Here is how we created our upcycled DIY 'Message in a Bottle' along with decorative keys tied with ribbon to tags that said 'You Hold the Key to My Heart'.
Step 1. Clean an old bottle.
What you need: Old Wine Bottle(s)
We had been given a large box full of old wine bottles. We kept the corks to fill a cute glass jar we had for a decoration. The box of wine bottles sat outside our main door for awhile. I am wondering if visitors were concerned about the massive amount...
I like to soak my bottles in a mixture of water and a cleaning liquid for at least 30 min. Sometimes I wrap a washcloth around particularly stubborn labels to soak. I peel off the labels and use a razor blade when needed to remove remaining sticky residue. Once the bottles are dry I will wipe any remaining residue with a paper towel and glass cleaner.
Step 2. Make the 'You Hold the Key to My Heart
What you need:
- Old Key(s)
- Thin ribbon
- Paper & Scissors
- Hole Punch
I cut out a shape of a tag and made a hole in it using my hole punch. I wrote "You Hold the Key to My Heart" in my prettiest handwriting. I used both a black and red pen. I wrote the words "Key" and "Heart" in red and drew red hearts. I cut ribbon to the length that would be good to sit nicely around the neck of the bottle and not too large to fall down. I tied the key and the tag together.
Step 3. Decorate the Bottle(s)
What you need:
- Glue Gun
- Ribbon, Burlap, Lace
- Creative Energy
It took me a few hours to decorate the bottles. These were to be sold in our Anvil Market (formerly 'The Front Porch Gift Shop') store front so I wanted to ensure I had a good mix for both men and women. I used twine, burlap, ribbon, lace and buttons. I also cut out in vinyl some 'LOVE' decals and placed this on a few of the bottles.
Step 4. Create the scroll
What you need: 12x12 scrapbooking paper (not card stock)
Pick out paper that you like the design of. Cut your scrapbooking paper in half and roll it into a small tube and tie with a piece of string. If you are only making one bottle for a loved one; you can write or glue your note on the white side of the paper before rolling.
Blog article written by Liz Gaunt, co-owner of Anvil Market (www.anvilmarket.com).