Ways to Reuse Empty Pill Bottles: Crafts, Ideas, and More
40-50% of Americans take at least one prescription drug every month. This adds up to a whole lot of pill bottles, many of which you cannot toss in your regular recycling bin.
A lot of people don't want to throw them out so they explore other options. Many locations offer recycling and/or donation opportunities. There are also a lot of great ways to reuse bottles at home. Take one or two of the simple reuse options or start saving up a pile of bottles for a pill bottle craft project.
Warning: Make sure that bottles are well cleaned before any use, particularly if they will contain edibles, even if it's just another medication (i.e. extra tylenol to keep at work).
Simple Reuse and Recycle Options
- Store spare change. The bottle will fit right in the car, a purse, or a desk/nightstand drawer.
- Store small office supplies. This can include paper clips, rubber bands, and more.
- Store small craft and/or sewing supplies, such as beads, small buttons, and thread bobbins.
- Create a glitter shaker by punching holes in the top.
- Store small tools and repair supplies, such as nails and screws.
- Create a sewing kit. Fill the bottle with a small spool of thread, a button, a needle, and a safety pin.
- Create a cat toy by filling the bottle with small beans or bells.
- Store any number of other small items, such as headphones.
- Soak/store reeds for musical instruments.
- Reuse with other medications, such as vitamins or Ibuprofen to keep at work or in your purse.
- Donate. Some veterinary offices and local humane societies will take washed bottles with the labels removed to use for their animal prescriptions.
- Recycle. Check with your local recycling center to see if they have a special method for collecting pill bottles. If they do, make a box at home for your bottles so they don't clutter up cabinets or counter space in between recycling trips.
Use a pill bottle to send a love letter or a cute message to a friend
Consider Decorating or Labeling Your Bottles
Create rainbow crayons for your kids with pill bottles, broken crayon pieces, a tin can, and a small plan of boiling water.
The process of creating and pouring the layers is a little time intensive, but otherwise this project could not be more simple.
These would make great party favors or gifts to include with Valentine's Day cards.
Make Up Magnet Board
The pill bottles are a small component of this project, but it's still a neat idea. Depending how many brushes, lipsticks, and eye pencils you have, you can add more pill bottles.
If I were going to make this, I would take something like a dry erase board and cover it with fabric or scrapbook paper instead of painting a frame and fitting it with metal.
Her method will work just fine, but it's a little more time and labor intensive. Either way, this is a creative concept and could work well for those who have limited bathroom storage.
Light Fixtures and Garlands
There are a surprising number of light fixture/garland tutorials out there for pill bottles. They range from attaching pill bottles to Christmas light strands to creating chandeliers.
If you're ready to take on a more complex lighting project, start saving up your bottles! You'll need a whole bunch of them.