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Bottlecap Chessboard: 6 steps



  • 24 Bottles
  • Cardboard Pizza Box
  • Colorful Cardboard (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun or Tacky Glue
  • Command Strips (19659012) Optional)
  • Circular Magnets
  • Thick Billboard
  • Ruler or Tape Measure
  • Measurable Magnetic Vinyl Sheet
  • Silver Sharpie


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Step 1: Glue the magnets on the bottle sleeves

  1. Acquire the magnets and place them next to the bottle caps.
  2. Turn the covers up and prepare to glue the underside of the magnets.
  3. Grab the hot glue gun and apply a modest amount of glue to the underside of the lid.

Step 2: Prepare the pizza box

  1. Place the pizza box on top of the whiteboard. Place it in a corner to save space in case you need to use the whiteboard again. Take a pencil and trace the outline of the box. By already having the box against a corner, you should only have to trace two sides of the square.
  2. Take a pair of scissors and start cutting the line you just traced. When you're done, you should have an almost perfect square.

  3. Use the hot glue gun and prepare to glue up the top of the pizza box. This is the area where the whiteboard you cut in step 6 will stick to.
  4. Make sure you set the whiteboard as accurately as possible to the top of the pizza box. Push the board down against the glue and gently push the two to make sure they are sticking properly.

Step 3: Decorate Pizza Box (optional)

Step 4: Create the chessboard

  1. Turn the magnetic vinyl sheet upside down (white up) and place the box on top of it. Trace the box scope just as before to be cut out on the sheet.

  2. Cut the line you just traced in the previous step. It should be an almost perfect square that fits well on top of the whiteboard you cut out earlier.

  3. Stock glue over the top of the whiteboard. Immediately press the magnetic sheet against the whiteboard surface and hold for a few seconds to set it.

  4. Turn the whole pizza box upside down and quickly put a weight on top of it. In this case, we used a bottle of detergent. If the corners curl, apply glue again and repeat this step.

  5. After everything has dried. Use a straight edge (ruler, tape measure, billboard, etc.) and marker to draw the chessboard.

  6. Use the accompanying image of a chessboard for reference. To avoid confusion, select each square you want to color with a pen.

  7. Color the silver guys and leave some eyepieces to separate pages. If resources are limited, you can mark the silver boxes with Xs.

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