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Give someone you love a message in a bottle to show how much you care this Valentine's Day; or anyday really. 

I remember making "wave machines" in plastic bottles when I was younger.
You could say this is a more romantic version.
It's fairly easy to make. The hardest part is finding the tiny bottles.

I used glass bottles but you could use plastic, which can really float. If the small bottle can float you could skip the string step. Just make sure to weight the small bottle with enough sand to float at the right level.

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Step 1: Gather Materials

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2 bottles
- 1 small enough to fit inside the other; labels removed, washed and dried. (I used a small sample of Tabasco for the small and a sea salt bottle for the large.)
Baby oil - enough for 2/3 of your large size bottle
Small amount of sand - to go inside your small bottle
Water - enough for 1/3 of your large bottle
Blue food coloring - or whatever color you want
Glue - appropriate for glass or your materials
Nylon craft string
Spouted Measuring Cup or pitcher

Small paper and pen



Step 2: Prep the Small Bottle

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Put a small amount of sand into the tiny bottle.
Write a small love note and roll it so it fits through the neck.
Glue the cap on.
Tie some nylon string around the bottle neck, but do not cut it from the spool yet.
Place a little more glue around the neck to secure the string.
Set it aside to dry completely.

Step 3: Prep the Large Bottle

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Fill a spouted measuring cup with water.
Add food coloring until you reach your desired color.
Pour and fill about 1/3 of your large bottle.
Georgemk3 years ago
You can use vegetable oil too, it's looking nice...
MicioGatta3 years ago
Very nice :) >^.^<
jojo6920123 years ago
skeinywoman (author)  jojo6920123 years ago
Thank You!
amandaggogo3 years ago
So I just found the perfect housewarming gift for my brother and his girlfriend, they are decorating the bathroom in a shell theme.
marccase3 years ago
You could also try adding a drop of bleach to the water to keep algae from growing inside it and allowing it to last longer.
ashbegash3 years ago
Soooo cool! And very island-ish :)
skeinywoman (author)  ashbegash3 years ago
Thank you!
Your Welcome! =D
buteomont3 years ago
Nice instructable! I wonder if you could adjust the amount of sand in the small bottle to make it float between the oil and water without having to tie it.
skeinywoman (author)  buteomont3 years ago
That could work with plastic bottles (please see intro), but I used glass bottles.
Pfarmkid3 years ago
so they never do read the message?