DIY "I Spy Bottle"- Homemade Christmas Gift
Looking for a simple and fun gift for a preschool-age child? This “I Spy Bottle” is easy to assemble and is made with items that you probably already have in your craft cupboard. As a bonus, let your school-age child help you assemble it!
Materials Needed:
Empty, completely dry plastic water bottle
Dry rice
Craft supplies and trinkets that will fit in the opening of the bottle. I used pom-poms, letter beads, buttons and sports erasers–all bought on clearance throughout the year.
Hot glue gun
Scrap fabric
Velcro tabs
1. Fill your water bottle half full of rice. I didn’t have a funnel, which would have been helpful, so I just cut a corner of the bag of rice and Will helped me pour it in! {I forgot to take a picture of this part.}
2. Before you put your trinkets into the bottle {ahem}, arrange them on a piece of construction paper and take a picture of them.
3. Add your chosen items to the bottle and add more rice until the bottle is about three-quarters full. Let your child shake the bottle to mix everything together.

4. Hot-glue or super glue your cap back on the bottle. Hot glue a square piece of fabric on the cap and then tie a fun ribbon around it! Gluing will hopefully keep the very persistent child from opening it and dumping out the contents.

5. Print out your “trinket photo” from step two on to a piece of cardstock and laminate. Attach the photo card to the bottle with sticky velcro tabs. This is simply to keep it from getting lost. Tuck it into a cute bag and check another gift off your list!

Check out my other homemade gift ideas: hot cocoa and pumpkin pie spice sugar scrub!

*As with anything with small parts, please be careful around the young ones! I saw an idea like this on I Can Teach My Child and changed it up based on what I had on hand.

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3 Comments on Homemade Christmas Gift: I Spy Bottle

  1. Thanks for leaving me a comment! I’m so glad you can enjoy these as much as we have. That’s a good idea, to use them during times of waiting for the doctor, etc.

  2. I love this idea! A great busy toy for car rides, waiting in lobbies, etc. I am looking forward to making these! Thanks so much for sharing this idea.
    Andrea @

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