DIY Jewelry

How to Make Message in a Bottle Necklaces

This simple DIY calls for a few unusual supplies (links are included in the post)—but it makes for a great group project, gift, or craft night DIY.

The personal message written on the miniature scroll inside is a great place to put a sentimental or heartfelt thought that the wearer can carry with them everywhere they go.

This is one of my best-selling DIY kits on Etsy (along with the Hanging Plant earrings DIY kits—see the free tutorial for those here).

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What you need:

(I have ready-made kits with all supplies included here for $8.00—AND there’s free shipping right now!)

  • Aged paper (tea or coffee stained copy paper)

  • Miniature bottles with corks (1 ml is the average size, though you could use the next size up, 2 ml)

  • Sand

  • Jump rings (x2)

  • 8 x 4 mm Eyescrews

  • Necklace

  • (optional) Glue

  • (optional) Moss/ shells

  • (optional) Jewelry pliers if you don’t want to or can’t use your finger to open the jump ring

What to do:

1. Cut aged paper into strips and write your message (make sure the width is short enough to fit in the bottle).

2. Roll your paper up and slide a jump ring on to keep it rolled.

3. Twist your eyescrew into the bottle’s cork (add a dab of glue at the base if wanted).

4. Add sand 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the bottle (using a little piece of paper, such as a post-it note, as a funnel can help).

5. Drop in the rolled up message as well as any moss, shell fragment, or whatever else you want that can fit inside.

6. Attach the bottle charm to a necklace with a jump ring.

7. Optional - glue the cork to the bottle. The message can’t come back out if you do this, but it will be extra secure.

If you’re using my kit, you can skip screwing, gluing the screw, and attaching the charm to the necklace. It’s already done for you so you can assemble it easily and quickly.

So many people of all different walks of life have tried out this simple, fun DIY, from boyfriends for their girlfriends, daughter’s for their mothers, and bride’s for their bridesmaids.

If you’re wondering, “Why does she sell kits and give links to the supplies?”

Well, often people want to make 1 to 10 necklaces at a time, and paying shipping for different supplies PLUS having to get bulk (eyescrews come in packs of 20, bottles come in packs of 100) can actually add up to more than buying a pre-made kit. I buy them in bulk and make a small profit for putting them together—but it’s ultimately cheaper and easier for you.

Additionally, my ready-made kits are partially done for you—pliers aren’t needed. Eyescrews are already in and glued, too.

DIY Micro Macrame Plant Hanger Earrings

I love unique, eccentric jewelry--especially when it can be made in about 30 minutes and the supplies cost less than $30. This fun project is for those of us short on time (and money!).

This simple beginner macrame project can be turned into earrings, necklaces, or used as miniature decoration.

For those who know more advanced knots and patterns, you can expand upon this tutorial and get creative with it. If you've never done macrame before, don't worry--the only knot used is the one everyone knows: the overhand knot.

What you need:

  • A pair of earwires

  • A pair of jump rings to match

  • Hemp string 10# (20# for a bulkier look) – around 140 inches (link)

  • Pipe cleaner in brown or green, cut to 3 inches long (x2)

  • Miniature terracotta pots (the seller I got my pots from is no longer selling…I’ll update this post if I find similar pots but so far I have not. The pots I used previously were about 18mm x 22mm)

  • Miniature fake succulents (link) (purple – link) the green is sometimes found in Hobby Lobby retail locations

Tools:

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Jewelry pliers (optional)

  • Glue (optional)

*anything purchased from these links does not give me any affiliate income. These are simply the places I found the supplies at. If you would like a prepared kit, you can find one here if it's in stock.


Grab a free printable PDF of the Checklist & Directions for this project!


The Video Tutorial

1. Cut the hemp

Cut the 140 inches of hemp string in half. Put aside one half for later--it will be for the second earring. The first half cut into 4 pieces of equal length.

2. Line up all 4 strings

And thread them through a jump ring to the halfway point. Make the ends as even as possible.

3. Make one big knot using all the strings

Right below the jump ring.

4. Make 4 smaller knots

1 inch below the big knot, knot two string together at a time (knot ones that are close together for best results).

5. Make 4 more knots

1/4 of an inch below the previous knots, taking one string from below one knot and another string from below a knot next to it.

6. Close the hanger

1/4 of an inch below the last knots, knot all the strings together again to close the hanger. Then trim the leftover strings to however long you would like them.

7. Attach to an earwire or necklace

Add the jump ring to an earwire or a necklace.

8. Repeat for the other earring

And that's it! The ready-made supply kit can be found here. I created this DIY kit for those of you who don't want to order from multiple websites, paying shipping on each one. There is only ONE kit left, and I don’t have any more pots.

Thanks so much for reading or watching this tutorial. I would love to see your finished plant hanger earrings! We can get in touch on Instagram @higherjewelry.com

Don't forget you can grab a PDF printable of the Checklist & Directions for this project.