With Spring Break right around the corner, I am craving sun and sand! In my travels, I always marvel over the different colors of sand that I encounter. I have been on the black sand beach of Maui, the powder white sand beach of Cancun, and most recently a gorgeous purple sand beach in Carmel, California. I always bring home a little baggie of the sand that I collect to create mementos from. I decided to turn this last beach memory into a keepsake DIY bottle necklace I can wear.
This DIY bottle necklace was really easy to put together, and I even personalized it with a tag showing the name of the beach.
Supplies needed to make your own beach sand DIY bottle necklace:
- Clear Plastic Shrink Film
- Bottle Charms (One per necklace, comes in a pack of two bottles.)
- Ball Necklace Chain
- Bright Silver Jump Ring
- Round Hole Punch
- Charms for Embellishing (Like these Rhinestone Silver Starfish Charm Links.)
- E-6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
- Fine Tip Sharpie Markers
- Sand from a Beach of Your Choice
When you collect your sand, you will want to allow it to dry out fully. If you spread it out on a cookie sheet, it will speed up the drying time.
Once your sand is dry, remove the cork from the small glass jars, and fill the jar almost to the top with sand. You might also choose to add small shells to the jar.
Set jar aside to allow glue to fully dry. In the meantime, you can create the tag for your DIY bottle necklace! Cut a piece of clear shrink plastic into a 2″x 1″ rectangle. Trim the top two corners, and punch a hole in the center of the cut end to create a tag shape.
Using a fine-tipped Sharpie permanent marker, write the name of the beach on your tag. It would be fun to do GPS coordinates, or a date as well.
This is my tag before it shrunk:
Attach the tag to a jump ring. Add charms if you like.
Either way, it is a fun way to remember your beach adventures! If you’re looking for more ways to remember your beach trip, consider making this summer beach DIY frame to display vacation photos in!
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).