The holidays are right around the corner, and I Spy jars would be an awesome gift for any kiddo in your life. Also, perfect for car rides or, my current favorite use: my secret dinner making weapon. (Yes, you read that right!)
Here’s the deal, I keep the 5 I Spy jars on a shelf the kids can’t reach in our living room. Naturally, since the jars are not readily available, the kids want them all of the time! It’s become routine that when I start to get dinner together around 4:00pm they get a snack and all 5 I Spy jars appear on the kitchen counter. It’s party time in the kitchen.
How did we end up with 5 I Spy jars, you ask? Welp, the first 2 were generic I Spy jars where you find tiny things like google eyes, colored buttons, and the letter “M”. I had to make 2 since I have 2 kids. But, Maxwell was having so much fun finding the letters that I decided to whip up a 3rd I Spy jar specifically for the alphabet. I used a Ball® Sharing Jar, and added all 26 letters of the alphabet. Psst… did you know that for every package of Sharing Jars purchased, Newell Brands will donate 4 meals in partnership with Feeding America!
The 4th I Spy jar happened because Ball® Mini Jars that were perfect for a “Maxwell” name I Spy jar. Not to mention, he is really into spelling his name as of late. After thinking about it more, Maxwell actually loves numbers even more than letters, so I had to make him a number I-Spy jar too.
And then we had 5 I Spy jars. Sorry, not sorry 😉
How You Need to Make I Spy Jars:
- Ball® jars/ I used 4 different sized jars, but any size works
- Small trinkets
- Letters and numbers
- Acrylic paint in multiple colors
- Index cards
How to Make I Spy Jars
Step 1- Paint lids
First, Maxwell painted the lids of the jars. He used one paintbrush and went to town with multiple colors. I might have helped him paint a few of the lids.
Maxwell is working on the lid for the Ball® mini jar below! This is the only jar that comes with a one peice metal lid.
Step 2- Add rice
Now it’s time to put the I Spy jars together! I did not even use a funnel since the rims of the jars are nice and wide. I poured the rice straight from the bag into the jar. For the generic I Spy jars, I filled the jar about a third of the way with rice, and then added a few trinkets, sprinkles, more rice.
Step 3- Add trinkets
I continued layering rice, trinkets, sprinkles until I had about one inch of space left at the top of the jar. The one inch of space at the top of jar is the most important part! This allows the rice and trinkets to move around so that you can “spy” all of the things.
Trinket Ideas for I Spy Jars
- Small plastic animals
- Broken jewelry
- Scrabble letters
- Missing puzzle pieces
- A crayon
- Stickers/ If you have 2 of the same sticker, stick it to itself to make it double sided.
- Colored pom poms
- Google eyes
- Birthday candles
- Pieces of colored yarn
- Just take a peek in that junk drawer!
For the non generic I Spy jars, I used these card stock number and letter stickers I had on hand. I stuck the stickers to themselves so the letter would be double sided. If I had not had these on hand, I would have likely ordered something similar to these on Amazon.
Step 4- Make lid labels
After the jars are filled with rice and goodies, the last step is to use an index card to make the list of what is inside the jar. Lay the flat metal lid face down on an index and trace the circle. Next, cut the circle out with scissors. Use this circle to write what is inside of each jar! As you can see below, for 3 of my 5 jars I did just that! For the alphabet jar, I got fancy and painted multiple colored index card circles. For the mini “Maxwell” jar I let Max paint the lid and stamped “Maxwell” on the top. There is no wrong way to do this part!
Here’s another shot of the lids.
So fun, right?! How long do you think the I Spy jars will stay special and continue to be my dinner making secret weapon?!
Here are 2 more jar craft ideas:
What do you love to craft with mason jars? I’d love to hear…
Comments & Reviews
So fun and engaging. Love it!
grammy Rachel says
Hi. What a great and fun idea. My granddaughter and I have played eye spy while riding back and fourth to her achool from pre school thru fifth grade. She is 11 now and will still want to do this. Tyvvm
Jillian Anderson says
I would like to take a moment to say just, I am in the process of starting my own crafting blog and as advised I have been exploring other well known blogs in this niche that I could pick up some pointers and inspiration from. I have been aimlessly clickin’ and dippin’ around various websites and blogs and had a hard time finding something to learn from. From the minute I signed on to your blog I felt relief for the first time that I had found something worth finding. I hands down loved your look and feel of the whole page and even took a picture of your header with the triangle designs, I totally dig it. I was excited to finally have a picture to show that would explain the vibe I am looking to have for my own page because up till now I drew blank on what I wanted and I feel like now I know multiple ideas and inspirations I am looking forward to try!
I was a little let down when I saw that you mainly do kids stuff but I figured your site was so pleasing to the eye there was still more to learn and decided to click around a bit more… Being I am a part time nanny and although we more projects to finish on our to do list than there are colors in the rainbow I clicked a craft post for the heck of it. Boy I didn’t expect this, we LOVE to play I spy!!! Ispy is always our go to game on the road or out in public so to see this got me uber pumped up! That is so original and fun looking I just tossed out my mental ‘crafts to finish’ list and replaced it with the rad Ispy Jar! We are making these. I didn’t expect to fall in love with the first if any children’s project post I opened and feel pleasantly surprised.
I have to take my hat off to you and give credit where credits due because your whole site through and through gives me the feels. Good vibes and inspiration flows here. I aspire to create and build my blog in such a way I make other fellow crafters and bloggers feel how I feel right now. If I had to describe what your site reminded me of in one word, “serendipity” pops up strongly. I don’t know if that’s the correct word to use, as I rarely use it and do not know the exact meaning, but it feels right.
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Jamie Dorobek says
Hi Jill! Thank you so much for the kind words! Best of luck with your blog…I’m sure it will be really awesome 🙂
jam T says
this is super easy and fun learning way… just need collect the letters and i’m done… sweet… like the idea…
thanks for sharing… 🙂