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DIY Apothecary Bottle Necklace

UPDATE: This post originally ran February 22, 2012 but lately I have become re-enamored with the idea of apothecary bottle necklaces! I particularly love this little one Brigette has, and I really want to fill one with sand from the beach so I can wear summer around my neck all winter long…

I’ve always loved apothecary bottles… they’re adorable and perfect for holding perfumes, beads or other tiny things. They also make super cute necklaces, and there’s so much you can do with them!  I originally had the idea of putting little rolled up love notes in them as Valentine’s Day gifts, and even though that holiday has passed I still think it would be a really sweet gift for a friend or loved one, with a meaningful quote or message inside.

What you need: apothecary bottles (I ordered some from amazon), necklace chains, jump rings, eyepins, and glue.

I was able to stick the eyepin right into the cork of the apothecary bottle – but if you aren’t able to, try sticking a needle through first. Attach the jump ring to the eyepin, and then attach your chain. You may want to dab a little bit of glue around the eyepin so that it stays put.


I had a few ideas that I wanted to try out for these. For the first one I wrote a quote on a piece of paper with raw edges, with the idea of making a little “message in a bottle.”


Roll up your little message and stick it in the bottle! I used a bobby pin to help push it in.




For the second one, I loved the idea of filling the bottle with petals from a sentimental flower :)




I filled the third necklace with little turquoise stones – I really love the idea of filling one with sand, too :)


Happy DIY hump day!

Photos by Julia.

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Anonymous -February 22, 2012, 4:20PM

what does the message say ??

antArtiste -February 22, 2012, 4:25PM

very nice idea… clear instruction… nice photos… Thanks a lot..

fp julia -February 22, 2012, 4:32PM

the message is an E.E. Cummings quote “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea” :)

aria -February 22, 2012, 4:54PM

i really like this idea! thank u!!:)

Mikayla -February 22, 2012, 5:21PM

Such a cute idea!

Cassandra -February 22, 2012, 5:21PM

This is SUCH an adorable idea! Thanks!

Anonymous -February 22, 2012, 5:30PM

Need. Want. Will probably set time aside to make some tomorrow. Last two projects included a DIY Terrarium and a Melted Record Bowl! Love it/

Laura -February 22, 2012, 5:32PM

I’ve done this before and crushed up little pink seashells to put inside, it looks adorable :)

fp julia -February 22, 2012, 5:37PM

Laura – great idea!

Kathie -February 22, 2012, 5:40PM

Love this idea lots of gift giving ideas for this one

mel -February 22, 2012, 6:00PM

love it.

Charity Poole -February 22, 2012, 6:30PM

These are so cute. I didn’t know you could buy the little jars on Amazon, thank you for the tip!

Bettina -February 22, 2012, 7:16PM

Can you please tell me the size of the bottles?

MySweetHomeSpot -February 23, 2012, 2:14AM

So cute! I love it. Hope I can find these bottles in France… Thanks for this super idea!

Linda -February 23, 2012, 2:46AM

I’ve seen this at Christmas but w/ a small amount of white crystals, about 5 black seed beads, pieces of a stick about a 1/2 inch long and a small piece of orange material = melted snowman! I love all the ideas!

Kristen -February 23, 2012, 11:34AM

I have one of these with sand and broken shells from my fav. spot on the beach, since I moved and now I’m landlocked it’s my little beachy treasure.

Carys -February 23, 2012, 1:45PM

So cute! Defiantly doing this!

Tamz Lavener -February 24, 2012, 4:58PM

I definitely have to do this!

Bonnie -February 26, 2012, 4:53PM

So cute! Where did you get the necklaces? Are you planning on wearing them all together? What lengths are the necklaces? Haha, sorry for all the questions :) Can’t wait to get started!

Dariela -February 27, 2012, 1:31PM

I love the idea!!! Where can I buy the bottles?

Tara -March 29, 2012, 9:17PM

Made one with my dogs puppy teeth inside, thanks for the idea and link to supplies.

Gaby -April 23, 2012, 8:37AM

I made one too.:)

Kellie -June 1, 2012, 11:06PM

Where do you get the apothecary bottle??

fp julia -September 14, 2012, 4:03PM

I bought the bottles on!

Jessica -September 16, 2012, 9:42PM

These are so nice. I’d love to make some of my own!

diyearte by L & S -September 17, 2012, 4:20AM

great idea!!!

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Stephanie -September 18, 2012, 6:35PM

Does anyone know if any stores carry these bottles?

Mary -September 22, 2012, 4:15PM

Ah! I have something very similar to this! Though, as opposed to an apothecary bottle on its own, it’s an “Alice in Wonderland” bottle! It looks nearly identical to this, except it has a small metal tag that reads: “Drink me”. And although I didn’t make it myself, I got it as a gift from my best friend a couple years ago, so I think that makes it just as precious :) I’ve never failed to wear it everyday since she gave it to me.
Even so, having made something so cute is spectacular! You’re all very talented! Especially the rose petal idea. I found it to be very, for a lack of better words, fantasy-like! Which is something that sort of tickles my fancy. Keep up the good work, ladies :)

Sarah -September 28, 2012, 2:41AM

Super cute :) What size are these bottles?

Amy -September 30, 2012, 10:19AM

I found packs of bottles like these in Michaels Craft Stores. go to the scrapbook section and there’s a whole lot of steampunk inspired pieces/packs and they sell the variety packs of these fairy bottles there. Hope this helps.

Kritika Nair -November 16, 2012, 9:54AM

That’s wonderful DIY guide that you have put on on your blog. Will definitely try it out at a later date.

monika -December 13, 2012, 10:22AM

thanks for the idea! now i know what to make for my sister for christmas :)

Alvin Nguyen -February 28, 2013, 12:20AM

Hey Julia, hopefully you read this message..
So my anniversary is coming up soon and I want to make my girlfriend something extremely special.
I want to make these Apothecary Bottle Necklaces with an extremely special message inside it.
The problem is, I’m from Canada and does not ship to Canada.
and Amazon.Ca do not have these Apothecary Bottles…
I was hoping to see if you could ship 2 Apothecary Bottles..
Please and Thank You Julia :)

bezzabel -March 20, 2013, 8:23PM

Alvin thats adorable! you should be able to also find them on they should ship to Canada :)

melissa -July 8, 2013, 6:41PM

what is the blue stuff

melissa -July 8, 2013, 6:42PM

but it’s adorable

Donna -August 17, 2013, 9:49AM

They sell little bottle at Dollar Tree. They are with the nail polish, filled with “nail art” glitter and other stuff. I think there are 8 for $1. Just plastic tops with a hole to hang.

Cassie -December 4, 2013, 10:20PM

where did you get the eyepins ? can you find some in Michael’s arts and crafts store ? i’m making some for my far away family for Christmas , these are so pretty . (: but I cant seem to find the short eyepins . D: please help !

Joanne -December 26, 2013, 9:46PM

One of my friend made us little vials with a color that represented our personalityd and I wanted to make mine into a necklace do this is nice

P Van Dyke -May 13, 2014, 7:43PM

Doing these for a girl’s camp with a mustard seed inside and a little piece of paper with “faith” written on it rolled up inside.

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