DIY Nature Projects

Nature Inspired Discovery Bottles

by Therusticfive-
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We like to get a real tree each year for Christmas and then I find uses for the tree afterwards. In the past, they were used as fish habitats at lake I used to live near, but last year we reused it for things with the kiddos.

These Nature Inspired Discovery Bottles were easy to make and both kids loved them. I simply cut off a few branches from the tree. I also found some pine cones hiding in the tree which was an added bonus. I bought some glitter and Voss water. After drinking the water, I filled the bottles with the items and added water. Finally, I hot glued the lids on to make sure the kiddos didn’t take them off.

My daughter exploring the Discovery Bottle.

Materials:

Water Bottle

Items from Nature

Glitter

Water

Ages: Infants and Up

Useful For:

Family Explorations, Quiet Activities, Daycares, and Preschools

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Therusticfive

I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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46 Comments

  1. Shrey (@shreybhat123_)

    This is so cool! And that is the cutest baby ever haha xx – Neha

    13 . 12 . 2016
  2. Kimberly

    This is a great idea!! What a great way to safely introduce objects to babies.

    13 . 12 . 2016
  3. Catrina

    What a cool idea! Will have to try making one of these for my 5 month old. I bet he would love it!

    13 . 12 . 2016
  4. Shay

    What a neat idea! I’ve heard of making glitter bottles for calming down but I love this idea for younger kiddos!

    13 . 12 . 2016
  5. ericaaugust

    This is incredible for so many reasons! I totally love it because it’s cheap fun for the kids! It’s things that you can find lying around the house. Love it!

    13 . 12 . 2016
  6. Dearlyndsey

    These are super cool ideas. I wish I would have seen this idea when my son was little he would love this.

    13 . 12 . 2016
  7. Melissa

    This is so cool! Your little one is very cute. It looks like he enjoyed it.

    13 . 12 . 2016
  8. Therusticfive

    Thank you! 🙂

    13 . 12 . 2016
  9. All Babied Up

    First off, that baby has the cutest expression ever in response to these, and secondly, these are great!

    13 . 12 . 2016
  10. Therusticfive

    Thank you! She absolutely loved it. This is one of my favorite pictures of her.

    13 . 12 . 2016
  11. lovelyluckylife

    Love this! Perfect for little babes. Cranberries inside would be fun, too 🙂

    14 . 12 . 2016
  12. Therusticfive

    I didn’t even think about cranberries! They would be so much fun.

    14 . 12 . 2016
  13. The Sanity Plan

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    14 . 12 . 2016
  14. Sam

    Very cute idea! I like that there’s a nature element inside rather than bright, shiny toys!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  15. thecoffeemom0617

    Those are adorable! I’m going to have to do this with my daughter soon.

    26 . 12 . 2016
  16. Therusticfive

    Thank you! I’m sure she will love it!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  17. Therusticfive

    Thank you! That’s my favorite part too. ❤

    26 . 12 . 2016
  18. thecoffeemom0617

    She loves making things so I’m sure we will have fun with this one

    26 . 12 . 2016
  19. Georgiana

    This is such a neat idea! I bet babies love these, plus it’s so cool that you’re continuing to use the tree.

    26 . 12 . 2016
  20. Justine Y @ Little Dove

    What a cute idea! My youngest would love something like this. We bought a real tree this year and I think it’s a great way to reuse it, thanks!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  21. Therusticfive

    Thank you! We also let our tree dry out and then cut the trunk into pieces for the kids to build with. I have a blog going up Wednesday about it. 🙂

    26 . 12 . 2016
  22. twoboysonepup

    Such a cute idea! Our babies have been loving to stare at snow globes, so I feel like this would be right up their ally!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  23. Kathy

    What a wonderful idea! Will have to try this out with our little one!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  24. Nostalgia Seekers

    What an easy and fun idea. I’m sure my 5 year old would love collecting things and creating her own!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  25. Therusticfive

    This would be perfect for them! 🙂

    26 . 12 . 2016
  26. Therusticfive

    Thank you!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  27. Therusticfive

    That’s a great idea having her create her own. 🙂

    26 . 12 . 2016
  28. Paige Rodriguez

    This is such a good idea!! Your little one’s facial expression says it all! 🙂 My son is really into the glass snow globes right now, I feel like he’d love this too and would be a fun project for us to do together. Thanks for sharing!!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  29. Bridget Riepl

    so cool! thanks for sharing. I love DIY that works with the really little ones!

    26 . 12 . 2016
  30. MK Library

    I see you used water on the interior. Have you tried something like mineral oil or another preservative so the insides last longer? Any methods of success?

    27 . 12 . 2016
  31. Therusticfive

    Thanks! She really enjoyed it. It will be fun to do with him.

    27 . 12 . 2016
  32. Therusticfive

    Me too… it can be hard to find DIY projects for little ones.

    27 . 12 . 2016
  33. Therusticfive

    I haven’t yet, but that sounds like a good experiment. 😉 I’ve only used water.

    27 . 12 . 2016
  34. Krysten

    I love how big her eyes are, like she is really exploring that bottle!
    Thanks for the idea, I have a real tree and can do this for my little man!

    27 . 12 . 2016
  35. Therusticfive

    He will love it!

    27 . 12 . 2016
  36. sara

    I love this project! Kids enjoy learning about nature and this seems like a very easy way to do that.

    27 . 12 . 2016
  37. Kasey @ The Kept Wife

    Never thought of doing nature discovery bottles! Can’t wait to so them for my niece!

    27 . 12 . 2016
  38. styledforparadise

    These are so neat! I need one for my daughter!

    27 . 12 . 2016
  39. Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins

    These look so cool! My son has made sensory bottles using the Voss bottles, but I like these even better. Thanks for the great idea.

    27 . 12 . 2016
  40. thetaylor411

    This is a cute idea, I love that it’s so simple to make.

    27 . 12 . 2016
  41. Kendra

    Great! Love DIY toys for little ones!

    27 . 12 . 2016
  42. Therusticfive

    Thanks! Me too!

    28 . 12 . 2016
  43. Therusticfive

    Thanks! It really is simple and that’s why I love it too. 🙂

    28 . 12 . 2016
  44. Heather

    I am so glad I saw this! I am going to be doing this with my tree this year when we take it down this week!

    28 . 12 . 2016
  45. Therusticfive

    That’s great! Be sure to check out my newest post on how we recycled our tree into blocks. 🙂

    28 . 12 . 2016
  46. Jenni Petrey

    Discovery bottles are a great idea, I’ve made a few in the past for my children but also for children that I work with. My children love the calming bottles too!

    29 . 12 . 2016

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