DIY Message in a Bottle - A Valentines Day Treasure

Crafts DIY DIY & Crafts Key to My Heart Message in a Bottle Upcycled

Decorated upcycled wine bottles.

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.

Old Wine Bottles 

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

Old keys tied with ribbon to tags. 

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)

Supplies: Glue Gun, Ribbon, Twine, Buttons 

What you need:

  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Buttons
  • 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

Make a scroll of paper. 

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 (

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