Looking for a simple project that has a lot of meaning? These sentimental filled vials are so simple to put together, even a “non-crafter” can whip up a vial necklace in 15 minutes or less.
Two of the most amazing days of my life were the days my sons were born. Recently, I was going through family paperwork and came across their birth certificates. These aren’t papers I would normally frame, or post in the house… but they are beautiful mementos of two very beautiful days that changed our lives together.
Memory Vial Necklace Supplies:
- Darice Signed, Sealed, & Remembered Vial Charms
- Signed, Sealed, & Remembered Bead Ready Necklace
- Documents you want to put in the vials
- Photo editing software and a printer, or access to a copier with the ability to reduce the size
- Round Nose Pliers
- Jump Rings
I started by scanning in the Birth Certificates. You can use whatever documents you want – Marriage License, Birth Announcement, Wedding Invitation, Certificate of Adoption… all of these would be great for filling the vials.
Adjust the documents so they are about 7/8ths of an inch wide. I did this in photo editing software, you can use a copy machine that shrinks down the size of the documents.
Put the top on, and use the round nose pliers to add a loop to the top. This will hold the capsule closed, keeping the document inside. These capsules are NOT waterproof. If you want them to be waterproof, you will need to add some kind of epoxy or resin on the ends to seal them. Since the ribbon necklace I’m using isn’t one that I’d wear in the pool or in the shower, I didn’t worry about waterproofing my necklace.
If you wanted you could add beads to the bottom of each vial, attaching on the bottom loop. A colored bead representing a birthstone, or a bead with an initial would be a fun addition. Or you could just leave the vial necklace this way, nice and simple.
These vials would make a great birthday gift, Mother’s Day present, or Christmas gift, and are very easy to put together!
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Carolina has been crafting her whole life. She started cutting and gluing as soon as her fingers could manage the scissors and paste, and started sewing when she was 6. There are few crafts she hasn’t tried her hand at, and is always excited to play with new tools and techniques. Carolina loves coming up with original ideas, and then letting her hands create what her mind comes up with… and is always thrilled when the real thing looks better than she’s imagined!