How to Make a Glass Vial Necklace

August 28, 2014

There is no denying that little glass bottle necklaces are adorable, and as keepsake jewelry they are easily adaptable for a multitude of themes. Whether you want to make the featured “Beachcomber” Vial Necklace, or a variation–this style of jewelry is easy to make. You might also consider filling your little bottle with dried flower petals, dandelion wishes, a lock of baby hair, a printed parchment scroll, tiny photos, sea shells, moss, feathers, ashes, or the other seemingly endless possibilities.

Necessary supplies for making a glitter and crystal filled vial necklace from

Step 1: Gather your supplies needed to make the Beachcomber Vial Necklace.

You will need the following supplies:

1 each 8mm round jump ring (I used item #37-167-1: 8mm round, white-plated jump ring)

3 each 3.2mm rondelle spacer beads (I used item #26-155-32-1: 3.2mm white-plated rondelle spacer bead)

1 each 2″standard head pin (I used item #37-422-1: 2″ white-plated standard head pin)

1 each clear glass bottle (I used item #30-187-3515: 32x15mm clear glass bottle)

1 each 12mm faceted rondelle crystal bead

1 each ball chain clasp (I used item #40-801-1: 2.4mm white-plated ball chain clasp)

24 inches ball chain (I used item #40-889-1: 1.8mm white-plated ball chain)

And Treasures to fill your vial:

18 each Swarovski Bicone Bead Mixes & Crystal Jams™ (I used #05-328-04-904: Just Give Me a Reason)

1 each 17x7mm white-plated key charm

Glitter (I used Tim Holtz Distressed Glitter “Clear Rock Candy“)

You will need the following tools:


rubber block

4 piece tool kit

mini spoon / tiny glitter scoop

Use an awl to make a centered hole running top to botton through the cork stopper on

Step 2: Remove the cork stopper from the vial; use the awl to make a centered hole running from the top of the cork through to the bottom.

How to make a decorative beaded cork and vial necklace from

Step 3: To make the beaded cork stopper, string the following parts onto a 2″ head pin: a white-plated rondelle spacer bead, the cork, a faceted glass bead, and a bicone crystal bead.

Finish the beaded cork stopper with a wire-wrapped loop; how to make a vial necklace from

Step 4: Finish the beaded cork stopper with a wire-wrapped loop. Follow the instructions for making wire-wrapped loops in Rings & Things “Jewelry Basics 101″.

Add an adorned jump ring to hang your vial necklace. Tutorial from

Step 5: Add a jump ring to the top loop of the beaded cork stopper. Adorn the jump ring by adding two white-plated rondelle spacer beads prior to closing it. Follow the instructions for opening and closing jump rings in Rings & Things “Jewelry Basics 101″.

Fill your vial necklace with beads, crystals, and charms. DIY instructions to make a vial necklace at

Step 6: Fill the vial with your combination of beads, crystals, and charms (or other tiny treasures). When selecting items to go in the vial, keep in mind the neck of the vial has a diameter of approximately 7mm.

DIY Vial necklace tutorial from Add Tim Holtz Distressed Glitter to your vial necklace.

Step 7: Add glitter to the vial. Rings & Things’ tiny spoon charm #44-639-0 makes a perfect scoop! Once your vial is filled, add the beaded cork stopper to the vial.

Finish your beaded vial necklace with ball chain. Easy jewelry-making instructions from Rings & Things.

Step 8: Finish your necklace with chain. Measure and cut the ball chain to your desired length. Add the ball chain clasp to one end of the chain and string on the vial pendant. Connect the open end of the ball chain to the clasp. Enjoy!

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  • Jeannine Morelli-Cary February 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I love your creativity. This is the nicest necklace bottle I have seen.

  • Karen Dawn June 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for the tutorial and assembly tips.
    I am addicted to tiny bottles containing tiny treasures, but here’s a dilemma that others have surely encountered.
    Too often, those little (microscopic!) corks are damaged when you get the vials; or get damaged somewhere along the way; or get lost; or eaten by the dog or the kids; or simply crumble and disintegrate (especially the real cork ones) before your eyes mid-project. 🙁
    IN ADDITION, putting a hole (Step 2) in the natural ones (less so with the rubber ones) also contributes to their demise.
    So…Have you ever tried to buy replacement microscopic corks??? (Let me know how that worked out for you and where the heck you found them!)
    Can you offer any suggestions on how to obtain TINY replacement corks (EITHER natural or rubber) ‘cause those suckers are impossible to find!
    OR—have you considered offering them here at RNT?
    (Here’s my order…)
    Hope you can make sense out of this “it’s A.M. and I haven’t had my coffee” message.
    (And thanks in advance 🙂 )