A must read Message ON a Bottle
I am taking the poplar message in a bottle and…well flattening it. Of course it won’t float through the ocean, but it can be easily shipped. The concept of this gift is pretty easy (yet very cool). You take a bottle and flatten it (yes- melt that sucker!) and then personalize it as you wish.
This is great idea if you have a keepsake bottle from an event or trip. Maybe you saved a bottle from a first date, wedding or birthday. Or like me, you bring home a bottle of an awesome drink you stumbled upon during a vacation. Rum from Jamaica, Beer from Germany…or Milwaukee!
It can also be a random bottle or one with meaning or a funny memory attached to it. Boon’s Farm anyone? Vintage RC Cola! Everyone has that special drink they either love or wish they’d never opened!
Of course it can just be a random bottle you pull out of the recycle or buy from the glass artist you work with. The bottle doesn’t have to have meaning, especially if your focus is really the saying, photo, card or invitation you want adhered to the bottle.
Once you choose your bottle, you simply have it flattened. You can DIY if you have the right tools and the right skills. I don’t on this one! Interestingly, my research revealed you can apparently do this in a toaster oven. But seriously I can’t recommend this without first attempting it…although my husband is a firefighter and I do have a toaster oven….hmmmm. It may work great, but in my mind I see the bottle exploding! Google it if you want to try it, but honestly you can have a professional artist do this for under $25.
Foregoing the toaster oven, I would contact a local glass studio and find an artist or craftsman that will flatten your bottle. I did this and they had a list of several people I could work with or they could even show me know to do it myself at the studio. I had someone else do it for $20. The price will vary depending on the studio and where you live.
Back in 2010, I did this as a wedding keepsake to show my friend how much it meant to me to be a part of her special day. At the wedding after the first toast, I snagged the champagne bottle off the head table that they used. I took that bottle, removed the labels and had it flattened. Once I had the bottle back, I used their wedding invitation as the new label and used the ribbon off my flowers as a decorative piece and hook at the top so they could hang it on the wall. It turned out really good, and they loved it.
Off course that took some planning, but in the end was well worth the time and effort. Total price: $25! It was $20 to flatten the bottle and $5 for the adhesive.
Unlike my adventure in 2010, you can now easily find someone online to produce this gift. Connecting with a glass artist online would work really well especially if you don’t have a specific bottle to use or want to have the bottle transformed. You can have it engraved, turned into something else or have it hand painted. Search flattened bottle, melted bottle or flattened bottle tray online or on Etsy and you will find several options. You will see bottles made into wall art, serving trays, candle holders, clocks and much more. Tons of options!
Check out MeltedLaughs on Etsy. Very cool little shop. They can create a custom bottle for you for a wedding invitation, photo, postcard…. or even just a funny saying. Their listings outline all of the information you need to have them create a custom piece for you.
You can really use your imagine with this gift idea. From a 1st birthday cake smash photo on a glass baby bottle to a 21st birthday photo on a tequila bottle, the possibilities are endless with this one!
Have fun with it and share your awesome ideas for a Message On a Bottle in the comment section.