Celebrate summer with an easy, breezy creative beach craft. A Water Bottle Necklace from Heidi Borchers is a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle while looking stylish! Use shells from your collection to create an island feel.
- Plastic water bottle
- Craft knife
- Paper punch- 1/8”
- Wax paper
- Acrylic paint- ivory
- Cosmetic sponge- to apply paint
- Shells- small
- Small seed beads, pearls, bugle beads, micro no hole beads
- Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer finish
- Jewelry findings – jump rings, necklace chain with closure, eye pins
- Glass beads – assorted sizes (to go on the eye pins)
- Ribbons – silk assorted colors to tie onto chain
- Needle nose pliers
- Using a craft knife, carefully cut off the top and the bottom of the plastic water bottle.
- With a fine line marker, draw free-form shape onto the plastic. Cut with scissors. You will need 9 pieces for the necklace.
- Using the paper punch, punch hole at the top edge of each of the plastic pieces.
- Place a small amount of the acrylic paint onto wax paper. Dab sponge into paint and then dab onto plastic. Let paint dry completely. Apply a second coat. Let dry.
- Glue the shells onto the painted plastic pieces. Add a few micro beads, bugle beads and pearls around the shells.
- Apply the 3D lacquer by squeezing a small amount at a time over the front of the plastic piece also covering all the glued items.
- Sprinkle a small amount of glitter onto the wet 3D lacquer. Let dry completely.
- Using the needle nose pliers attach a jump ring to each plastic piece. Then attach the jump ring to the chain necklace.
- Place glass beads onto eye pin. Close eye pin with needle nose pliers. Attach a jump ring to each eye pin, then attach to chain. Tie pieces of ribbon onto the chain.
For a comprehensive video tutorial, check out How to a Make Water Bottle Seashell Necklace.