Wine Bottle Crafts: Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor

Wine Bottle Crafts: Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor

Ever since recycling glass stopped in my county, I’ve been trying to come up with fresh ways to repurpose the glass bottles I end up with. Now that summer is on the horizon, my head is already in the sand- beach sand, that is. So, this time around, I’m adding to my arsenal of wine bottle crafts with a new one: Message in a Bottle! It will be perfect for beach decor / ocean decor or to use at a beach wedding.

No glass recycling in Greenville SC and wine bottle crafts for glass bottle recycling by Sadie Seasongoods

I know, I know- no glass recycling is the absolute pits! BUT- I think you’re really going to like how this project turns out, and it’s insanely easy to make. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Recycling Glass and Wine Bottle Crafts into Beach Decor

To get started on my idea, I first needed to remove all the labels/foil from my bottles. My method involves soaking the wine bottles in a bucket of hot water for a while- and some labels melt right off with this alone. For those that leave sticky residue, I use a favorite cleaner of mine to help take it all off.

But one of my bottles must have had a really weird shape for air flow because even after 4 days, it hadn’t dried out inside! So, I reached into my scientist background and used a laboratory desiccant (don’t worry, it’s non-toxic) which dried it out in a few moments.

Using Drierite when recycling glass with wine bottle crafts and glass bottle recycling by Sadie Seasongoods

Because I was recreating the look of a message in a bottle, I needed to “age” my bottles ever so slightly, as if they had tumbled along the ocean floor. I used a colorless sea glass spray, but instead of spraying close and heavy for an opaque finish, I sprayed lightly from further away.

Using Sea Glass spray paint in Ice to make wine bottles look old and weathered for ocean decor by Sadie Seasongoods

And it worked brilliantly! The bottles had exactly the look I was going for.

Basically, I was going for the “underwater schmutz” look.

The next step was adding a finger or two of sand into the bottom of each bottle.

I “borrowed” some sand from the Florida shore when I visited my parents. But you could use decorative sand if you don’t have access to the real thing.

Recycling glass and glass bottle recycling by pouring sand inside glass bottles for beach room decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Now the wine bottle crafts aspect is basically done and it was time to focus on the “message” part!

Creating the Message in Message in a Bottle for Beach Home Decor

For the “message” part of message in a bottle, I repurposed pages from my “upcycling book” (I bought it at a thrift expressly for projects several years ago).

Upcycling idea for old books for message in a bottle gift and beach home decor by Sadie Seasongoods

I removed a page and folded/tore along each edge for a natural look. Then, I carefully rolled the page around a pen, applying a glue stick along the last inch or so to secure it.

Once it had dried/set, I wrapped a touch of hemp cord around the center as insurance (and to add to the natural look).

Message in a bottle gift or ocean decor as wine bottle crafts and recycling glass by Sadie Seasongoods

There- a message for my message in a bottle!

Wine bottle crafts as message in a bottle to use as beach home decor or ocean decor by Sadie Seasongoods

To finish off my wine bottle crafts, I grabbed some wine corks from my stash. I always need wine corks for cork crafts, and they were perfect for my ocean decor project!

Cork crafts and wine bottle crafts to make message in a bottle for beach room decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor or Beach Wedding Decor

And voila! Perfect message in a bottle decor that is perfect to use as beach home decor or ocean decor. An easy and fun way to bring the shoreline indoors, no matter where you live!

Wouldn’t these also be wonderful for beach wedding decor, too? Such an easy way to go about recycling glass and reusing wine bottles into crafts!

Recycling glass into message in a bottle to use as beach wedding decor or ocean decor by Sadie Seasongoods

Aren’t they great? I love, seriously LOVE, how they look- especially as a cluster, which I’ll place around the house this summer.

Message in a bottle from wine bottle crafts and cork crafts for recycling glass into ocean decor by Sadie Seasongoods

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for ocean decor or beach room decor, then you may also love these beach vacation memory jars, too!

DIY Beach Decor or Ocean Decor in vintage mason jars for summer decorating by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!


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  1. How to use Drierite

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hi, Lucy, are you asking how to use it? You pour a few granules (amount depends on how much moisture you’re ridding, so I used probably a few dozen granules poured through a funnel into my bottle) and shook them around in the bottle. The blue granules turn purple as they absorb moisture- then I just dumped the granules out.

  2. Mary Ann says

    Love these, just going to have to empty a few liquor bottles now, for the sake of art of course! Thanks for this!

  3. Robyn Wright says

    I love how your sand isn’t perfectly clean.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you!! I think it makes it even more authentic looking, but wasn’t planned- the sand I swiped from the beach just happened to look like that, LOL.

  4. Meg Miller says

    Yay, Drierite! Thanks for the link, I didn’t know I could buy it retail!

  5. A really cute idea for a coastal look! I am going to tell my friend as he has a cottage at the coast here in Oregon!

  6. Cute idea. Wondering how to use them as a decoration for a Ladie’s afternoon Tea. in June

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Deborah! I’m sure clusters of shorter bottles done up like this would make darling centerpieces.

  7. Kathy A. says

    Love it, as usual. Once upon a time I bought a bag of play sand at Wal-Mart as it was easier than bringing home beach sand (in my shoes ALWAYS happens!). Think I used the end of it on icy stairs! Anyway, I love adding sea shells, too. As a kid, I always wanted to find a pearl in a clam shell (They grow in oysters!) so I have been known to glue a pearl bead into a shell to add interest. Also loved your post with the aqua Ball jars–what a great combo for a centerpiece. I made your candleholders with green sea glass paint, wrapped with jute and sea charms. I can imagine how well they would all go together the length of a table or a mantle. Awesome!

  8. Darn, looks like I’m going to have to consume a few bottles to recreate this idea. Hmmm whichever poison has the cutest bottles win! Now to scour Pinterest for some delicious cocktail recipes. Cheers!

  9. Absolutely love this idea! Going to do the same with a message for each of my kids. Thanks!

  10. Yep… definitely love these! Saving to my DIY Dreams Board! (saw this on Morning Cup of Joe)

  11. You and your bottle makeovers! You get me every single time. I love what you do with them!!


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