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For the 4th of July weekend, my family went on a camping trip to Ft. Flagler State Park near Pt. Townsend in Washington State. This is located on an old military base overlooking Puget Sound. There are gorgeous views of both the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. It features some great walking trails, a beautiful sandy shoreline and you can even explore the old bunkers!

We were lucky to have some amazing warm weather during our trip and my daughter and I spent one of our days lying on the beach, playing in the waves and digging for treasures in the sand.  We collected pretty shells and rocks and I even scooped up some sand with a future project in mind. As soon as we got back home, I started to sketch out a couple of ideas.


Seed beads are on sale this week, including our great selection of vintage, so I decided to grab a couple of mixes in the colors I had in mind.  In addition to my seed beads, I also got an assortment of wood and bone beads, as well as some waxed linen cord.  I wanted to use natural materials since I feel it really captures the mood of the necklace. (Product List HERE)

To make sure all of my little shells stayed intact during their trip from the beach to my home, I had used an empty water bottle and filled it with sand and all of my treasures.  I dumped out all of the goods onto a paper plate and let it dry for several days before filling my little glass bottle.  If your sand and shells are not fully dry, it can create condensation on the inside of your bottle.  My bottle contains a little bit of sand, some sea glass, a couple of tiny mollusk shells, a limpet shell, a muscle shell, some tiny stones and a crab claw!


I used 6 4 foot lengths of waxed linen to construct the necklace.  The cord was knotted on either side of the bottle to hold it in place.  Then, using a variety of macrame and knotting techniques, I added my beads.  I haven’t done much work with waxed linen until recently, but it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.  Its stiff yet flexible. You don’t need a needle.  It comes in a bunch of different colors and sizes and it’s quite affordable!

It’s not shown in the pictures, but I used an S-clasp closure on the necklace. It’s fairly long (30+ inches) so a clasp is not really necessary although it is a little prettier than just tying a knot.  My daughter, who is 7 is now begging me to make one for her!  We certainly have enough little shells in our collection and its a great memento from our day at the beach!


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6 thoughts on “Beach in a Bottle Necklace

  • July 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    This is lovely! My son loves to collect bits and pieces from the beach and loves hemp/twine necklaces.

    • July 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I love projects that get the kids involved.

    • July 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm


  • July 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Where did you get the little bottle?

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