Our I Spy Jar was inspired by Pinterest, and in fact it was one of the first things that I ever pinned. I held off making it for a little while because I wanted to make sure that my children were old enough to handle a glass jar safely under supervision.
I've seen many different versions of the I Spy jar online, but the one that I first saw was over at Meet the Dubiens. The blog post itself is no longer live but you can see a picture here - DIY I Spy Bottle.
This is my version:
I used an old pasta sauce jar. To remove the label from the jar I soaked it in WD40, and it peeled right off. I like to think that our home is fairly uncluttered, but I found it very easy to gather together tiny items to put inside by raiding the toy box, my craft supplies and the bowl in the kitchen that we keep for keys and other junk. I used brown rice for the bulk of the jar (just what we had in the cupboard) and I found that you don't need to leave much space at the top of the jar at all as the contents easily shift around with a bit of shaking.
My contents are - leaf bead, old heart earring, toy handbag, flower bead, heart cutout, nut, marble, butterfly eraser, pom pom, penny, shell, stone, craft flower, paperclip, plastic cow, silver bead, eyelet, googly eye, blue button, star sequin, snowflake brad, yellow button, tiny clothes peg, doll crown, pink drawing pin, safety pin, flat shell.
Harry is fascinated by it and I can't stop turning it around myself!
Update - it's been a few years now since I made this and it has become one of the favourite toys, still played with long after. It would be great to remake one in a plastic bottle to take on car journeys, and I'd love to print off a little checklist of things that are included to attach to the lid.