How to make a message in a bottle

Do your children love writing secret messages? Then they’ll love making this cute little message in a bottle craft.

It’s the perfect present for teachers at the end of term, or make a few for family members at Christmas. There doesn’t even need to be a special occasion to get crafty – make these bottles with your children as a weekend activity and then exchange your secret messages at the end – you’ll enjoy reading each others’ little notes!

Age group: 6+. You could always write the note for younger children, if you like.

Safety tips: Just watch nobody swallows the beads!

What you will need

  • Some small glass or plastic bottles with lids or cork tops. (We got ours from eBay, but craft shops should stock these too)
  • PVA glue
  • Coloured beads
  • Glitter
  • A few pretty pins (optional)
  • Some small pieces of paper
  • A pencil
  • 2 small bowls: one to put the beads in and the other to catch the excess glitter.