Upcycle Pill Bottles With These 22 Ideas

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We try very hard to use herbal remedies in our home, but plastic pill bottles still squeak in from time to time.  I HATE tossing things and I consider myself rather skilled at discovering new uses for old things.  There is a chance I’ve morphed into a upcycling addict.  Oh well, there are worse things.

We try very hard to use herbal remedies in our home, but plastic pill bottles still squeak in from time to time. So I hopped on Pinterest to get some ideas.

So with a huge stash of pill bottles needing a new purpose, I hopped on Pinterest to get some ideas. If you’re not following me on Pinterest, you really should.

As always, click the image to get the tutorial for making these awesome upcycles.

#1

Image courtesy of Mom With a PREP.

Image courtesy of Mom With a PREP.

You can create fire starters with them.  I’m not sure I’d get my kids involved (we have some “rambunctious spirits), but maybe for responsible kids.

#2

Image courtesy of MAKE.

Image courtesy of MAKE.

You can make a hide-a-key.  I saw a similar one that used a pine cone.

#3

Image courtesy of MAKE.

Image courtesy of Maddee Shaw Beauty Blog.

You can use pill bottles to store shampoo, conditioner and lotion when traveling.  I think these are the right size to be approved by airline security.

#4

Image courtesy of Tuscan Rose.

Image courtesy of Tuscan Rose.

You can make a travel sewing kit with attached pin cushion.

#5

Image courtesy of Survival at Home.

Image courtesy of Survival at Home.

You can make your own pill bottle survival kit. My husband has made about 20 of these and has them everywhere he spends any time.

#6

Image courtesy of The Bearfoot Baker.

Image courtesy of The Bearfoot Baker.

You can store small craft and hobby items, such as cake piping tips, small beads, and needles.

#7

Image courtesy of Magia Mia.

Image courtesy of Magia Mia.

You can make cute Halloween potion bottles.

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#8

Image courtesy of Crafting a Green World.

Image courtesy of Crafting a Green World.

Maybe Halloween isn’t your thing and you’d prefer a winter snowman?

#9

Image courtesy of MomTastic

Image courtesy of MomTastic

You can make fun rainbow crayons. You get 2 “upcycle points” if you are upcycling broken crayons (another thing I refuse to throw away).

#10

Image courtesy of MAKE.

Image courtesy of MAKE.

You can make a faux bamboo vase.

#11

Image courtesy of Who Knew Tips.

Image courtesy of Who Knew Tips.

You can make one of those quick nail polish remover tubs.

#12

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You can store ammo in them. I know nothing about hunting, but I’ve heard that dry ammo is happy ammo.

#13

Image courtesy of I Always Pick the Thimble.

Image courtesy of I Always Pick the Thimble.

Okay, knitters and crocheters will love this one. Make your yarn balls center pull using pill bottles. No more chasing balls of yarn everywhere.

#14

Image courtesy of Scrapbooking 24-7.

Image courtesy of Scrapbooking 24-7.

You can make your own ink daubers. I’m not sure what one would do with an ink dauber – BINGO maybe? – but it looked like a cute idea.

#15

Image courtesy of WDW Prep School.

Image courtesy of WDW Prep School.

If you’re having trouble finding a place to store all your quarters (I’ve never had that problem), you can use them in a pill bottle.

#16

Image courtesy of Crafting a Green World.

Image courtesy of Crafting a Green World.

You can make some cool amber-colored party lights. Maybe for a doctor’s graduation party?

#17

Image courtesy of Chasing Green.

Image courtesy of Chasing Green.

You can create a travel first aid kit.  We use these all the time! Again, I have rambunctious children (okay, ONE rambunctious child, but I’m not naming names… Chico)

#18

Image courtesy of About: Family Fun.

Image courtesy of About: Family Fun.

You can help out the Tooth Fairy by giving her something a bit bigger than a tooth to look for in the mess of bed sheets.

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#19

Image courtesy of Craftster.

Image courtesy of Craftster.

You can store tiny hair doodads in them.

#20

Image courtesy of Maddee Shaw Beauty Blog.

Image courtesy of Maddee Shaw Beauty Blog.

You can lock up your q-tips so your children don’t attempt to clean each other’s ears – yes, it’s happened.

#21

Image courtesy of Sunset.

Image courtesy of Sunset.

If my DIY Printable Seed Packets weren’t for you, you could store seeds in them.

#22

Image courtesy of Life Hacker.

Image courtesy of Life Hacker.

Last, but not least, you can use pill bottles to organize batteries.

If you’re crazy about upcycling like I am, you should check out Craftsy. They offer all sorts of online classes including my personal favorite, Project Upcycle.

Want to donate your empty pill bottles?

12/01/15 Update: The Malawi Pill Vial Program “has proven the most successful program in our 22 years in Malawi,” reports Richard Stephens, one of the co-founders and member of the Board of Directors for the Malawi Project. He is making reference to the recently concluded pill container collection program conducted by the Malawi Project. Stephens continues, “The original Facebook post reached 5 million people, and churches, schools, and other civic groups all over the nation picked up the story. By late November the number of vials received had passed 1 million. More people have participated in this single program that any other program since our beginning in 1993.” The program concluded the end of November, with all final shipments to be sent to the Project’s offices between January 1st and 15th.

What great uses have you come up with for old pill bottles? Share in the comments below.

And remember, health doesn’t come from plastic bottles, but if it does, make something cute with the bottle afterwards!

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We try very hard to use herbal remedies in our home, but plastic pill bottles still squeak in from time to time. So I hopped on Pinterest to get some ideas.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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Upcycle Pill Bottles With These 22 Ideas — 189 Comments

  1. Using them to combine pills for daily use sounds like a good idea. However, I have been told , if you are stopped by police and searched, you could be cited because each type of pills were not in their original containers

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