Kaps for Kids’ Beginnings: Mosaic Artwork from Beer Caps
In 2014, Nathan Rues founded Kaps for Kids LLC with the mission to fund important children’s causes nationwide by using proceeds from his whimsical mosaics made from beer caps.
An engineer by training, Nathan started collecting beer caps in 1997, not realizing how it would change his life and the lives of others decades later. He unveiled his first bottle cap artwork, a rendition of Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting, in 2007. The mosaic was well received and Nathan found himself with numerous requests for additional designs made from his beer cap collection.
In 2010, one beer cap mosaic art piece caught the eye of a local TV station, bringing his work into the spotlight. He came up with the name “Kaps for Kids” during his interview, while discussing the concept of upcycling bottle caps into art that benefits children’s causes, and it stuck. From that one local news story, people from all over the nation started collecting beer and soda caps sent them to Nathan for him to use in his artwork.
Kaps for Kids Expands its Product Line
In 2013, Nathan’s quest to create new products led to the bottle cap rose, which was patented in August of the same year. They’re perfect for party statement pieces or as a gift!
The Future of Kaps for Kids – More Charitable Giving
What’s next for Kaps for Kids? Nathan is working on making his beer cap masterpieces scalable for the mass retail market. As his company grows, Nathan will be able to give even more to children’s organizations; it’s a habit he acquired as a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. Kaps for Kids is proud to support:
- Riley Children's Hospital
- Peyton Manning Children's Hospital
Kaps for Kids - More than Just Artwork from Beer Caps
Kaps for Kids is changing the way people see everyday items and the perception on recycling and waste through the creation of mosaic artwork and decorative roses.
Nathan has always been driven by sustainability and reducing waste. Beer and soda caps are difficult to recycle, causing many facilities to turn them away; as a result millions of caps ending up in landfills. Kaps for Kids provides people with a way to recycle these discarded and overlooked pieces, giving them a second life as a beautiful pieces of artwork that also benefit children’s charities.