27 August 2012

Summer Souvenir

Hello Monday & hello everyone! This week is all about necklaces -- how to make new ones and how to give old ones a make-over.

 Today, I'm carrying over last Friday's blah: an empty nail polish bottle.

You can fill it with anything you want like beads or confetti. Use a paper funnel to make a neat pour.

I'm putting in some sand -- I gathered a small amount from a recent beach trip.

Close the top with a small craft cork {seal with glue to avoid accidents} and add a chain {attach to the bottle with a piece of wire}. Now, it's a necklace...TADA!

 I bumped up the "pretty factor" with a locket {fastened to the bottle with a ribbon}.

 The locket gives this necklace a touch of nostalgia, and is brimming with possibilities:

  • For a married couple, put in sand from a beach where you honeymooned, and add your photos in the locket. It works for wedding anniversaries, too.
  • For a single gal, sand and photos from your most recent adventure {by yourself or with the besties}.
  • For a parent, you can give this to your daughter who's moving away for college or a job abroad. The sand can be from your hometown or from a beach where your family frequented as she was growing up. Mom and Dad's photos make it to the locket, of course. Okay, family pets can be in the running as well. 

 How can you not love this handmade present?

It's filled with meaning, and is as precious as the
most expensive diamond necklace, without
the hefty price tag.


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Candace! Appreciate very much your regular visits and enthusiastic comments! :)

  2. how did you get the nail polish bottle so clean?

    1. Hi Martha! I used liquid nail polish remover and soaked it overnight. Then I used a Q-tip to rub out any stubborn polish left on the walls of the bottle. A bit of elbow grease, but the results are worth it. Happy crafting! :)


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