1.- Find a bottle. It can be plastic or glass. If you’d like to make it look like a real message in a bottle, use a beer or wine bottle. Green is the most common colour for the bottles, but you can get creative and use any colour you’d like.
2.- Wash the bottle out. Fill the bottle with warm water. Squeeze in some dish soap, and cover the bottle with your hand. Proceed with shaking the bottle up and down until it is full of suds. Roll a piece of towel into a rod, and stick it in. Try to absorb as much water as possible. Once you’ve finished, stick it upside down in the strainer, so the excess can pour out overnight.
3.- Write your message. This is good to do while the bottle is drying. Feel free to write what you want, I´ll be glad to read it. Please indicate your name, address and email on the message.
4.- Roll up your message. Roll it as tightly as possible, and put a piece of tape to keep it from unravelling. Drop it in your bottle once it’s dry, and make sure it fits completely in the bottle. Write your name and country on the outside of the bottle in permanent marker such as: “ANA PARKER – SPAIN”. Make sure it’s big enough for someone to read.
5.- Put the bottle in a box. This will prevent breakage or use your imagination with other methods.
6- Drop it in the postal office.
7.- Wait. This is the hardest part. Many people will expect a letter on their first day; don’t do this. It could take a few months to receive a reply. The bottle and the message will be published on this blog, making reference to the author.