(photo by Jacob Hamen – age 6)
I am all about wishes lately. Later this week I am launching 30 Simple Wishes, but as I ramp up for that, I decided to keep a wish in a bottle that I can have with me all the time.
I am not sure why, but lately I feel that I need to write things down, write them out, and capture them, even if it is just for me. This one is just for me, but it is a wish that I hold, and can now wear, near and dear to my heart.
This is a super simple project, so I hope you enjoy it and get inspired to keep something important or special to you close to your heart as well.
I grabbed some tiny screw in eye hooks from The Home Depot and then had to debate between two different little glass bottles. The short, stubby one won – that allowed for a longer paper strip to be wrapped and tied with ribbon.
I cut about a 6″ x 1/2″ strip of paper and wrote out my wish. It was just for me, but something that matters deeply to me and something that I want to keep as a reminder with me. It is a goal. A hope. A wish.
I rolled it up nice and tight, then tied with a tiny bit of pink ribbon.
I inserted it into the glass bottle and used some E6000 to seal it up tight and screwed the eye hook in, also adding a dot of E6000 to it as well.
Next I grabbed a small chain and some pink ribbon and started weaving the ribbon in and out of the links in the chain.
As I went, I added in a few beads to add some extra texture and dimension. I did not weave the entire thing, only a section, loosely wrapping the rest around the chain.
I then grabbed some bigger chain, as well as equal lengths of lace and seam binding. I tied one end to a link for each, one above the other, and started weaving alternately until the end. I tied off the ends on the other side just like the start. I made sure to even out the chain so that the weaving was in the center.
I added a little pearl, some lace, and a ring and added the bottle to longer, thinner chain.
FInally, I attached the two chains and the pink ribbon to jump rings and added a clasp.
All in all, it was a pretty quick project and one that I am enjoying today!
And – FYI…
Tomorrow we will have a new He Crafts, She Crafts with the amazing Mark Montano!
Then, later this week I will be kicking off 30 Simple Wishes! It is a busy week so I hope you will try to come back and check it all out!