I Spy Bottles

or: one of the 47 craft projects i’ll have to do to get rid of 20 lbs of dried rice.

back in the spring i coordinated the pre-school’s annual spaghetti dinner.  the centerpieces were super cheap and wicked easy (just like me!) – handmade cardstock pinwheels in little buckets filled with rice.

that was months ago, and now i have the bag of 20 lbs of rice hanging out, taking up a lot of space, and with the huuuge potential for a mess.  after asking my twitter pals, the suggestion of coloring the rice and making ispy bottles was the most popular suggestion.

recipe for colored rice:

1 1/2 cup rice, capful of rubbing alcohol, coupla squirts of food coloring.  SEAL THE BAG and shake.  you’d think the “seal the bag” part is a given, but i’ll be picking up purple rice from every nook and cranny in my kitchen for the next 14 years….  you’ve been warned.  once the rice is the color you want, spread it out to dry on a piece of waxed paper.  it only takes 15 minutes, maybe a half hour and you’re ready to rock and roll.

ohhhh, so pretty….

i gathered all the little trinkets i could find, but i had to find 2 of everything… i’m not Noah, i’m the mom of 2 little girls close in age, so everything has to be the same or it’s a whole lotta “why did she get….”  (i hate that)

this is most of it…  also a shell, a christmas light bulb, and one special trinket so that they girls could tell whose was whose.

we used empty Gatorade bottles, cleaned with the wrapper removed, they were just the right size.

(i think she’s counting rice grains.  or figuring the volume of the container.  that’s just the way she is…)

there was much shaking, and lots of “ohh, i see the ___” then the other one would have to shake theirs and find that in their bottle… 

i hot glued the lids on, hunny’s only comment was “you know what’s gonna happen if someone takes the top off…” killjoy.  whatever, they’re closed now.

and now i only have to come up with a craft for the other 19 pounds of rice!

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4 Comments on “I Spy Bottles”

  1. Debbie Says:

    Super Cute! I love it!

    donate all the pretty colored rice back to the pre-school for next years pasta dinner and let them worry about where and what to do with it 🙂


  2. That’s a fabulous idea. I would love to make one of these for Cole – a great thing to throw in the car when we’re on a long drive – or for the drs office when we have a long wait – that’s actually where we saw the original I Spy game!!


  3. […] -Perfect gift idea for boy or girl in that middle age group – not a baby/toddler, but not a teen – I Spy Bottles […]


  4. This is going to be one of the best stocking stuffers for the grandmiracles…so much more fun for them than socks and dollar toys that will break before the day is done…Thank you. Great idea!!!

    Louise
    SlaveToMyNeedles


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