, we divided into 16 – 2” squares.  On the 4” x 8” canvas, we measured 3” x 3” for the center, flanked with two 2” x 3” sections.

Glue one plastic bottle lid into the center of each section. On the 8” canvas, we glued every other lid reversed. One up, one down, one up, one down. On the small canvas, we layered all sorts of sizes and shapes.  Let glue dry.

Paint the entire canvas and plastic lids with black paint. Let dry.

Using photo as guide, paint each section with a different color. Note that some of the IAH-033_bottle_lids_on_canvas_3black paint is left to show through the color. Paint each plastic lid with a different color.  Let dry.

Glue a jewel, flat marble, or tile into the center of each plastic lid. Let glue dry.

Heidi’s Designer Tips: To transform this into an affordable kid’s group project, use a cardboard cereal box instead of the art canvas for the base. Just tape the box closed with masking tape before gluing and painting. The kids will enjoy seeing how they can turn trash into an artistic treasure!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda  |  April 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Great idea.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • 2. BluKatDesign  |  October 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Great idea! Is the tacky glue still holding?


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