Carry a bottle full of tiny paper hearts with this adorable Valentine Hearts Bottle Necklace. It’s so easy to make in just a few minutes. You can wear it yourself or give it to someone special as a cute handmade gift.
Years ago I was absolutely obsessed with making all kinds of different necklaces using tiny bottle charms. One of them was an adorable message in a bottle necklace that I wrote a tutorial for awhile back.
Another was this super cute bottle filled with tiny little hearts. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would share how I made it so you can make them for yourself too!
Originally I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut the paper hearts. It worked just fine, but doing that many small cuts takes absolutely forever. It also was pretty hard on both my blade and cutting mat.
But since then I was going through my craft supplies and came across a small heart punch. I’d bought it a long time ago for a different purpose and it had mostly been living in a drawer ever since.
When I thought about revisiting this Valentine bottle necklace I punched a few hearts to see if they would work. And to my delight, the little hearts fit perfectly into the bottle. So I knew I just had to make a full tutorial.
This project is so incredibly easy and can be put together in just a few minutes. It would be a perfect little gift to give to someone special this Valentine’s Day. Or you could wear it for yourself too. There are also plenty of ways to customize it, so it can suit whatever style you have.
What You Need to Make a Valentine Hearts Bottle Necklace
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Gather up all the materials for your bottle necklace. Here’s what you will need:
Jump Ring (about 12mm heavy gauge)
Although E6000 is my normal go-to when it comes to glue, I don’t like to use it for these types of projects. It’s a bit too thick and in the past it’s clouded the glass and ruined the bottle. If anyone uses E6000 and it works for them, though, let me know in the comments!
In the end, the glue is still completely optional. I like to make sure that everything is nice and secure, but the cork usually does a good job staying put even without gluing it down. So if you don’t want to use any glue, you probably don’t need to.
How to Make a Valentine Hearts Bottle Necklace
Step 1: Make Hearts
Start by grabbing the heart hole punch and a few colors of scrapbook paper. I went with very traditional pinks and white. However, you can use any colors you like.
I recommend using at least two different colors of paper. If you use only a single color, once the hearts are in the bottle it can be hard to tell what the shape is. I personally like using three different colors the best.
Making the hearts is like using any other hole punch. Just place the paper into the punch and squeeze.
What’s nice about this punch is that it keeps the hearts in a little compartment after they are punched. Then you can easily open it up to get the hearts. This is really helpful so they can stay together and not make a mess.
I ended up punching a row of hearts across the shorter side of the paper. Then repeated this for the other two colors as well.
When I was finished I ended up with three little piles of tiny paper hearts. They’re so cute!
Step 2: Fill Bottle
The next step is to get these little hearts into the bottle.
Start by mixing up all the different colored hearts. That way they will be distributed evenly in the bottle.
Then put them all into the bottle. There isn’t really a special way to do this. I just grabbed a pinch at a time and sprinkled them into the bottle until it was full.
Step 3: Glue Cork (optional)
If you want to permanently seal the hearts in the bottle you can glue the cork down at this point. This step is entirely optional though.
In most cases the cork does a perfectly good job staying put. I just like to make things as secure as possible.
Squeeze a thin line of glue along the bottom of the cork.
Then press it into the bottle.
Some excess glue will likely squeeze up from the cork. Just use a toothpick to carefully scrape it away.
Then set the bottle aside to dry. Dry time can vary from glue to glue, but leaving it for about 24 hours to fully set is usually a good estimate.
Step 4: Assemble Necklace
Finally, the bottle just needs to be added to a necklace cord. I’m using a heavy gauge jump ring to connect them together.
Start by opening the jump ring with jewelry pliers. Mine was so heavy duty that I needed to use two sets of pliers.
Always remember to twist the jump ring open. Never pull the ends apart to open them.
Now you can add both the necklace and the bottle charm onto the jump ring.
Then twist the jump ring back in the opposite direction to close it. That’s it! Now this cute little necklace is ready to be worn or given away as a gift.
Alternate Ways to Make Hearts
If for whatever reason using the heart punch isn’t an option, there are a few alternatives I can think of.
First off, if you still would like the hearts to be made of paper, you can use a cutting machine to cut them. These would be machines like the Cricut or the Silhouette.
Like I mentioned earlier, I previously cut a whole bunch of these hearts using my Silhouette machine. They came out well, but it was quite tedious removing them from the cutting mat.
It’s not a method I would necessarily recommend, but wanted to mention it anyway. If you had a cutting machine and didn’t want to bother getting a heart punch it might be worth a try.
Also, if you have arthritis or something else it might be too hard to use a hole punch that many times. In that case, having a machine cut the hearts for you could be a better option.
If you don’t want to use paper, you could also use tiny heart shaped confetti. Here are some that I bought at Joann Fabrics the other day:
You could likely find similar confetti at most other craft stores as well. You just need to make sure that the hearts are small enough to fit into the bottle.
Valentine Hearts Bottle Necklace Variations
I’m sure there are a ton of ways to customize these necklaces. I wanted to show off a few examples I thought of in case it could inspire someone.
First, and probably most obviously, is by using different colored hearts. The classic reds, pinks, and white are great, don’t get me wrong. But you can use all kinds of different combinations.
Next, you could combine the paper hearts with confetti ones. The paper and the metallic confetti give a nice contrast to each other.
Finally, you can mix a little glitter in with the hearts for some extra sparkle. I used chunky glitter so it would be easier to see.
Final Thoughts About the Valentine Hearts Bottle Necklace
I’m so glad that I decided to revisit this project for my blog. It’s nice to work on quick projects every once in awhile.
Although this project was made for Valentine’s Day, hearts aren’t exclusive to the holiday. These can be made for any holiday or theme you can think of.
Just adjust the colors a bit and you could make them for Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc.
You could also make them in the colors of your favorite sports team or school.
Or you could choose any colors you like to match a theme or outfit. There are just so many different combinations.
Also, if you find just the bottle to be too simple, you could also add some charms to the necklace as well. The sky’s the limit on how unique you can make this project.
They are also so quick and easy to make. So if you wanted to make a bunch of them to give to all your friends, it could be a great last minute gift idea.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I’d love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!
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