Who else is excited about the holidays? My kids are counting down the days and enjoying every minute of all of our family’s holiday traditions. From advent calendars to Elf on the Shelf, to nighttime Christmas light walks with a mug of hot chocolate, my family tries to pack in a ton of memories during the month of December.

One of my favourite ways to get in the spirit for any holiday is by doing some themed crafts with my kids. If you’ve checked out my other projects here on MomResource.ca, you’ll know that I love crafts that not only keep kids entertained while they are making them but also beyond the actual crafting time. You can see my last post for DIY Family Photo Shrinky Dink Dolls here.

My craft project for this month is DIY I-Spy Christmas Sensory Glitter Bottles. My daughter originally got the idea for I-Spy bottles from YouTube where she saw someone make a Shopkins I-Spy Bottle. I thought that the idea was super cute, so we made one together. The project she saw online just had Shopkins floating in it, but I’m a firm believer that sparkles make everything better, so we added glitter to our bottle.

A few days after we made it I found her lying on the couch, staring at her bottle while slowly tipping it back and forth. I asked her what she was doing and she said that she found it oddly calming watching the glitter and Shopkins slowly floating around in the bottle.

One of the things I love about these sensory bottles is how easy it is to change what is inside of them. Simply pour the contents into a bowl or measuring cup, fish out the old toys, replace them with new ones and pour the whole thing back into the bottle.

You could do the same thing with your Christmas sensory bottle. If you want you could pick a neutral glitter colour and replace the “themed” items once your child tires of the bottle or you could pour all of the liquid out each time and start over. There are so many fun options!

Ready to learn how to make them? Read on!  

How To Make DIY I-Spy Christmas Sensory Glitter Bottles


  • Jar or bottle (I love using Voss water bottles for this project. The sides are smooth and clear, the neck hole is large so you can fit bigger toys in it and the label peels off easily. I also like that it’s made of plastic so it won’t shatter if dropped.)
  • Light corn syrup (enough to fill your bottle half way.)
  • Water
  • Small Christmas themed items. (Check out the seasonal aisle of your local craft store or dollar store. I like getting items of different weights and materials because they float differently in the bottle.)
  • Glitter


  • Super glue (If making these for small children you might want to glue the lid shut. This limits you being able to reuse the bottle so for older children just remind them that if it spills it will make a huge mess.)


Step 1: Remove the label from your water bottle. Wash away any adhesive that may be left behind.

Step 2: Put your Christmas items inside of the water bottle.

Step 3: Fill the bottle just a little bit less than half full of water (the higher the percentage of corn syrup, the better the toys float.) Add 1 teaspoon of glitter.

Step 4: Fill the rest of the bottle with light corn syrup. You will notice that the corn syrup all sinks to the bottom. Put the lid on the bottle and shake until the corn syrup dissolves.

Step 5 (Optional): Glue the lid shut if you are concerned with little hands opening the bottle and spilling it.

That’s it! You have a fun, DIY I-Spy Christmas sensory glitter bottle!

I hope this project inspires you to make sensory bottles of your own and to experiment with different themes in the future! If you make one, I’d love to hear about it and see a picture!

Happy Holidays!

Want more creative project ideas to inspire your family? Visit Crystal and her creative family at Hello Creative Family. Hello Creative Family’s goal is to inspire parents with simple, back to basic crafts and recipes so that all families can raise their kids in a handmade, homemade, heart-made home! The daughter of two creative parents, Crystal strongly believes that kids who see their parents pursuing their own creative passions are more likely to be creative themselves!