Looking to put together a little something for the special Dad in your life? How about making this cute (and easy!) Father’s Day 4pk Snack that I created for Walmart?
To make this craft you do need a little bit of specialized equipment–a bottle capper and some bottle caps. Bottle cappers cost about $17 at your local brew shop, and just a couple of bucks for caps. You don’t necessarily need to buy that equipment though–home brewing has become extremely popular and there is a good chance that if you ask around (Facebook is great for this!) someone you know will have a capper and be willing to give you a couple of caps. If not I’ve got an alternate possibility at the end of the post.
Now, it’s time to make you snack pack! Start by emptying out some glass bottles–I chose this 4pk of real sugar Pepsi in glass bottles from my Walmart. The kids were more than happy to help me with this part since I rarely keep soda, no less caffeinated soda.
Once the bottles are empty you need to remove any labels and goo. The labels peeled right off of these bottles, but there was gummy glue left behind. In my adventures in winemaking I learned that a Brillo pad (or steel wool) with a bit of extra dish soap on it does a great job of taking off label residue without scratching the glass. (as a tip–if you don’t want your steel wool to rust between uses store it in a small zippered baggie in the freezer–the water will freeze and not rust the metal).
Next you need to choose your fillings. The food you choose needs to be shelf stable and small enough to fit through the mouth of your bottles. Your Snickers Minis are not going to work here! I went with a combination of sweet and savory from the snack aisle at Walmart: M&M’s, Trail mix, Skittles, and Wasabi Almonds.
Make sure your bottles are fully dry before you start filling them–if you have a few reluctant drops you can use a hairdryer to dry it out. The heat on the glass will make the moisture evaporate! Fill with the candy or snack of your choice and cap using the bottle capper.
Finally choose some great scrapbooking paper and cover the cardboard carry case that your bottles came in. Voila~Father’s Day 4pk Snack Pack! I love how adorable this turned out–and how adaptable it can be. Not only can you change the snacks to fit the taste of the man in your life–but you can also change the snacks and paper in order to use this idea for birthdays, baby showers, graduations. . . could you see these bottles filled with candies in a favorite sports team colors? Or maybe in someone’s wedding colors? Awesome.
If you don’t have a bottle capper or don’t want to use glass you could always use clear plastic soda bottles instead: