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Water Bottle Necklace

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.

Water Bottle Necklace


  • Plastic water bottle
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • 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
  • Glitter
  • 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


  1. Using a craft knife, carefully cut off the top and the bottom of the plastic water bottle.

    Water Bottle Necklace
  2. With a fine line marker, draw free-form shape onto the plastic. Cut with scissors. You will need 9 pieces for the necklace.

    Water Bottle Necklace
  3. Using the paper punch, punch hole at the top edge of each of the plastic pieces.

    Water Bottle Necklace
  4. 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.

    Water Bottle Necklace
  5. Glue the shells onto the painted plastic pieces. Add a few micro beads, bugle beads and pearls around the shells.

    Water Bottle Necklace
  6. 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.

    Water Bottle Necklace
  7. Sprinkle a small amount of glitter onto the wet 3D lacquer. Let dry completely.

    Water Bottle Necklace
  8. Using the needle nose pliers attach a jump ring to each plastic piece. Then attach the jump ring to the chain necklace.

    Water Bottle Necklace
  9. 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.

    Water Bottle Necklace

For a comprehensive video tutorial, check out How to a Make Water Bottle Seashell Necklace.

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