Make your own easy and beautiful milk cap letters – for tons of learning fun!

Have you seen all the uses for milk cap letters?  They are such a simple and useful manipulative for recognizing letters, making words, and many more literacy skills.

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 I’ve made milk cap letters in a few different ways. I’ve written with a Sharpie on milk cap lids.  I’ve printed the letters on square labels and stuck them on.

I wasn’t impressed with the effect.

Now I know I don’t need my milk cap letters to be beautiful.  But when I discovered Mod Podge, I realize that they could be.  And in hardly any time at all!

I printed a set of letters and got to work.  Here’s how you can do it too.

milk cap letters 1 the measured mom 590x393 Make your own easy and beautiful milk cap letters   for tons of learning fun!  Gather your materials.  You’ll need:

  • letters printed onto card stock (see my free patterns at the end of this post)
  • Mod Podge
  • scissors
  • 1.5-inch circle punch if making milk cap letters
  • 1-inch paper punch if making bottle cap letters
  • wide tipped paint brush
  • a collection of milk or bottle caps

We don’t drink a lot of bottled water at our house, but we do drink a lot of milk.  And since we make our own yogurt (my crew goes through about 6 quarts a week), we have more milk caps than we know what to do with.  My tutorial uses milk caps. But if you have a collection of bottle caps, make sure they’re 1-inch wide and use a smaller punch.

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 And there you have it! It will look like the caps are dry much sooner than 24 hours later, but try not to get too eager as I did – or the paper circles will slip off the lids.  You can always apply more Mod Podge if necessary.

I like to make the vowels in red, but if you don’t like that just print in grayscale.

I made sets of a single alphabet as well as sets with multiple letters in case you’re making multiple words (you’ll need to save a lot of caps!)

Here is a giant set of options for you – I think you’ll find the letters you need in here!

Milk Cap Letters (single lowercase alphabet) – the measured mom (this is what I used in the tutorial)

Milk Cap Letters (extra lowercase alphabet) – the measured mom

Milk Cap Letters (single uppercase alphabet) – the measured mom

Milk Cap Letters (extra uppercase alphabet) – the measured mom

Bottle Cap letters (single lowercase alphabet) – the measured mom (use this one if you’re following the tutorial using bottle caps)

Bottle Cap Letters (extra lowercase alphabet) – the measured mom

Bottle Cap Letters (single uppercase alphabet) – the measured mom

Bottle Cap Letters (extra uppercase alphabet) – the measured mom

**At the request of a reader, I created labels for the numbers as well:

Milk Cap Numbers 1-20

Bottle Cap Numbers 1-20

So what do you do with these letters now that you’ve made them? I’ll be sharing some printables next week.  In the meantime, here are some fabulous ideas from around the web!

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Bottle Cap Number Activity Pages Make your own easy and beautiful milk cap letters   for tons of learning fun! Looking for math learning? You’ll find some great number pages at Mama’s Learning Corner.

DIY Paint Palette 1 Make your own easy and beautiful milk cap letters   for tons of learning fun!

You can even use milk caps to make a paint palette! Check out this idea from Tutus and Tea Parties.

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Comments

  1. Great idea! I am always looking for things to make with my milk caps. :-)

  2. I never think about saving things like milk caps etc. What a great idea. Perhaps I’ll start. Thanks for sharing. Feel free to check us out at http://everystarisdifferent.blogspot.com.
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  3. I need to print those out! Much better than me writing on the caps with a sharpie! Thanks for including our post. I will be sharing this!
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  4. Love these. Thanks for the great how -to post!

  5. I have several sets of bottle cap letters in my classroom for spelling extensions that are starting to fade. I think it’s time to redo them with my modpodge! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. You make such beautiful printables and everything is so neat and organized! I had no idea about those helpful circle punches, when I get them (soon) I will click on this post first to get to Amazon. Excellent!

  7. Thanks for sharing these. They look great! We don’t go through quite as much milk as you guys, so it might take me a little longer, but I am going to make these for my kids.They will love them.
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  8. I love this idea! I’m always saving our caps. I just need to get one of those punchers and I’ll be set. Thanks for sharing our paint palette idea too!
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    • Anna Geiger says:

      Seriously, I don’t know how I lived without my puncher :). As I was posting this my six year old wondered when WE were going to try your paint palette idea. I guess I need to set up a homemade easel and let her get to work!

  9. This is so awesome! :D Now we just need to collect some caps.

  10. I use milk caps in my daycare / preschool. Love them, and so do the kids. I am re-doing all of my milk caps using your printables. May I suggest that you make a set for numbers?

    Thanks!

    • Anna Geiger says:

      Hi Terri! I hope the new milk caps work out well for you. I’ve added milk cap and bottle cap numbers at your request. Come back to the post to get them!

  11. Finally a use for all those caps I’ve been refusing to throw away. Thanks!

  12. This is wonderful!!
    The possibilities are endless.
    Thank you for sharing your talent:)

  13. Anna Geiger says:

    Thank you so much for the feature, Beth!

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