I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I’m a sucker for anything nautical. Anchors, ships’ wheels, starfish, and ocean glass all make me a little giddy, as does today’s ocean in a bottle necklace tutorial.
Who wouldn’t love a tiny glass bottle filled with sand from your favorite vacation spot last summer or the beach that you visited every week as a child?
These ocean in a bottle charm necklaces are a cinch to make, require very few ingredients, and are a great way to preserve those important memories and bring a little piece of your vacation with you wherever you go.
Ocean in a Bottle Necklace:
- Small glass bottles charm
- Sand (preferably from somewhere special to you)
- White and/or blue tumbled glass chips
- Jump ring
- Jewelry pliers
- Nautical charm (I used a seashell charm)
- Necklace chain
- Glad Press’n Seal
Before you start making your ocean in a bottle charm necklace you will want to cover up your workspace, especially when working with kids. I bought some Glad Press’n Seal from Walmart and am so glad that I did, because it’s pretty amazing! We all know that it’s perfect for keeping your food fresh, but do you know that you can use it a lot of other ways too?
I tore off a few equal-sized pieces and smoothed them down over the table. My goal was to contain the mess, especially since my kids were involved! 😉
Next I took some sand from our vacation last year and put a small amount into the tiny glass bottle. Usually I would worry about the sand making a mess all over the table, but because my work surface was covered with Glad Press’n Seal, I was able to relax and just have fun crafting and creating with my kids!
Then I took some blue tumbled glass chips and dropped a few inside my glass bottle.
Next, I added a tiny bit of water inside the bottle. We used regular water on some of the charms, and blue water on the others. To make the blue water, I just added a drop or two of food coloring to a water bottle. The color will be lighter in your tiny glass bottle than it is in the water bottle.
Put the cork on your bottle. If the necklace is for an adult or older child, you won’t need to glue the id (unless you want to), but if the necklace is for a child, I would add a little bit of a strong glue around the edge of the bottle before putting the cork in.
Now it’s time to add a nautical charm. Open up a jump ring with your pliers so that the two end of the jump ring are being pulled in different directions away from each other, but not apart (see photo).
Add the nautical charm and the glass bottle by putting the jump ring through the charm and the top part of the bottle. Close up the jump ring, add the chain, and your cute ocean in a bottle charm necklace is ready to go!
Now it’s time for clean up. But don’t panic, because this is the easy part!
We picked up the bigger tumbled glass chips that were scattered on the table, and left the rest. With four kids, the sand had gotten all over the table, which was totally fine because I had my table covered in Glad Press’n Seal. All I did was carefully peel up the Glad Press’n Seal from the table on each end, leaving all of the leftover sand and glass chips in the middle. I wadded it all up, threw it in the trash, and my table was instantly clean!
I love how easy this sweet little ocean charm necklace is to make! It’s a great craft to do with your kids this summer, and a fun way to carry a little piece of your vacation and memories with you.