Make Your Own “I Spy” Bottles


Here is a fun DIY you can make for your kiddos on the cheap! DIY I Spy Bottles! I originally made this craft two years ago.  The finished bottles featured in this post are from 2013. It is funny because every few months my kids find these bottles, pull them out, go on a treasure hunt and then the disappear back into the toy box. Still, pretty good longevity for an easy, inexpensive, upcycle craft.

I originally spotted this idea at our pediatricians office.  I figured I could easily duplicate the project at home and I did!  You can too. It is so easy.


What you will need:

Empty Wide Mouth Plastic Bottle with Lid

Small Knick-Knacks

Sand or Uncooked White Rice

Super Glue

Note Card & Pen


BEFORE WE START… I highly recommend that once the craft is complete you super glue the lid. This of course means once an object goes in,  it will live there for a very long time. Speaking from personal experience here….make sure your children are cool with the knick-knacks you plan to use having a new permanent home.


Step 1

Start with a clean, dry plastic bottle. Remove the label. You will want to use a wide mouth bottle so you can more easily fit the objects inside.

Step 2

Start filling the bottle alternating between sand and objects until the bottle is almost full.

Step 3

Be sure to write down ALL of the objects you place inside the bottle on a note card so you will have your list of objects to find.

Step 4

Super Glue the lid! (Adults Only) Allow to dry and you are ready!


I have found these I Spy Bottles are prefect for car trips, restaurants, church…anytime you need to keep the kiddos quiet and entertained. Once they are bored with them just put them up and break them back out in a couple months!


As far as the cost of the project… we already had the knick-knacks. I purchased a 50 pound bag of sand at my local hardware store. It was $4. (You can use the rest of the sand to make this projectStorage Bin Sandbox.) My local Bi-Lo currently has both Lifewater and Vitamin Water on sale for $1. (I see these on sale often.) So you can totally make this project on the cheap. Plus, it is a great upcycle craft.

 This post is for entertainment purposes only. Remember, this DIY project should be done by an adult. Use caution when handling hot materials. Keep out of reach of small children and animals. If you chose to make this craft you do so at your own risk.

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