Water Bottle Cap Trick. Just for Fun.

How to turn a water bottle into an explosion of fun. This little water bottle party trick will make you the most popular guest PLUS provide a distraction so you can eat all the hamburgers.

Today is Friday.  People don’t like Fridays.

They think they are icky because it means the long, boring weekend is ahead of them. They’re going to have to sleep in, stay up late and ignore the growing mound of laundry so they have time to not do laundry.

Every 7 days it’s the same thing over again.

So I have for you something to nix the ick.

I don’t buy bottled water anymore, I haven’t for years and years, but if I come across a bottle or have to buy one for some reason I like to reuse it. The first way I reuse plastic water bottles for is making my homemade fly traps for outside (if you haven’t seen how great this fly trap works you need to read this post).

The second thing I do with them is turn them into a party trick. Sometimes it’s a party for one, with just me in my backyard but still – nothing makes a party for one fun like rocketing the lid off of a water bottle.

You can pull this trick out  poolside, in the office, at the campsite, bar mitzvah or BBQ.

Make the Cap Shoot off a Water Bottle

All you need is a plastic water bottle. 

  • Put the lid on the water bottle but not tightly. Just so that it stays on.
  • Twist the bottom of the water bottle like you’re twisting the link in a sausage.
  • When you can’t twist the bottom anymore, and all the air in the bottle is forced upwards, flick the cap with your thumb*.
  • The cap will shoot off from all the air pressure inside. 

*Make sure the water bottle is pointing away from you, everyone else, windows, glass doors, animals etc. etc. because this thing goes FLYING.

(now you know why as a single woman I have so much laundry)

You are now fully prepared to entertain and delight anyone you come across this weekend. Don’t worry, before you know it, it’ll be Monday again and you’ll be able to ignore the laundry without any guilt.

Author’s Note:    Other life skills I know include “pull my finger”,  “crazy glue – wayyyy faster than stitches” and “smell this”.


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  1. magali says:

    I wouldn’t be able to do it. I can’t even open a Pillsbury dough thingy like a normal person because the anticipation of the pop is too much for me! Kind of like waiting next to the toaster.

  2. Karen says:

    Another fun video. Karen, thank you! By the way…Your comment about “we” meaning you the chickens sparked a little memory from my childhood. When my dad was traveling for business, and it was just my mother and I for the evening, she would always say, “It’s just us chickens tonight.”

  3. Mary Werner says:

    I saw someone do the super glue trick on a paper cut and they said it takes the pain out right away. I get paper cuts a lot so think this is a great tip if it really works. But since I read this on internet, it must be true, right? (Your lawyers probably say don’t tell me or us.) Can’t wait to show my grandsons this new trick. My daughter-in-law is still not happy that I taught them to burp the alphabet so I can give her something else to love about me. Oh, and WD40 sprayed on insect stings removes the pain also!

  4. Carole McGinnis says:

    Love it – what a perfect post for a Monday morning.

  5. mickey says:

    The video is hilarious. And the chicken coop and gate are totally awesome. And your hair looks really cool. And that’s all I have to say.

  6. Veronica says:

    Karen, I couldn’t help admiring your chicken coop area. I live in a neighborhood and would love to have chickens. I’m wondering how many you have and approximately how many square feet of space your chicken area is. By the way, as I was watching your video, my teenage boys came and sat down to enjoy it with me. Usually they are not at all interested in what I’m doing on the computer!

  7. Jack Ledger says:

    It is all “fun” until someone loses an eye:-)

  8. Cindy says:

    Our grandson dudes are gonna love this. We will refer their parents to YOU!

  9. marilyn says:

    i think our fells are brothers from a different mother cuz my guy taught me all the same things as well as a pretty amazing figure four leg lock cuz we all know that wrestling is real..right?

  10. Auntiepatch says:

    OMG! You are soooo funny!

  11. Cindy says:

    LOVE IT! I’ll use for summer camp next year and then measure distances!

  12. Tigersmom says:

    Tomorrows post: How to remove chicken poop from your new favorite white top.

    It must be so handy to constantly be one’s own source for new blogging ideas (with the occasional prodding, um, inspiration, I mean, from the fella, ; ) lucky girl.)

    I love how you can maintain your deadpan delivery when you intend to be funny, but then when things go awry your jaw drops. That’s my kind of humor.

    And your new haircut looks nice, too.

  13. taria says:

    thank you! you crack me up!

  14. Lisa says:

    You choked the poo right out of that chicken! And that, made my whole morning. How twisted is that?

  15. Dawna Jones says:

    Wondering how long it took for you decide that this is what you were doing for Monday!And this is why I am addicted!*gives her head a shake*
    BTW chicken coop doors turned out fab!

  16. Sherri says:

    Now I know why the vendors remove the cap (and keep it!) when I buy water at concerts!

  17. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    My family is no doubt disturbed that I now have a follow-up to my Diet Coke & Mentos demonstration at our next reunion. But I’m elated.

  18. Sherry (BTLover2) says:

    Ooooo, woman, you gonna get some backlash on that! Now, me… I find it hilarious and entertaining. But I picture an awful lot of “normal” people will find it outrageously dangerous. Come on! There are worse things than losing an eye! Have fun, Pirate!

  19. Val says:

    OMG Karen, that was hilarious! Seeing this on Monday morning before my coffee has kicked in made me laugh! You definitely ROCK in the FUN department! Wish you were my neighbor! :-) Val

  20. Diana says:

    Hi Karen,
    did we join you getting angry???

  21. Cindy Marlow says:

    Yep…another catchy title! Can’t wait for a video of “Pull my Finger!”

  22. Diane says:

    You are a little bit of an odd duck now aren’t you? But I find you incredibly amusing!!!

  23. Shauna says:

    Love the chicken shit…. and when I do this for the next kids party…. I am so saying it was your idea, I’ll just send Mom’s to this video. Sound good?

  24. lemur_lass says:

    You crack me up. And by the way, your Chicken Curry Salad was fabulous! The Mister even extolled the awesomeness of it. Thanks for making me look like a kitchen rock star!

    • Karen says:

      Nooo problem. I love it too. I’ve taken to just eating it right out of the bowl. No lettuce. No toast. Just a bowl, LOL. ~ karen

  25. Annie says:

    Hahaha – that was great. Love the outtakes.

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