30 Genius Ways to Reuse and Repurpose Empty Pill Bottles – DIY & Crafts

30 Genius Ways to Reuse and Repurpose Empty Pill Bottles

March 24, 2015 By

My friend has a condition that requires her to take quite a lot of medicine; when I was at her house the other day I discovered a rather shocking stash of empty pill bottles. I was glad that she hadn’t simply tossed them, contributing to the plastic problem we have, but my-oh-my were there a lot of them! She knew that there was some way that she could upcycle or repurpose all her bottles but never really got far enough to do anything with them. So I decided to make it my mission to find some helpful new uses for her stash, and I’d just love to share my findings with the rest of you.

Hide-a-Key

Hiding a key in your mailbox or under the welcome mat is way too obvious – those are the first places potential robbers would look. If you really are worried about accidentally locking yourself out (guilty!), hide a spare one in a pill bottle with a rock glued to the top of the lid. No one will be the wiser. Just make sure you remember which rock to look for!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ZakkaLife

Candle Holder

You can make a fantastic candle holder by painting and gluing together a few bottles of different heights and shapes. It makes a fabulous centerpiece with tealight candles; no one would ever guess what you made it from!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Allthatscrap

Makeup Organizer

You’ll find the size of prescription pill bottles make them perfect for your beauty products and tools, like your brushes, eyeliners and mascara. Keep your dresser nice and tidy with this little trick.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LauraThoughts

Love Prescription

This is a cute and cheesy idea for Valentine’s Day or whenever you just want to cheer up your other half or a close friend. Fill the bottle with their favorite candy and write a funny little prescription for them.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CookBake&Decorate

Jewelry Holder

If you’re going traveling or even just staying over at a friend’s place, keep you small rings and earrings safe in one of these containers. I like to be prepared, so I always end up lugging too much jewelry around; maybe this will help!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheBeautyBlog

Piping Tip Organizer

Here’s on for all you bakers. Since piping tips aren’t all that cheap, you need to keep them both safe and organized. I absolutely love this idea since you can number then on the lids so that you know exactly what’s what.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheBearfootBaker

Fire Starter

Some petroleum-jelly-soaked cotton balls stuffed in an empty pill bottle will make an excellent firestarter when you or your kids go off camping or hiking in the woods. Make sure not to actually burn the pill bottle – burning plastic is not good for the environment.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MomWithAPrep

Travel-Sized Shampoo

You don’t want to take massive bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion when travelling or camping, so save some space in your bag by filling up your empty pill bottles. Genius!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheBeautyBlog

Cotton Swab Container

Q-tips, or cotton swabs, fit perfectly into a regular-sized prescription pill bottle; it seems like such an obvious match! This is great for traveling, or even just keeping around the house in each of the bathrooms.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheBeautyBlog

Rainbow Crayons

If you have a little kid then you’re sure to have a bunch of broken crayons – the thin shape seems to be just too easy for toddlers to snap. Instead of wasting those broken pieces, melt them into a pill box to make these awesome rainbow crayons; the bigger size will suit your little tots so much better.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Momtastic

Portable Sewing Kit

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ClipWithPurpose and FromGlitterToGumdrops

Bobby Pin Storage

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheBeautyBlog

Survival Kit

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SurvivalAtHome

“Bamboo” Vase

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MichLInLA

Center-Pull Yarn Ball

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – IAlwaysPickTheThimble

Snowman

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CraftingAGreenWorld

Vitamin Packs

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheBeautyBlog

Light Garland

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CraftingAGreenWorld

Nail Polish Removal

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – WhoKnew?Tips

Coin Holder

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – WDWPrepSchool

Child-Proof Container

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ThriftyFun

Tooth Holder

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AboutHome

Handbag Trash Can

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ModPodgeRocks

Earphone Container

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Pinterest

Jewelry

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LilacPop

Seed Storage

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SlightlySteady

Grow Magnet

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AboutHome

Interesting Lamp

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables

Single Flower Vase

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ForTheLove

Cat Toy

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AboutHome

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