Is there anything more romantic than the thought of finding a message in a bottle? It’s noon on Valentine’s Day, and just when I thought I was all crafted out, this DIY from Style Me Pretty has me feeling a second wind coming on strong. I think I just might have the materials to create this mini message in a bottle, but if not, I’ll have to make one last trip to the craft store… this project is too precious to pass up! Keep reading for the instructions…

  • glass bottle with cork top
  • white paper
  • needle-nose pliers
  • scissors
  • red embroidery thread
  • thin wire
  • metal chain (we used leftover chain from an old necklace)
  • red felt
  • needle
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks

Step 1: Cut a strip of white paper to 1.5″x11″.  Write a secret message to your Valentine.

Step 2: Roll up the paper and tie with several wraps of red embroidery thread. Cut a small heart out of red felt, poke a hole in it, and tie to one end of the red thread.

Step 3: Trim the metal chain to half the length of the bottle, and tie the red thread-wrapped message to one end.

Step 4: Cut a 3/4″ piece of wire and use pliers to curve it into a “U” shape. Slide the loose end of the metal chain onto the loop.

Step 5: Turn cork bottle top upside down and push the ends of the “U” wire in as far as they will go. Secure with hot glue and allow to dry.

Step 6: Tuck the message inside the bottle and push the cork back in.  Leave it in a spot that’s sure to surprise your Valentine!

*design and styling by Style Me Pretty, photography by Heidi of White Loft Studio

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Comments (45)
  1. 1
    jen ramos February 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    this is super cute!

  2. 2
    jacqueline cote February 15, 2013 at 12:56 am

    So adorable!

  3. 3
    Lotoya Vongrechin February 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I love this! Super fun craft for anyone. Thanks for sharing I must try it.

  4. 4
    Lucy Arden February 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    This is such an adorable idea! I can’t wait to try this. Actually, I’m thinking that instead of using it for Valentine’s Day (since that’s already over) I might incorporate it into an Easter scavenger hunt. 🙂 Thanks so much for posting!

    -Lucy @ Leading a Happy Life

  5. 5
    Jessica M. May 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Love this! I used “Message in a bottle” for my tiny destination wedding last summer. If you need a bigger bottle and more space to write (like an invitation) I recommend huge selection of corked bottles to choose from. Good luck!

  6. 6
    Paru Mahtani January 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Just awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!



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