This Valentine's Day, create, and give a unique Valentine that
they will cherish and remember; a heart felt, "Message In A
Bottle". You may have seen them in Gift Stores or
Personalized Gift Stores (I have seen these Retail between
$9.95-$24.99). You may have heard about them from a friend
or maybe you have made one or more yourself.
Here are just a few suggestions to try but... whatever you do,
"Just Be Creative!"
start with you will need about a 7"(inch) glass bottle with a
removable cork top. These are small bottles and they come in
different shapes, colors, and sizes. I suggest using a
7"(inch) bottle but, you may choose to use a larger bottle.
Because, the message that will go into the bottle is the most
important part start with that first. Choose the paper that
your personalized message will go on or written on. I
suggest a nice piece of Parchment Paper. An Off White or
Light Beige works the best.
Next think about what message you want to give to your
Valentine(s), Your Husband, Children, Friends, Family, etc...
You can write a message from your heart, or you can obtain a
sentiment or poem from a number of online resources.
Whatever you choose to write, "Make It Special."
Cut the piece of parchment paper or paper of your choice in
half or quarters, for larger bottles you can use a whole piece of
you have your message, Write it on the piece of paper, or use a
project software program such as "Print Shop" or whatever program
you happen to have. You can use decorative valentine borders, and
write/type your message inside the border (See Example Right).
Here in the example, I used MGI-Photo Suite, added a valentine
border, and a quote from William Shakespeare. (I am not a creative
writer so I borrow from those who are)
Next you will want to prepare the message bottle with
"fillers". You can use the following fillers; (the
possibilities are endless, use your imagination)
*Art Sand (fill bottom with ½ to 1 tsp)- (Suggested colors are;
White, Beige, Pink, or Red)
*Miniature Sea Shells (Place a few on top of sand)
*Miniature Metallic Heart-Shaped Red or Multi-colored Confetti
(Use this instead of sand and sea shells)
*Heart-Shaped "Red Hots", or plain "Red Hots" Candy (Use only a
few & Make sure you know the person likes them)
*Miniature Artificial Floral Picks (Palm Tree, flowers, etc.../
*Paper Tiki Drink Umbrella (Red, Pink or Natural)
Now for the final touch. Once the message bottle is
filled with the fillers of your choosing, take your message and
roll it into a tight scroll. You can secure it with a very
small rubber band, yarn, string, ribbon, raffia, craft string, or
whatever you prefer. Place or position the message into the
bottle. replace the cork top. Tie a piece of string,
yarn, ribbon, raffia, or craft string around the "neck" of the
bottle... You may even want to tie a "To & From" gift tag unto the
message bottle. And your done!
People enjoy receiving unique gifts, and especially gifts that
are made from the heart.
Note: You can find the fillers at most craft stores, and you
can find the glass bottles at most craft stores that carry Art
Sand supplies. The bottles pictured in this article are
Oriental Trading Co
The bottles can be purchased by the dozen so, you can give a
"Message In A Bottle" to more than one person and best of all
these bottles come in different shapes and colors.
**If you need a valentine graphic image or border for your
message, you may download or print one or more from here:
To download Image; Right Click on image and click "Save Picture
As" or just print it on your message paper if you plan to use a
whole sheet of paper. If you are planning to resize the image you
will need to "download" it first. Note: These images can only be
used for personal use.