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bottle cap labels

JR celebrated a big birthday a few weeks ago, and he's notoriously hard to buy gifts for. The kids and I thought long and hard about what to get him and decided to give him a collection of different gourmet root beers. JR really likes a good root beer (his favorite right now is Virgil's). Because JR was turning 40, we collected 40 different kinds and added a numbered label to the top of each bottle cap.

We printed the numbers out on label paper (I use the Avery full page sheets that you feed into an inkjet printer) and then punched them out with a 1" circle punch. Luckily all bottle caps seem to be right around 1" wide. While we were getting the bottles ready my five year old Bee remarked, "This is going to be a lot of work when dad turns 100!".

Letters could work too, you could spell out a message or just say "Happy Birthday". If you'd like to make some of your own bottle cap labels, I've made a two page file you can download here. Numbers are on the first page (up to 50) and letters on the second page (which includes two of almost all the letters in the alphabet). Happy Birthday JR! You're going to let me help you drink some of that root beer, right?

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Love this idea! And I also love the great WI representation with Sprecher and Berghoff's...yum!

08.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterheather

So creative and fun thing to do with your kids. Love it!

08.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

Haha! My hubby is a JR too.
What a cool idea, maybe I'll do that with beer bottles instead as I don't think I could even find 30 different brands of root beer here in Australia! (love the stuff though.)

such a clever idea: and love sprecher's root beer :) happy birthday to jr!

08.13.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjane

I love these labels...I too have a husband with a penchant for rootbeer and have created something similar for him on a birthday about 5 years ago...sans cute labels though. I don't have label-making talent :) I guess all men need to drink some kind of beer and ours choose root! Ha!

p.s. meant to tell you congrats on your Tiny Prints collaboration. That's wonderful news!


08.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Can you give us a list of the rootbeers you used? My husband is a rootbeer lover as well.

08.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen T

What a fantastic and thoughtfully personal gift idea...

08.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCitricSugar

My hubby also loves root beer! Thank you for taking the time to share the already prepared numbers and letters with us.

08.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

My husband may not love root beer but he sure likes beer! A simple, thoughtful and effective idea:)

This is a really great idea! Thank you for providing printable labels. I could use this for my brother's birthday on September. Hope he notices the labels though before he removes the cap.

What a genius idea. I love creative gifts that show you "get" someone.

08.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLasso the Moon

What a great idea! My husband is turning 40 too - I may just have to try this out!

Thanks for posting.

08.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterViolet Boutique

Super clever idea! I can't wait to try it out!

08.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

Love and thanks for the label share! My husband loves beer so I did this for our anniversary last December http://herlandnotebook.blogspot.com/2010/12/anniversary-beer-and-mixtape-love.html

08.26.2011 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

such a great idea! I would love to do this for a party...

xoxox bun.

08.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBun

Awesome! My husband would LOVE this!

08.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamila Faria

Serious Virgil's fans here... will you tell us if he finds any new favorites? Virgil's with Trader Joe's vanilla ice cream floats have been our treat of choice this summer!

08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaiz

that is a seriously awesome idea. so creative and practical at the same time! nicely done :)

08.30.2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimia kline

oh this is so sweet! i love that the kids were involved in it too :)

09.1.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjanis

what a rad way to brighten up a birthday! so awesome!

09.1.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdani kreeft

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