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.
Gather your materials. You’ll need:
- letters printed onto card stock (see my free patterns at the end of this post)
- Mod Podge
- 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.
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) (this is what I used in the tutorial)
Bottle Cap Letters (single lowercase alphabet) (use this one if you’re following the tutorial using bottle caps)
**At the request of a reader, I created labels for the numbers as well:
**Another reader requested extra vowels. You can get them HERE.
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