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Aug122011

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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what a completely clever, thoughtful idea! fabulous for forty.

09.1.2011 | Unregistered Commenterali

Oh my, what a brilliant idea! And I know so many people that are hard to buy for! :) Love that you combined a little bit of DIY with something totally personalized! Bet he loved it!

Genius! We collect a bottle of champagne to commemorate each wedding anniversary and I've been looking for a different way to label the years (currently just using little hang tags). I may have to convert.

09.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

such a clever gift idea! how on earth did you find that many different kinds of rootbeer? I can think of maybe three. thanks for providing the template also!

This is awesome! My husband is obsessed with root beer and wants to try any kind we can find. Where in the world were you able to find 40 different kinds? I'd love to see a list of the different kinds you got!

09.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

This is such a fabulous idea! You could even use it to do a root beer tasting party or something like that. I'm a big aficionado, too, but Sprecher's is my fave. I have a birthday coming up... maybe I should leave this page up for my husband to see! :)

09.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristenE

Great idea! My husband is turning 40 as well and you just inspired me.

09.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

oooh! fantastic idea!

Last night I announced the new rule for family dinners... Dinner is a Safe Place and talked about what it meant. Although I got a few rolled eyes before sat down, once we started it turned out to be the best time spent together in a long time! Thank you, thank you.

11.15.2011 | Unregistered Commenterstaci ericson

http://theindigobunting.blogspot.com/2009/12/root-beer_07.html

11.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGem

You are proving to be a treasure-trove of ideas for my partner's upcoming 50th - thanking you again!

12.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity

My wonderful son in law turns 40 next week and I do appreciate you creating printable number as I am craft challenged!

Just came upon this posting.. love the idea!! Don't know if you ever listed where you got the different kinds of Root beer, but I'd LOVE to know where to start! I only know of A&W and Barq's... and the generic Shasta.. if they even make that anymore. Love the bottles though! :) My husband is going to be 40, and this looks amazing.. I especially like the postcard idea. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas! xx

Mindi

01.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMindi

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