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.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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


You can use vegetable oil too, it's looking nice...
Very nice :) >^.^<
Thank You!
So I just found the perfect housewarming gift for my brother and his girlfriend, they are decorating the bathroom in a shell theme.
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.
Soooo cool! And very island-ish :)
Thank you!
Your Welcome! =D
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.
That could work with plastic bottles (please see intro), but I used glass bottles.
so they never do read the message?<br>

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