How-to: Make a Message in a Bottle Party Invitation out of Upcycled Materials

fill the opening with mushy melted crayons

4. Put the message in the bottle. Just roll it up and stuff it in–how to get the message OUT of the bottle will be somebody else’s problem.

dip the glass bottle into melted crayon wax to finish sealing it5. Seal the bottle using crayon wax. Follow my tutorial on making upcycled crayons, but take the crayons out of the oven when they’re only mushy, NOT melted. Using a popsicle stick, scrape up the mushy crayon and use it to stuff the opening of the bottles full. It won’t look cute or exceptionally sturdy, but you’re not going to stop here.

Instead, put the crayons back in the oven and let them get completely melted this time. When they’re melted, remove them again from the oven, and dip the bottle openings into the liquid crayon. You’ll notice that the melted crayon will begin to cover the opening and the top edges of the bottle, forming an attractive seal; dip the bottles as many times as you’d like to attain the perfect look and the perfect strong seal (If you try to simply dip the bottles into the melted crayon without sealing them with mushy crayons first, the crayon wax will never cover the opening of the bottle).

Obviously, these bottles are best hand-delivered; we’re fond of the doorbell ditch method of delivering even conventional invitations, because we like to save the postage, but mailing a message in a bottle is spendy…but do-able! To mail a glass bottle, just stuff it in a box, pad it with crumpled newspapers, and mark the box as fragile. If you plan to mail more than one or two, however, then consider using a plastic bottle for your project, instead of glass–it’s still upcycling, it will be a LOT cheaper to mail, and you won’t even have to box it.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.


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