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How to Make a Tiny Photo in a Bottle

In my house, photos are everything. I am a very nostalgic person and pictures of the friends and family I love most, the cool places I’ve been, and the awesome opportunities I’ve had are paramount in my decor schemes all throughout the house. I’m sure it’ll make total sense to you, then, that I’m always trying to come up with new DIY ways to display my favourite photos around the house. Recently, I found adorable little glass bottles with cork lids in my local dollar store, in the crafting aisle, and I was struck by a great idea that, once I’d tried it out, I was very happy with indeed in the end.

How to make a tiny photo in a bottle

Take a look at these written steps to learn more about how I made this tiny photo in a bottle! If you’re the kind of person who learns better by watching someone physically do something, scroll to the bottom of this post and check out the full video tutorial there!

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Miniatures bottle
  • Mini photo
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Glitter

How to make a tiny photo in a bottle materials

Step 1:

Print a very small version of the photo you want to put in your bottle. Use the top rim of your bottle to trace a circle around the main portion you want to display (for example, I chose a family member’s face from an old portrait) and carefully cut your little circle out. Flip it over and write a nice, tiny message on the back! I used a red, fine tipped felt pen to write “I love u”, replacing the word “love” with a simple heart to save space and add character.

How to make a tiny photo in a bottle stencil

Step 2:

Thread your needle, giving yourself several inches of thread to work with. Pick up the cork lid of your little glass bottle and find the centre. Push your needle right through the middle from the top of the lid down through the bottom.

How to make a tiny photo in a bottle step 2

How to make a tiny photo in a bottle corl

Step 3:

Pull your needle all the way through the lid so only the thread lies through the hole. Don’t pull it too far through; leave yourself thread to work with on either side. Find a spot in the very top of your little circular picture where you can subtly put the needle through and thread the photo onto your thread without really interrupting the image. Carefully make a single stitch through the top of the picture, pulling your needle all the way through. Leave a bit of length between the photo and the lid so the picture dangles.