Cool Caps! and Bottlecap Little Bottlecap are how-to art & craft books about the utilization of recycled, plastic bottle caps from milk jugs, orange juice cartons, water bottles, cola bottles, shampoo bottles, margarine tubs, and other products.
Michelle Stitzlein, the author, has been creating sculpture with recycled materials as a full-time artist since 2000 in her Baltimore, Ohio studio. Her work has been shown in art and craft museums nationally, and has been featured on HGTV. She was awarded a 2008 Individual Excellence Grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Michelle has visited over 50 elementary schools and organizations as an artist-in-residence and continues to share her passion for creating with humble materials in her books, workshops, presentations and exhibitions.
Cool Caps! introduces seven new project ideas for kids to create colorful art with recycled plastic bottle caps. Teachers and parents will appreciate this second book by Michelle Stitzlein that includes supply lists, step-by-step instructions, and multiple photographs for Milk Maid Aprons, GlowBright Windows, Bottletop Toppers, Me & My Self-Portraits, Campy Cap Nature Tags, and Signs of the Season.
Bottlecap Little Bottlecap features four art projects for children, families, schools and non-profits utilizing recycled, plastic bottle caps. Teachers and parents will enjoy this whimsical, colorful booklet that includes supply lists, step-by-step instructions and photographs for Lollipop Flower Lawn Ornaments, Polka Garden Installations, Cap-By-Number Murals and Mod Magnets.
Reviews from Lulu of Bottlecap Little Bottlecap
My favorite project so far as an art teacher has got to be the beautiful bottle cap mural that we completed with the help of Michelle Stitzlein. I followed the step by step guide in her book and was well ready for her visit to our school to complete the project. Her visit was memorable and fun! My students still talk about the day and are still collecting bottle caps for new and exciting projects. The colorful mural was installed in the main hallway of our school and welcomes visitors everyday! Thank you Michelle for sharing your ideas and your art! - By Tracey Salvatore
My students absolutely loved working on the bottlecap projects in this book! As an art educator, I always appreciate projects that allow my students the freedom to be creative and successful all at the same time. My students found great success in incorporating great design elements while working on their bottlecap creations. In addition, these projects teach the importance of recycling and taking care of our planet! You will be inspired by the amazing projects in Bottlecap Little Bottlecap! - By Monica Feld
My first experience with this wonderful book was during the annual art educator's convention, during which I took a workshop all about the concept of reusing materials for sculpture projects! I love recycling in artworks, and Michelle's media was right up my alley. I was so inspired after purchasing Bottlecap Little Bottlecap, that I decided to write a grant and have Michelle come to work with my students directly. They LOVED it, and our resulting installation is a daily reminder of her lasting effect in our students' lives. This is a must-have for any teacher or home schoolin' mamma! Especially inspirational for low-budget programs.
As a retired elementary school art teacher, I heartily endorse this book. My students had tons of fun creating flowers using Michelle's directions (that were very complete and easy to follow). I enjoyed this project so much that I went home and created my own designs for a Thanksgiving bottlecap turkey for my front door and more lollipop flowers to enhance my garden. Thank you, Michelle! This book is a great addition to any library. - By Kristi Fontaine
Quite simply Michelle Stitzlein's first book, Bottlecap Little Bottlecap, is marvelous! From the colorful photos to the logical, detailed building steps the book is inspirational as well as instructional. Her safety and building tips were very helpful to me in preparation for doing this with children. Great investment! - By P.A. Morrison
Michelle Stitzlein’s Bottlecap Little Bottlecap presents four art projects that use recycled plastic bottlecaps! The projects range from simple to more complex. The first pages in the book give the reader an introduction and ideas about how to go about collecting and organizing the many bottlecaps required for the various projects in the book. The book next provides a detailed materials list and a step-by-step guide for creating each project. The books pages are filled with colorful photographs of art making in progress as well as completed examples of each of the various projects. At the end of the book, readers are provided with links to a few of the specialty materials and equipment that will make these projects run more smoothly and a link to the artist’s personal website. This book is a must for creative children, families, school groups and eco-enthusiasts! - By Carol Cruickshank
Michigan Green Schools uses this book statewide to promote bottle cap recycling in our Michigan schools. Many of our schools have created one or more of Michelle's projects with much success and enthusiasm. It is a well researched and written book with colorful illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions. - By sandra berra
Michelle came to our school (twice!!) to help us make INCREDIBLE bottlecap art. This book served as an invaluable resource prior to our projects. The innovative ideas and darling photos were wonderfully inspiring, and the detailed explanation of supplies and processes really helped us be ready to make our art. The book has been passed around to numerous other folks who wanted to make their own bottlecap projects. GREAT BOOK! - By Robin Clay
Thanks to Michelle Stitzlein’s book, Little Bottlecap Bottlecap, people who visit our hands-on experiential ArtLab have fallen under the bottlecap spell. It’s magic. The book is full of great ideas for making projects with recycled bottlecaps—a seemingly ever-renewable resource. Take it from us—we collected thousands of them with very little effort. We now have a beautiful mural to show for it—and lots of leftover caps for the public to use in their own creations. Both the book and mural are crowd pleasers. Teachers, parents, kids, old & young alike, are drawn to the book, the projects within it, and the process of creating with bottle caps. So, to recap—if you are bitten by the creativity bug, this is a book you’ll want to own. - By Jane Hanni; Assistant Curator of Education; Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University; Topeka, KS
Wonderful little bottle cap book! I enjoyed making art flowers for my yard with a group of friends. Now every time we have people over they just can't believe that we made these super fabulous art pieces from recycled bottle caps. And the book itself is just adorable! You should buy one....really! - By leannepizio