Monday, January 3, 2011

Want to help? Bottle caps for food!

Our second son, Callen, collects bottle caps. For a long time, I tried convincing him that a collection should be only the best bottle caps, free from dents or scratches. He finally explained to me that he was going for quantity, not quality! Three gallons containers later, he has quite the collection going and his father and uncles have started leaving small piles of bottle caps for him to find. His little brother, Brody, has even decided to start his own collection.. of wine corks! He's off to a pretty good start too, with corks from as far away as Israel!

Knowing that at some point this collection would exceed its owner's storage capacity or possibly interest, Callen decided that he would sell his collection and give part of the money to children in poverty. What a sweet boy! A while back I saw an article in Back Home magazine about using bottle caps and wine corks as flooring tile (called the Bone House, click here for pictures of the house) .

I offered to buy the containers from my son when we are ready to remodel the bathroom and use stick tile sheet to create flooring for the bath. Now, our bathroom is not large, but I suspect that it will take a LOT more bottle caps than he has, currently, to tile it. Here is my request:

If you want to help make his little dream come true (and help me tile my bathroom in a unique way) start saving your bottle caps from beer and soda bottles (and corks, if you wish)! Callen would be thrilled to receive them in whatever quantity you send or bring them and I will help him choose which organization to send the money to after I purchase all the caps from him. Start a milk jug or pickle jar, pretzel container, tissue box, whatever, and mail them, drop them by, or ask for a pick up! It will be neat to see what kind of funds he can raise and I think our bathroom will be really cool. I'm going to give this a deadline of June, which I will extend if we don't get around to remodeling the bathroom this spring/summer.

Contact me for an address :) Thanks!


  1. I have also seen this with pennies (for a copper floor) - cool stuff! :)

  2. You, Moira Rhu, are a very cool mama. Your boys are lucky.

  3. Dang, wish I had known that we could've had a LOT (a lot) of them for you! ;o)

  4. Are you looking for plastic or metal ones? Is it easy to clean? We can save what we get for you too!