hello diy / Message in a bottle:

February 22, 2012

I love messages! Especially tiny note messages! I thought this would be something fun to make for a friend going out of town, or a loved one to have while away. Here's a fun and easy diy for your winter crafting afternoon! I made this with vintage wallpapers but it can be easily swapped with any holiday-related paper as well (ie: Christmas/Valentine's Day/Easter/etc)



Here's what you need:

- Fun pattern papers (mine are a mix of vintage wallpaper + papersource)
- Bottle (got these from specialty bottle)
- Jewelry rings (mine are from Michaels)
- Twine
- Label paper
- Scissors
- Small Box to wrap bottle


First, cut strips of paper. I used vintage wallpapers and floral/map prints. I hand wrote some messages, and typed some with a typewriter.



Roll up your little note, then place jewelry ring around the note!


You can write however many notes you want that person to have.



Now place the notes in bottle.



Print out a label for the bottle. You can write whatever message you'd like on the label. Then place label on bottle.


Wrap the twine around your bottle. This is optional, I just added it for decoration :)




Place some tissue paper in your gift box and place message bottle in box.


I also printed a wrap around label out. Place label on box and tie with twine!



A fun little gift idea, any recipient would be lucky to receive!

76 hello's:

  1. This is too cute! You're the best!

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  2. You are so creative Danni! I have a bunch of these little bottles and am definitely going to have to do this. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. you have the coolest notes! totally doing this one, too. ;)

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  4. I love this! Really sweet idea! :) x

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  5. I love all of your little paper projects. These little notes are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. such a lovely idea i love it!
    http://fancycuteness.blogspot.com

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  7. I can think of many girlfriends that I would love to give this to. thanks for the great idea~

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  8. beautiful DIY project, danni! as always, thank you for your sharing heart :)

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  9. ADORABLE!!! I love your DIY projects and love notes! You're such a great encourager!

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  10. I wish I was your friend! That would be such a delightful gift to receive.

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  11. Wow this is so lovely! Also wonderfully photographed!

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  12. omg i LOVE :) made my day! thank you!

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  13. What great timing for you to post this right now! My cousin is missing her husband, who is gone for 6 weeks doing volunteer work in Nicaragua. I just sent her a cute card with a Starbucks gift card in it to cheer her up. But now, inspired by your post, I'm going to send her a little bottle of notes with suggestions of fun things to do to keep her from missing her husband so much while he is gone. I figure if she stays busy, she won't miss him so much. Thanks for the inspiration! I can't wait to get started on it!

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  14. sweety idea and beautiful package as always!
    jessica

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  15. This is so adorable, thanks for the idea!

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  16. This is the cutest DIY ever!!! Love this so much.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  17. Very sweet and very fun! :)

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  18. Super cute! I love all your little details!

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  19. Absolutely adorable idea! I know I would love to receive something like this =)

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  20. What a beautiful gift idea!

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  21. This is too cute! Will try to make for my boyfriend's mom... who's birthday is coming up! She will love it!

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  22. That is so danged cute! I love how you think so deeply about the packaging and the experience. This would make a great way to do a treasure hunt, or an invite to a pirate themed, deserted island sort of party! Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  23. What a cute idea! I love your packaging. :)

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  24. Fantastic idea! I think I'll give one to my beau next time he goes on a trip..

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  25. This is so adorable! I am actually going to do this for my friends when we graduate!! :) thankyou so much!xxx

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  26. This is soo lovely, anyone who receives any of your superbly packaged gifts is very lucky! :)

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  27. Brilliant idea! Just found your blog and i am now following as its right up my street! X

    http://lelshyloves.blogspot.com

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  28. This is beautiful!!!!!! I'm definitely going to use it :)

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  29. this is such a sweet idea. i would be so happy to receive this in the mail!! also, these photos are gorgeous! just pinned it :)

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  30. love this idea danni! it would be so fun to get a thoughtful gift like this in the mail.

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  31. This may very well be my most favorite DIY ever :) Ahhh so cute!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogpost.com/

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  32. Such a cute little gift! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  33. What a cute project/gift. Such a sweet idea. Thank you for sharing it.

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  34. most amazing idea ever! favourite DIY project :)

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  35. Oh, Danni! This is too much amazingness! Do you realize how much I've always wanted a message in a bottle? So sweet!

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  36. Danni I love this idea. Such a lovely thing to do for loved ones.
    P.s. I saw this today and thought of your love of parcels and pen pal friends.
    http://www.johnlewis.com/275799/Product.aspx

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  37. I love this!! thanks for sharing! And I LOVE the vintage wallpapers:)

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  38. cute! and i love your scissors, where did you get them??

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  39. Wow, that is AWESOME! I wish I had the patience to make something that adorable :O) Kudos to you craft goddess!

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  40. I love this! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. I am doing little cartwheels in my head over this post. I was seriously transported--the photos and the tiny details, so exquisite! The thought behind it and the execution of the idea are so, so beautiful. Thanks again for the inspiration!

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  42. What a thoughtful and sweet gift!

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  43. This is such a cute idea! I love it, especially since i have many bottles that I had lying around & this is perfect!

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  44. Such a lovely idea! I will keep this in mind for future gift giving

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  45. So cute and clever, I love gifts that speak to the heart! Your styling is wonderful as well!

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  46. Great idea!!! Love your blog!!!

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  47. This is adorable! I like that there are several messages that someone can open over time.

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  48. I am so excited to make this sweet gift for my friend Glynda as a birthday gift. I found this post just in time her birthday is Sunday, March 4th so I better get working on it! Fun, fun, fun!

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  49. i absolutely love this gift.
    so sweet. so thoughtful. so fun!!!

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  50. Super cute! Can't wait to try this out.

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  51. catching up with your blog after a while i have been away and saw this awesome project, you are just so clever, it's so lovely :-)

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  52. awesome!
    this is such a thoughtful and precious idea!
    Very creative!
    Im excited to explore more of this blog :)

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  53. Such a beautiful DIY project! Can't wait to try it out. You are amazing!

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  54. Being a huge Words person, I just love this idea. Super cute and fun.

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  55. You always come up with the most amazingly beautiful projects! What kind of printer do you use? Mine does not print labels as beautifully as the ones in your pictures. Thank you for loads of inspiration and happiness!
    x0x Jess

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  56. Hello, love the blog. I do have a question about the labels you used for this project. Did you print them out? If so, where can I find that template? Thanks!

    Liz Rissmiller

    Elizabethrissmiller@yahoo.com

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  57. Danni, I know this post is old (I look at your blog at least weekly!) but I had to comment for the first time ever to tell you I love this project! I'm in a long-distance relationship and sometimes we are unable to talk much. I am always looking for new ideas for notes and mail! He's going to the Dominican Republic for a missions trip in a couple of weeks; I think I will make him some messages in a bottle.

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  58. Hi Danni,

    Love this project!
    Just like Liz, i would like to know how you print those labels?

    Deniece

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  59. What a beautiful idea! How CUTE! Love the packaging, love the presentation, everything!


    Lesley
    http://byporchlight.blogspot.com

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  60. Soooo gorgeous! What a way to send a love note. :) On my to-do list.

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  61. Wow! What a great idea; I would love to give my boy one of these bottles for our 1 year next month. :) Great post!

    Laura

    thecupthief.wordpress.com

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  62. This is SO lovely! I did this for a friend as a goodbye/thank you gift when I stayed with her in July, and wanted to thank you SO much for the wonderful idea!!!

    You are so creative and such an inspiration. :)
    Blessings,
    Grace

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  63. great idea! i did something similar for my boyfriend. but i had a jar with 100 notes, for 100 reasons i love him;) he was supposed to read one note at a time but he read them all in a couple of days:))

    http://athousandhappythoughts.blogspot.com

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  64. I couldn't adore a blog more than yours. From the colors to the inspiration to the very genuine love you clearly put in to everything you do. I adore you, too! Oh, hello friend, you are loved here in Chicago.

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  65. This is sooo adorable! What size of bottle did you order?

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  66. I've been searching to do something for Valentine's Day! This is perfect! I'm so glad I came across your blog! Wishing you the best! Very inspiring!

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  67. I love your gorgeous photos and original ideas! I linked to this post on my blog today, crediting it as the inspiration for a recent project I did. Keep up the beautiful, inspiring ideas!

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