DIY Halloween Discovery Bottles – I have long been a fan of discovery bottles making lots of different ones for Monkey when he was little. Kipper is now at the age where he’s also finding them interesting so I thought it would be good to make some new ones for halloween. One of the reasons I like discovery bottles so much is that they can be made with things around the house.

To DIY Halloween discovery Bottles  you will need:

  • Plastic bottles. I like to use  VOSS bottles as they are a good size and shape. They also stand up to being reused well.
  • Mini plastic pumpkins and acorns
  • Flat backed gems that you can get from most good craft store, I purposefully went for blacks, silvers and oranges
  • Various food colourings in halloween colours – black, purple and green
  • Various glitters – including green, purple, copper and white
  • Glow in the dark stars
  • Foil pumpkin garland
  • Copper leaf
  • Baby oil
  • Water
  • Washing up liquid
  • Bostik Glue Dots
  • Scissors


To make the shakers  all you need to do is add the mini plastic pumpkins and acorns to one bottle and the flat backed gems to another. Due to the difference in size and weight the sounds which they make are quite different.

To make the glow in the dark bottle, fill your widest necked bottle with clean water, add the stars and some white glitter.If your glitter clumps add a little bit of washing up liquid (clear if possible) as this will help it to separate. Glycerine will also do the same thing.

My favourite is the bottle with the copper leaf as it moves so nicely in the water. This shouldn’t clump  and doesn’t need anything added to the water.

The other two bottles are predominately glitter. To make the one with the oil, add the oil to the bottle with the food colouring and glitter. I decided to make the oil purple. In a separate jug mix some water with food colouring and add the corresponding glitter colours. Once its all mixed you can pour it into the bottle on top of the oil. Don’t worry if it looks like its mixing up it will separate quickly enough because of the differences in density between the oil and the water.

To make the final bottle, I added black food colouring to water with copper glitter. Again using washing up liquid to make sure it didn’t clump. Then using the Bostik glue dots I attached some of the pumpkins from the garland to the front of the bottle. The glue dots are perfect for this as its mess free!

Kipper was quite impressed with the bottles favouring the copper leaf one the most, especially when I got the torch out and shined it through the bottle.

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  1. These look like a whole lot of fun and I love the variety of the bottles. My favourite is the one with orange and that is a fab top about the washing up liquid helping with the glitter if it clumps. Thanks, Mich x

  2. Oh I love this idea. I think Halloween is a brilliant time for getting really creative and I love seeing what other bloggers create. Really inspiring x

  3. I love the sound of these, I can imagine they are hours of fun to play with. I need to look back through your blog for more ideas for toddlers. Mine has been sick this week so we have been stuck in, and although he hasn’t had much energy to do much, this sounds ideal! 🙂

  4. These look so much fun- we are planning on Halloween crafts this weekend and will definitely try these out ! 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh, these look like so much fun. I absolutely love doing crafty things with my 3 year and we always have loads of fun. I will be giving these a try because I know she will enjoy it x

  6. We love discovery bottles in this house. But I haven’t made any for ages. I really need to make some more. And these are brilliant. I’m always a fan of the glittery ones. But that copper leave discovery bottle is gorgeous. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  7. Mum on an Island Reply

    Nice idea! Our 2yo would enjoy helping to make, and our 7mo would enjoy watching!

  8. You always have the best craft ideas. I love the idea of putting them in bottles like this. They made sensory things at my daughter’s Montessori in ziplock bags but I’m afraid it will burst any minute. I will transfer the contents & follow your directions!

  9. What a fab idea! I love this kind of craft, something really useful but also fun too! My kids are a little old for sensory style toys now but they would love this craft anyway, they are obsessed with pouring things from one bottle to the next. Who knew it was so much fun?!

  10. This is such a brilliant idea for Halloween. I’m making a note of it for next year!

  11. Lynda Graham Reply

    What a great idea, must try out.
    I used to love stuff like this. amused for ages with cups, beakers and a bucket of water.

  12. Shelley Jessup Reply

    Brilliant way to make seasonal crafts this Halloween I think I might make some glitter shakers for my young niece but use plastic bottles.

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