I Spy Ornaments

Happy December 1st!!!
Normally on Thursdays I like to show off my latest thrifty finds, but I decided to change things up a bit. For the month of December I will be sharing some inexpensive gift ideas on Thrifty Thursdays! No matter your financial situation it’s always fun to find gift ideas that are not only “thrifty” but super cute too!
This inexpensive gift idea is for the kids and maybe the young at heart too! I decided to make some I Spy Ornaments. My kids have the books and other “I Spy” toys, so why not some ornaments too?Supplies:

Epson salt
Plastic Ornament Balls
Small trinkets
I decided to use plastic ornament balls instead of glass ornaments for obvious reasons! These ornaments are meant to be handled by little ones so I tried to make them as kid proof as possible. The ornaments can be filled with any small items that you would want, but I wanted to use Christmas themed trinkets to put into the ornaments. They are a mixture of mini ornaments and jewelry making items that I found in the Christmas section at the craft store.
Once all of the little trinkets were in the ornaments I funneled in some epsom salt. I choose epsom salt for a few reasons; it’s white like snow, it sparkles a bit, and I had it on hand.  Okay so having it on hand was a fairly large factor and another way it makes this gift idea even more inexpensive!
I used hot glue to securely attach the top to the ornament, because like I mentioned I was trying to make this as kid proof as possible. I added a bow to the top of the ornament for added cuteness!
If you are able to buy the supplies on sale or use coupons you can make one of these for just a few bucks! These I Spy Ornaments would make great gifts for the little ones on your list!
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  1. SOOO FUN!!! What a way to engage your little ones! Great job!

    would love for you to link up ! “Home For The Holidays” link party!


  2. I just love this idea!!!!!

  3. Soo cute!

  4. What a cute idea! My Grands would love these!


  5. What a fun idea! My kids would love this!

  6. This is such a fun idea idea. Actually encouraging the kids to have a fun ornament to play with rather than too keep their “hands off”!!

  7. Gah!! That is so fun!! I may just have to make a few of these myself. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a cute idea! Sure to mesmorize the little people. visiting from TTJ–thanks for sharing!

  9. I LOVE THIS! My kids would too. How clever is that? Now what else could hide in those glass balls??

  10. Those are so cute and festive! I love that the kids can peek in the ball and look for special hidden treasures. It would make a great addition to my Find Your Craft Friday. Please come share!!


  11. I would love for you to stop by and link up your ornaments to my 25 Days of Christmas Ornaments linky party.

  12. I love this! my mom used to make i spy bags, and I love this Christmas twist.

  13. I’m pinning this btw

  14. What an absolutely brilliant idea. Adorable! My Maia loves I Spy too, this would be a super fun project. Thank you for sharing!

  15. How cute! My niece would love this. 🙂

  16. What a clever idea!

  17. That is so awesome. My little guy would love this! Thanks for sharing on Momspiration Monday!

  18. LOVE this!!! So cool!

    shirley – surecancraft.blogspot.com

  19. These are so adorable! Love the ribbon you chose!

  20. What a super fun cute idea! I absolutely love this.

  21. my kids love the i spy books…have to make a few of these for the tree…thanks for sharing!

  22. I love it! I would love for you to link up your project at Do Something Crafty Friday: http://vanessascraftynest.blogspot.com/2011/12/do-something-crafty-17.html

  23. Love this. Where did you get the ornaments from?

  24. My kiddos would go gaga over these little guys! Thanks so much for linking to my Saturday 7 party last week. I shared your idea in this week’s Saturday 7 Spotlight! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/12/saturday-seven-spotlight_10.html

  25. How creative and fun!

    I’d love for you to stop by today and link up at my Friday Favorites party! Today is a special Christmas edition with a giveaway!

  26. Just wanted to let you know I just posted about the ones we made and linked back to you for the idea! I LOVE these!

  27. I made some and I love how they turned out, THanks for the fab idea! I linked back to you 🙂 You can check mine out here:

  28. Will definately be making these for my Autism class! The kids will love them!

  29. These are so cute and you could possibly personalize with trinkets that go with each child’s hobbies, and favorite things.

  30. This is such a simple and creative ornament idea. I am hoping to try and make a few this weekend.

  31. This is a wonderful idea. I made these up for my grandchildren and they love them. However when making them, I at first bought what turned out to be the small plastic ornament ball and found that most of the trinkets I found did not fit. I then found larger plastic ornament balls (Walmart + Michael’s) and was happy that small buttons and other trinkets fit much more easily through the opening.


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