Friday, August 22, 2014

A Special Rainy Day 'Momento' ~ My Newest Tutorial ..

Hello my dear friends,
today I am sharing my newest tutorial with all of you lovely blogger. It took me a little longer to put it together but it is finally done and I hope you will enjoy it!

Of course you will never really know if it might rain on a special day or not but if it does this is something so neat to keep in mind that you could create. No worries, it is quite easy and doesn't require too many fancy supplies.
You will need the main thing ...

... your rainwater.

(I had stored my water in an empty bottle until I was ready to make this creation.
 Please note, before using your rainwater I advise you to boil and filter it using a coffee filter to ensure it is very clean and without any nasty tiny bits and let it cool fully before using it.)

Once you have that, you will also need the following ...

~ A small glass bottle with a stopper ( I prefer the stopper to be glass too)
~ Seam binding in a shade of white ( or in the color of your choice)
~ Silicon sealant (I used kitchen and bathroom sealant)
~ Glue (E6000 and Fabri-Tac)
~ Card for the tag
~ Funnel
~  Ruler
~ Pencil
~ Eraser
~ Scissors
~  Fine black marker
~ Lovely little things to embellish the tag or bottle (if you wish to do so)
~ Paper punches and hole punch

And now let's start ..

You can use crinkled seam binding or as is off the roll. I used the crinkled seam binding for mine. If you want to crinkle yours, you will find my tutorial here ...

Whilst waiting for it to dry you can move on to working on the next step of this creation.

First make sure to wash your glass bottle thoroughly before you pour your rainwater into it and let it dry fully.

Using a funnel carefully pour your rainwater into the bottle. Try not to get the inside of the  bottle neck wet and place aside.

Now apply the a thin line of silicone sealant around the middle of the glass stopper but do not place into the bottle just yet.

Using E6000 dab a few drops of it above the silicon sealant. Make sure you don't use too little or too much, a medium amount is just right and ...

... now insert the stopper into the bottle carefully and press down but not too harshly and again place aside until the sealant and glue is dry. Once dry turn the bottle upside down and around to see if it is sealed completely. If not using a toothpick add a little more sealant by using a toothpick and add all around the bottle neck.

For your tag measure and draw the size of your tag on your card and ...

... cut it out and make sure you erase any pencil lines.
I made my tag 2 3/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches.

Now you can ~ if you wish ~ embellish your tag.

I used a corner punch that was used for my daughters wedding and ... 

... also I used a hole punch to punch a hole for the ribbon.

The next step is to write your message on your tag with the fine marker.
You could write the date or name or a lovely little quote, it depends what you like the most.

Now take a piece of seam binding approx.16 inches long and fold it in half and feed the loop through the hole in your tag and then the ends through the loop and pull taught.

After that tie a knot so that it is close to the tag.
This will make your tag able to hang better instead of  'standing off ' the jar.


Next tie your tag around the bottle neck so that it close to the where the tag is.

Now cut a length of seam binding long enough for it to go around your hand twice leaving a little tail either side. My sweet friend Dawn from 'The Feathered Nest' has a great tutorial on how to make a really lovely bow and you will find the link on how to here ...

Instead of cutting an extra piece of seam binding to tie and hold the bow together, use the two end that were used to tie the tag to the bottle and secure your bow with them and at the same time you are attaching your bow to the jar.( I hope this makes sense?!)

And to finish the tag off, you can now embellish it with some lovely little things if you wish to do so. I used a little old crochet pansy and a vintage rhinestone to add that special little touch.

Your bottle is now completed!

I also created a lovely box to place the bottle in using a wooden cigar box with a sliding lid to hold the bottle.

This is what you need for this project ...

~ A cigar box with sliding lid
~ Small piece of sandpaper
~ Gesso
~  Paintbrush
~ A piece of the same card used for your tag for the label
~ Fine black marker
~ Fabri-Tac glue
~ Scissors
~ Pencil
~ Eraser
~ strong double sided tape (not shown in the photo)
~ Little bits and pieces to embellish your box (if you wish)
~ Seam binding
( I am showing a lot of seam binding I ended not using more than about 3 inches of it)
~ White tissue paper (not in photo)

(I made this tutorial over two days and for some reason I forgot to place items that were needed not into photos I took. Must have been a 'dizzy' day of mine. I just hope I haven't forgotten anything else.)

And this is how you do it ...

Clean the box from any stickers and ...

... then painted with roughly with Gesso.

Once thoroughly dry, sand the edges.

Measure and cut a label for the lid from the same card that you used for the tag. The size depends on how you would like it to look. I made mine slightly smaller that the lid. Don't forget to erase any pencil marks.

You can now write a message on the label.

To give the label a special look I used the same punch as I did with the tag for the bottle.

... and then using your double sided tape to glue it to the lid of the box.

You can embellish your box with a few vintage lace pieces and another piece of sparkle. The small 'doily' is a section cut from a larger one.

For the inside of the box, take your tissue paper and fold the first piece to fit the bottom of the box and place inside. Do this once of twice more to build the 'bedding' for the bottle.

Take one more piece of tissue paper and fold it so that it is larger than the bottle, place the bottle in the center and hold it. Then fold the paper to the size of the box, folding the paper towards the back,  so that the bottle can rest safely inside it.

Now place it together into the box and replace the lid.

Now you are all ready to gift someone with this special creation!

 Maybe you will be able to use this tutorial on day and I hope you will have fun creating with it.
I as always, have loved creating this how-to for you! I work very hard to make my tutorials well so that they are understandable and for any one to use but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Sorry, missing the point of using rainwater here, why not tap water?

  2. Hi Sandie's Patch,
    if you read my post from August 13th "A Special Wedding Gift" you will understand that this creation/tutorial is all about rainwater and why tap water would be so wrong.
    Wishing you a nice weekend,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  3. Wonderful tutorial! As I said before, how I wish I had this when our #1 son got married. Thanks also for the link to your tute on the seam binding - I will definitely be trying that out.

  4. You do realize that this water will eventually dry up right? It will only last so long even sealed.... But it is a wonderful idea and beautiful for as long as it lasts...Hugs! deb

  5. A beautiful gesture of love, Karen, I adore this idea. Rain is so rare here in Phoenix, AZ...I must do this just for our home. I love your tutorials.

  6. What a beautiful idea Karen, I'm filing this one in my memory bank!

  7. Such a nice tutorial! You have done very well and so much photos!
    Thanks for sharing with us, Karen.

    Hugs Ines♥

  8. This was such a sweet and wonderful gift. Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. You had me intrigued when you mentioned the gift previously. What a wonderful gift! Love ya' Patricia B