DIY Gifts: Message in a bottle for your husband

DIY Gifts: Message in a bottle for your husband

If your husband enjoys a cup of coffee and a yummy biscuit on a lazy Sunday morning while listening to some of his favourite tunes, these biscuits will be extra special. Print the lyrics and song names from some of his favourite songs onto the biscuits and decorate the jar and label with pictures from the CD covers.

Even the kids will recognise the music so it will be a gift to enjoy together (if he could be persuaded to share!).

You will need

  • butter biscuits (see recipe below)
  • large glass jar
  • colour prints or pictures of favourite CDs
  • modge podge
  • washi tape in a musical notes design
  • plastic lanyard pouch
  • lanyard cord with metal clip

Butter biscuits
Makes: about 30
Preparation time: 2 hours, plus refrigeration time
Baking time: 6-10 minutes
Oven temperature: 170 degrees Celsius


  • 240g (260ml) butter, softened
  • 140g (160ml) castor sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 10ml vanilla essence (or 5ml almond essence)
  • 360g (660ml) cake flour
  • cookie cutters
  • Letterpress cookie set (or craft letter stamps)
  • dark chocolate, optional

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  1. Beat butter and castor sugar together until light. Beat in the egg yolks and essence.
  2. Stir in the flour to form a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Remove from the fridge and leave to soften slightly. Roll the dough out thinly between two sheets of baking paper or clingwrap. Dust with a little flour to prevent sticking. Use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes.
  4. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the biscuits on the paper. Use the Letterpress set to print words onto the biscuits.
    Refrigerate for an hour, then bake in a preheated oven for 6-10 minutes until golden at the edges.
  5. Cool on wire racks. Stick two similar shapes together with melted chocolate, if you prefer.

If you don’t have a Letterpress kit, use a paper piping bag and royal icing and decorate the biscuits with words or patterns. message-in-bottle

Find pictures of your favourite CDs on the internet and print them onto white paper using a colour printer. Trim them to fit the lid of the glass jar. Brush the lid with modge podge. Stick the pictures down and brush modge podge over the pictures.

Leave to dry completely, then paint another layer of modge podge over the lid. Once it has dried properly, stick washi tape around the rim of the lid to give it a neat finish.

Gift tag
For the label, choose an element of a favourite CD cover on the internet and print it onto white paper (e.g. a piano).
Use Letterpress to spell out the gift recipient’s name. Brush a little water-soluble craft paint onto the Letterpress name and press onto the picture you have chosen. Stick the picture onto a rectangular piece of cardboard and cut it out to form a gift tag. Once it has dried properly, put it into a plastic lanyard pouch and attach to a lanyard cord. Tie the cord around the neck of the jar.

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