Christmas in a bottle – A Subtle Revelry

Christmas in a bottle

Happy Monday, I believe I’ve finally recovered from the craze of last week. Today I want to share the last project from our holiday at the beach. We filled mason jars with many cute little holiday treasures, wrote a sweet note on a star, tied them up and sent them off into the ocean. We stood with feet in the waves casting out our jars of Christmas joy.

With hopes that they would be found by someone in need of a little holiday cheer.

This would be an amazing project to create and bring around to neighborhood friends, or to leave in public places for a lucky passerby to find. You could even make an adult version to pass out at the office, or send in a package to someone far away. Whichever way you send it, receiving Christmas in a bottle would be an incredibly sweet way to welcome in the season!

Photography credits to Carly Taylor

PS. See the rest of the holiday at the beach photos.



  1. This is so darling… I love that you’re creating truly *JOYFUL* memories for your family!!

  2. Jenna

    15 November

    I LOVE this idea, so fun!

  3. what a lovely idea!!!

  4. Natasha

    15 November

    How adorable is this idea?! This is what the holidays are all about. Love it!

  5. Nina Designs

    15 November

    It’s such a great idea! I’d love to find that somewhere!!!

  6. Julie

    15 November

    I would love to find one of these! So glad the holidays are here!

  7. domestikate

    15 November

    Oh what a lovely idea! They would be a perfect replacement for Christmas cards x

  8. Lena

    15 November

    How magical! And I agree with Kate-perfect alternative to a holiday card!

  9. Chelsea

    15 November

    What a wonderful, sweet idea. I am definitely adding this one to my “to do” list!

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  11. Cecilia

    16 November


  12. belinda

    16 November

    so, so, so sweet! I love messages in bottles and this is adorable. How much fun to be the one to find it! x

  13. KM

    20 November

    So fantastic!!!! Love love love!

  14. Abby

    22 November

    what a great idea!! Such fun!!

  15. Deanna

    2 December

    My husband and I are starting to plan for our Christmas-on-a-budget. These are a great addition to my DIY gift list! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. One: this is the cutest thing EVER. And I totally plan on trying to do this with friends. What wonderful holiday fun! That first photo is too cute.

    Two: I totally loved it so much that I featured it on my blog ( Which probably isn’t terribly exciting for you, but I figured I’d share anyway.

  18. Anna @ IHOD

    15 December

    Absolutely adorable Vicki. I love anything that comes in a jar! Giving my neighbors hot cocoa mix + peppermints in a jar:)

  19. Pattie

    16 December

    This is such a cute idea! And leaving them for others to find is just icing added :)

  20. Antje

    16 December

    your beautiful idea touched me this morning – I had to swallow really hard. Just wonderful!

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  22. Hana

    14 November

    Ummm… ok, I thought this one was right up my alley when I saw mason jars filled with tiny festive goodies… and then, I scrolled down the page and saw that you sent them out into the ocean, filled with good wishes… and my heart leaped – what a fantastic way to pass on some holiday cheer! I’ll definitely be trying this one in some form or another this Christmas! H xo

  23. Leigh-Anne

    12 October

    wait… I’m confused, you put GLASS jars into the water? … although the sentiment is wonderful, what if that bottle goes out with the tide a bit, the waves bring it back in and it smashed against a rock… or even if it makes it to another area it smashes on arrival… someone is going to get cut by all that broken glass… maybe clear plastic bottles is a better idea?

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