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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Upcycle Pill Bottles With These 22 Ideas — 189 Comments

  1. I make a “Get Well Basket” which includes some containers filled with different candies, goodies, etc and give to the sick person.

  2. After you make an EDC/survival/fishing/sewing kit out of a pill bottle, wrap several feet of duct tape around the outside. I can’t leave my house without duct tape!

  3. I like to use mine to put my daily meds in after I have taken them out of either the original bottle or the daily containers. I have little ones that sidetrack me easily. This way they never get left anywhere unsafe or forgotten cause I couldn’t take them at the exact moment I pulled them out. I have sensitive skin so holding my pills hurts my hands and this fixes it.
    Also we use them for myy husband to keep extra pills in at work. If he misses a dose it causes some big problems so this helps a ton.

  4. I like to use mine to put my daily meds in after I have taken them out of either the original bottle or the daily containers. I have little ones that sidetrack me easily. This way they never get left anywhere unsafe or forgotten cause I couldn’t take them at the exact moment I pulled them out. I have sensitive skin so holding my pills hurts my hands and this fixes it.
    Also we use them for my husband to keep extra pills in at work. If he misses a dose it causes some big problems so this helps a ton.

  5. Sewing machine needles are different sizes & tips for different fabrics. I store them by size & type, & label the pill bottles accordingly. When I change needles for my machine the bottle caps are reversed to show which needle size is in use. No more guessing or searching for a magnifier to read the tiny imprint on each needle. BIG time saver!

  6. I use a nice tall Rx bottle to store the long sharp pins for lacing a turkey closed. It prevents getting stabbed by the pins, which used to happen when I stored them on the original card in a plastic bag. I use a shorter wide bottle to store
    corn cob holders, which keeps them clean and prevents getting stabbed when hunting for them in a drawer.

  7. My sister, a talented sewist, stores spools of thread with their matching bobbins in empty prescription bottles. No more time wasted “matching” or looking for one or the other because both are housed together. A label on the bottle or cover indicates the thread color inside. Works for me!
    Thanks for all the great hints.

  8. I use them for “female discretion” ….. They are the perfect size for keeping OB tampons clean in your purse .

  9. Went to the hospital recently and brought a bottle for each morning I would be there, filled with lemon juice and a few drops of stevia. Added to warm water, it was an easy way to keep up with my morning lemon water habit without the hospital kitchen being confused by such a request!
    Also, I keep my lip balm tube in one in the car so, even if it gets hot and melts, the mess is contained.
    Several other uses that have already been mentioned here (earrings when traveling, buttons in my sewing kit, etc.). I’m interested to try the idea of earbuds in one, in my to-go bag when I go to sell my plasma (which takes an hour.) Thanks for the inspirations!

  10. The battery-storage idea really caught my attention because it’s so important to avoid letting the ends of one battery touch and drain another new battery!
    FYI – nearly all the caps have a liner which can be popped out and used solo, thereby making the bottles easier to open and reducing space needed for putting a bunch of bottles together.

  11. All of them are great ideas, but storing your ammo is not a good idea unless you transfer the lot number from the manufactures box to the inside of the bottle. This number is very important to keep up with the recall of ammo if that happens.

  12. I use empty pill bottles and vitamin containers of various sizes around the house and garden. In my office for stationery items: paper clips, push pins, split pins. In the shed for saved seeds. In my sewing room for pins, needles, hooks and eyes, safety pins, snap fasteners, buttons (especially sets, or grouping different kinds together). In my art room/studio for paint, bits and pieces for collage, pva glue when the large bottle gets nearly empty (much easier to get the last out). In the laundry room for odd buttons that come off in the wash. My husband uses them in his workroom for any small bit that need to be kept together: same size nails, screws, nuts and bolts, and rawl plugs for fitting into plaster walls. Plus many of the above ideas for travel kits for first aid, sewing, and even for the original purpose, medicTion to be taken on a specific day when I am away from home.

  13. Since I use them to store change in my car I also use one for wrappers from gum candy and snack bars. They were always in my cup holder and ending up on the floor. Now I fold them up small to store in the pill container until full. Then empty and reuse.

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