Introduction: I Love You Because... Message in a Bottle Key Ring

Here it is - the handmade gift personalized by you for the special guy in your life! Of course, this would make a great women's necklace as well, but you know how hard those guys are to shop for! This is another fabulous Tutorial Exchange project with a glass vial provided by the sweetest Angie of Supply Pusher!

Original tutorial and many more at Shrimp Salad Circus.

Step 1: Materials

  • glass vial with top (provided by Supply Pusher)
  • brass disc with hole
  • two jump rings
  • key ring
  • 2 slips of paper cut to the height of the vial
  • black permanent marker
  • nice pen
  • metal letter stamps (provided by Evie's Tool Emporium)
  • steel bench block
  • hammer
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper

Step 2: Stamp the Disc

Position your first letter stamp on your starting point on your brass disc atop your bench block. Firmly hit the top of the stamp two to three times with your hammer. I've been informed by a very reputable source that it is better for the lifespan of the stamps if you use a heavy rubber mallet. Continue adding your letters around the circumference of the disc. I ran out of room so resorted to 'b/c' instead of 'because,' but it's my first stamped project, so so be it!

Step 3: 'Patina' the Letters

You could use a chemical oxidizing agent here, but it's much simpler and more accessible to just color in your letters with a black permanent maker. After you've thoroughly filled each letter in, use steel wool or a fine grit sanding sponge to sand off all the marker on the disc. Because they are recessed, the letters will remain darker, and now you also have a nice, industrial look to the disc!

Step 4: Write the Message

Write the same little love note, poem, or whatever comes to mind on each strip of paper. I used a pretty handmade paper since it will be the focal point of the whole piece.

Step 5: Put Message in Bottle

Roll one of your notes up as tightly as possible and then drop it into the glass vial.

Step 6: Seal It Tight

Apply a thin layer of E-6000 around the inside of the vial's cap. Apply the cap and then firmly squeeze it into place for several minute. I blasted it with a hair dryer on high for a few minutes to speed the process along.

Step 7: Jump Rings

Thread a jump ring through the disc and another through the hole in the vial's cap and then close the rings.

Step 8: Key Ring

Thread both jump rings onto the key ring. The key ring itself is now complete, but we can't forget the packaging!

Step 9: Revealing the Message

Put your creation in a little kraft paper box, and wrap the second note around it like a ribbon. Tape the note in place on the bottom of the box. You can then tie a piece of twine or yarn around the whole thing for an elegant but still masculine look.

Step 10:

There you have it - a great gift for that special guy. It's sweet and sentimental enough for him to treasure it but not so mushy as to keep him from using it! Although you do have to make the initial investment in the stamps, you can use them for a plethora of creative projects, so it's well worth it!!!


LuisGaudencio made it!(author)2014-07-22

Did this as a gifs for a special ocasion... Took me a lot of work to make it right, specially the little chip there, that I couldn't find as thin, so I actually manufactured it, so it got a little bit bigger and heavier... She loved it though!! :)

CrystalB01 made it!(author)2014-03-18


peterjacob made it!(author)2009-12-01

wow, thats so sweet. i wish someone would send me one of those! :)
but that wil never happen..

im so lonely..

joshabgvghn made it!(author)2014-02-08

Oh, Send me your address and "You Shall Receive One" I say!

tori1012 made it!(author)2010-11-26

aw dont say that about yourself. everyone is beautiful or handsom in some way.

Kaiven made it!(author)2009-12-10

Yeah. I know what you mean :(

deadpan46 made it!(author)2012-04-03

brilliant! i love it =)

AssistantToTheRegionalManager made it!(author)2011-11-21

You could also sand off the face of a coin suchas a quarter or a nickel and add your message. Maybe leave one face with her birthyear on it. Risk defacing money for brownie points with you girl? Truly an age old moral question...

koby_elian made it!(author)2011-09-28

Where can you get a brass disc? Anyway, this is so amazing!

eyang made it!(author)2010-12-02

simple but romantic,i like it!

dgytik made it!(author)2010-03-11

What size are the metal letter stamps?

timothymh made it!(author)2010-11-22

(I just copied from a reply she wrote)

"They are 1.5mm, and I got them from Evie's Tool Emporium on Etsy. "

gschoppe made it!(author)2009-12-29

Thank you for the Great Idea, I have a friend who's going through some tough times, and this made the perfect gift for her... Pictures:

Keep up the great work!

ShrimpSaladCircus made it!(author)2010-01-08

That's gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing pictures!!!

gschoppe made it!(author)2010-07-20

so I bought 6 vials when I ordered, thinking that eventually they would have a home, and until yesterday, I had 5 remaining.

but a last minute necessity for a birthday gift required invention, so I now have only 4 left:

I know this isn't exactly what the instructable used them for, but I thought the similarity validated the comment.

Once again, thank you for introducing me to these little charms

polevaulter33 made it!(author)2010-07-12

for a girl gift this would also make an excellent necklace!

wmcraver made it!(author)2009-11-24

 Is there a specific website where you can find varieties of discs?  Brass, silver...  I've been looking and cannot find a decent website.

crowsfolly made it!(author)2010-06-14 has lots of suppliers that provide copper, brass and aluminum discs for this purpose..most are very affordable. Look under "supplies" once you are on the front page.

Future+filmaker made it!(author)2009-11-26

My thinking is to buy a brass disk and then spray paint it flat black, then your new color, like silver, after punching in your message, not certain if that would work, but its worth a try...

mdeblasi1 made it!(author)2009-11-27

There is a product called Black Max that Reo Grande sells that will turn brass and copper a velvety black.  There is also Liver of sulfur ( which smells just like it sounds it would) that will put an iridescent black patina on silver, copper and brass.

Short+One made it!(author)2010-06-08

I love this idea! I just wish I could find a place in town to buy them instead of buying them online and having to pay icky shipping prices. Speaking of ordering online, this website has vials with screw cap and cork stoppers. Check it out!

PMSandaGun made it!(author)2010-05-27

So sweet...I'm a girl and I want one! Think I'll do this for my son's dad for Father's day...Though he didn't bother himself with anything for Mother's Day. But I digress, lol 

geoper2 made it!(author)2010-04-22

i have the same question what size are the metal letters that you have ?

ShrimpSaladCircus made it!(author)2010-04-26

They are 1.5mm, and I got them from Evie's Tool Emporium on Etsy.

geoper2 made it!(author)2010-04-26

ok nice ! thanks for the reply

chickababie23 made it!(author)2009-12-15

did you glue the top onto the glass vial? how does it open???

paperclip32 made it!(author)2010-03-08

 it's not supposed to.It's more of a accessory.You could not glue it if you wanted the guy to see it though. 

bowmaster made it!(author)2010-02-11

Wait, how are you supposed to get the message out of the vial?

Singingwolf made it!(author)2010-03-07

You aren't.  That's why you use the second copy of the message as the "ribbon" on the box.

bowmaster made it!(author)2010-03-07

Oh! I see!

lindsayspears made it!(author)2009-12-17

does anyone have any idea where to get those discs? I cant find them. :(

Miscelinious made it!(author)2010-01-07

an easy place to find some (possibly unusable) disks is at a construction site where electricians punch out panel boxes (the punchouts are crude aluminum quarter sized disks).

Miscelinious made it!(author)2010-01-07

i suppose if you were very desperate for a metal disk, you could get an aluminum(?) disk off of a construction site.

electricians have panel boxes that require disks of about a quarter size to be punched out in order to run wire through inside and outside of the panel box.

the punchouts are a bit crude, so it would have to be sanded, or smoothed, but these disks are very common and could possibly be used after you drill a hole.

WhiteTigerTails made it!(author)2010-01-04

If you go to, You can find small, screw-top vials like this, intended for liquid.

gschoppe made it!(author)2010-01-05

are you certain those are screw top?  They appear to be the same exact model of phial:

mary+eight made it!(author)2009-12-28

 Nice idea!

Dreistein made it!(author)2009-12-24

 girls are harsh creatures

Warlrosity made it!(author)2009-11-29

That is so ironic

blackbanner made it!(author)2009-12-07


Warlrosity made it!(author)2009-12-21


blackbanner made it!(author)2009-12-21

What's ironic?

ShrimpSaladCircus made it!(author)2009-12-20

You have to glue the caps on these because they do not have a screw top. I think it also kind of adds to the intrigue and sentiment of the piece.

heymissmurder13 made it!(author)2009-12-20

why seal it?

darkclaw42 made it!(author)2009-12-20

 So it doesn't screw open accidentally, and all that's in it is a piece of paper that says "I Love you Because.." Not much to look at. If you wanted to add more, you probably wouldn't have to seal it. More of a 'jewelry' item.

darkclaw42 made it!(author)2009-12-20

 What a amazing idea! A "Love in a Bottle" kinda concept. Very cool!
Definitely going to do this for christmas, close one's beware. 

Dreistein made it!(author)2009-12-14

i wish a girl would give one to me :(

youknowwhoiam made it!(author)2009-12-20

 who wouldn't. (single on christmas)

lindsayspears made it!(author)2009-12-17

yadanabeads on has nice discs.

l.brit made it!(author)2009-12-03

Unscrewable caps!

eskape_velocity made it!(author)2009-11-30

Nicely done! I just noticed that your link to your blog is missing an "i". It points to shrmpsaladcircus. Figured I'd let you know. Going to check out the rest of your stuff now.

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