Bottle Cap Art

Ideas are cheap, art materials are expensive. One artist didn’t get his start until he was able to find plastic bottle caps he could use for free.

The Plastic Bottle Cap Art Of El Anatsui

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El Anatsui was born in Ghana before its independence in 1957, but since 1975 he has lived in Nsukka, Nigeria where he is a professor of sculpture at the University of Nigeria. Image by Nash Baker.

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El Anatsui – “Rain Has No Father”
In 1999, the artist happened upon a bag of bottle caps thrown in the bush. He inquired, and found that the local distillery removed the metal caps and seals from used liquor bottles before refilling the containers. And so a steady source ensued.

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El Anatsui mostly uses aluminum seals from the tops of liquor bottles, but also incorporates flattened or rolled bottle caps as well. All are meticulously wired together.

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El Anatsui
With the help of numerous assistants, Anatsui flattens the seals and folds them into strips that are then woven together with copper wire.

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It takes almost two months to finish one sculpture.

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El Anatsui –

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El Anatsui –
Thousands of strips of aluminum taken from the seals used on liquor bottles.

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El Anatsui – C-Monster

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El Anatsui

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, was the artist’s first career retrospective. The 2012 exhibition featured some sixty works in wood, metal, ceramic, painting, print and drawing. For a slide show of works in the show:

More Amazing Plastic Bottle Cap Art

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Bottlecap Giraffe – Unidentified, 1966, the Smithsonian –

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Plastic Bottle Top Portrait by Mary Ellen Croteau
Bottom is detail of nose area.

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Chuck Close by Molly B. Right
The bottle caps overlap and date from the 30′s to the 70′s. Transparent washes of glaze are often used to further define the image. Most of the portraits are 4′ x 5′ and are on sheet metal.

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Medusa by Molly B. Right

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Philip Simmons by Molly B. Right

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Great Blue Heron – Molly B. Right

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Bottle Cap Mosaic with help – send this company an image of what you would like to create, they will send you back a template, you supply and attach the caps! tilemosaicmaker

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Bottle cap mural at Fish Restaurant, Charleston.

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Gilbert Whyman – Bottle tops on mesh.

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Plastic Bottle Cap Mosaic. A 100m2 mosaic from approximately 90,200 discarded plastic bottle tops. Created for the world cup during 14 June 2010 – 13 July 2010. More pics:

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Aaron Buehring –

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Robert Melee, Enamel, plaster, bottle caps on wood –

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Rick Melee – Redefined Gradual Substitution, 2000 enamel, plaster, beer bottle caps, on wood 25″ diam, 20 X 30 inches

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Tom Denninger –

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Barcade, Brooklyn, NY pic by Joshua Reid

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Kipps Bay Decorators’ House
Tin can top panelling made by Clare Graham, in area designed by Matthew White
and Frank Webb.   Close up below…

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Kipps Bay Decorators’ House
Tin can top panelling made by Clare Graham, in area designed by Matthew White and Frank Webb.

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Bottle cap windows in Columbus, Ohio
and how to plastic bottle cap crafts book:
© Michelle Stitzlein

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Bottle Cap Table

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Bottle Cap Backsplash

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Phoenix Commotion Home.
Beer bottle cap floor. Image by Miro Dvorscak.

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Flattened Bottle Cap Chair and Table.

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Rick Ladd –

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Bottle cap do.
Photo by Eric Lafforgue.

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Author: keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

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Breathtaking, fabulous, beautiful, awesome...I don't have enough adjectives.


This is sooo great! congrats to the artists....inspirational!


how do you connect the plastic bottle caps together. i'm trying to make a dress out of them....


I have been collecting bottle caps for 3 years! :It is almost impossible for recycling centers to recycle them which is why every bottle cap that enters my house gets saved. What an inspiration this site is! I have a new project. Thank you!

Bold win Madinga

Share with me your art ideas. Thanks and regards, Boldwin




Amazing it real very beautiful art


Hi there,

I thank you so much for this site as I am currnetly working on a similar project in Mauritius

Colleen Calogeras

Great inspiration! Very cool and amazing


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Wow! This was tons of fun and very inspirational!



these are amazing pitchers of people and what they have done.


I LOVE YOUR WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!