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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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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.

  6. 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 :)

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

  8. 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 !

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Hello!
    My name is Maci parsons. I was wondering if you could make me the bottle necklace with the note inside of it. My daughter loves dogs and I was wondering if you could make her one that has a poem about dogs for the letter. You could e- mail me how much it would cost. I’m not sure how you could get it to me but it would be Bret to get it to me by valintines day. Thank you so much and please e- mail me how much it will cost. Have a wonderful week!
    – Maci Parsons

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