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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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This project is great to make for a child's Halloween party, to give as Halloween gifts or to make and use as a game for a Halloween party. They are simple to make and fun as well! With just a few things that you can pick up at craft stores, dollar stores and mass retailers, you can put these together quick and easy.

A treasure bottle is basically an empty water bottle that has been filled with trinkets, small toys and household objects and filled with bird seed. You make a list of everything that you put in the bottle and let the kids find each item by shaking the bottle and rolling it around to find the objects buried inside. These are also fun for adults, believe me, I've spent hours searching for things in a bottle I made myself.

You want to use a certain shape and size bottle, one that is smooth, cylindrical and not too wide. I've found that the best bottles to use are "Smartwater" brand bottles. We drink bottled water in our home, so we occasionally buy this brand and save the bottles to use for this craft project. They come in two sizes, a large liter size or a small size four pack. Both work great, it just depends on how big you want to make them. If you were making a bunch of these at one time, you might want to go with the smaller bottle and use half the items. 

What You'll Need:
Empty and dry water bottles with caps
About 40 small Halloween related items per bottle
10 pound bag of Parakeet Seed or other fine bird seed
Funnel that fits bottle mouth
Measuring Scoop
Craft Glue
List of Items
Stretch ribbon or cord in orange or black
Halloween Pens or Pencils

Make sure that your water bottle is completely dry inside or the bird seed will sprout and mold. I've tried using paper towel and a chop stick to dry it out, which works or just sitting them in the dishwasher over night works fine. Take the label off the bottle by soaking it or using Goo-Gone to remove all traces of glue and wash the outside with soap and water.

Find about 40 small items to put inside the bottle. Make sure that the items that you pick out will fit through the bottles opening. You can use any little Halloween related toys that can be found and add in other items like buttons or beads of different colors and sizes. Write down each item or type them into your computer and save for making the check list later.

Next, using a funnel that fits the bottle, scoop some of the seed into the bottle. Add about five items, add more seed, doing this until the items are all added and the bottle is filled. Leave a space of about three inches at the top. You need room to be able to shake. roll and move the seed around inside so that the items can move to the surface of the bottle.

Use a small amount of glue around the threads of the bottle cap and cap the bottle. Use a craft glue that dried transparent so you'll know when it's dried. Do not shake bottle until glue has dried or you'll get seed stuck on the inside of the lid.

Print a list of all the items inside the bottle. I like to use a program that has tables to I can print four copies of the list at a time. Eight pages of lists is enough for one bottle. Cut them apart in equal sizes. Line them up and use a hole punch to put a hole in the upper left hand corner. Run an orange or black stretch ribbon through the hole and tie around the neck of the bottle. You can include a Halloween themed pencil if you like.



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