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Rather than throwing them away or into the recycle bin, you can make many creative projects using medicine or pill bottles. This is a guide about craft ideas for used medicine or pill bottles.


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October 7, 2015

Pill Bottle Pumpkins

These pill bottle pumpkins make perfect little treat holders! They make great gifts or party favors.


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December 23, 2009

Recycled medicine bottles for carolers.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour



  1. I took 3 medicine bottles and turned them upside down. I painted the wooden balls a flesh color, let dry, then painted faces with black paint.
  2. Then I hot glued the heads to the medicine bottles.
  3. Then I cut out cloth to make their clothes.
  4. I glued ribbon in half for strength to make the arms. Then glued the arms on.
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  6. I covered the arms with cloth also.
  7. Then I cut out an old song sheet where the notes are for song books and glued them to their hands.

You could use pipe cleaners for the arms as well.

By Melissa from Bessemer City, NC

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October 20, 20140 found this helpful

I love this idea for using medicine bottles. Well done.

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February 26, 20167 found this helpful

Making a Pill Bottle First Aid Kit

This is a guide about making a pill bottle first aid kit. Having a mini first aid kit in your purse or backpack can come in handy.



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August 23, 2016

Are there any uses other than tossing?

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November 19, 20163 found this helpful
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YES! You never throw them away!! I empty, boil, remove label & keep some for bead storage & I am currently making them into pill storage for my purse! Pill boxes are too expensive so I'm creating them myself. There are thousands of uses for all sizes of plastic pill bottles! If you don't want yours, please send them to people such as myself who do in fact Upcycle, Recycle! I'd be glad to send you my address!

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

Yes there are many things you can use them. Buttons,safety pins, pencil/pen holder, bolts,screws, nails,staples,and put pills in them so do not have to carry all the pill bottles. Get labels off put in freezer about minute are less. It really works. I have got a lot of them from small to large.

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March 31, 20170 found this helpful

Wash them before you reuse them. Some people are so sensitive to certain drugs (such as sulfa) that if you stored buttons or something in them and they touched it, it can cause issues.

Use for buttons, needles, beads, rings, any small items.

You can also donate them to medical missions or shelters or animal shelters.

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April 12, 20170 found this helpful

i myself have lots of them- i use them mostly for coins i am collecting

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August 1, 2011

I really hate seeing the medicine bottles from Target go to waste and would like to know what they can be used for other than keeping screws or such in them. What have others done or might think to do with these? It's such a waste and I figure since the holidays are coming up that it would be fun to create some kind of project with them.

By Beth

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August 3, 20113 found this helpful

If you have the proper tool to punch a small hole in assorted types of plastic you could make some nice wind chimes by punching a hole in the bottom of the bottle and stringing them chime style. The different sizes and types of plastics of the bottles would make a nice delicate melody in the wind and you could decorate them with paint made for plastics :-)

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April 7, 20163 found this helpful

You don't need a special too. Just heat up a pin tip and apply to the plastic. You will probably have to do this a couple times, but the plastic meltls. You can also heat up a small metal screwdriver if you need a bigger hole.

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September 5, 20163 found this helpful

I collect empty pill bottles and make bubble blowing containers out of them. I make a blower out of plastic canvas and hot glue the blower to the inside of the lid.

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December 5, 20161 found this helpful

I would love to hear your ideas for pill bottles. My house is being overrun with them, ehhh!

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July 15, 2012

I have an abundance of empty prescription bottles. Does anyone have any ideas for craft projects using these bottles? Does anyone have other suggestions on how to use empty prescription bottles? I just hate throwing them away.

By Squishy

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July 23, 20123 found this helpful

I use mine for storage of small craft items, rubber bands, etc. But I took a large amount to the veterinarian - asked first.

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July 23, 20125 found this helpful

Here is a suggestion. Fill the bottle with water and freeze them. They can be use as ice paks for little hands. the school where I work use them for scraps, bumps and bruises.

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July 23, 20120 found this helpful

Try to see what they look light with a light inside them. If it looks good buy a led garland and put a led in each bottle.

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July 23, 20122 found this helpful

They are great for storing small crafting items like straight pins, seed beads, etc.

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April 17, 2016

Currently I take many medications and have leftover bottles. I would like to make a prescription bottle wreaths and deck lights. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to make these crafty ideas?

Thank you.

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April 7, 2011

I am trying to come up with "crafty" ways to make something out of medicine bottles and margarine containers (other than using them to store things in, etc., an actual object). Any suggestions?

By DEB from Fulton, NY

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April 13, 20110 found this helpful

I remember my grandmother had a margarine tub "doll" when I was a kid. She kept buttons in there. It was a crocheted skirt with ruffle edging around the tub. The lid had an actual barbie doll's upper torso attached and a crocheted dress that draped over, so when the lid was on it looked like a girl with one of those old period gowns on. As for medicine bottles, I've been wondering what to do with them myself!

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April 16, 20110 found this helpful

Cover the bottles with "Sculpey" or "Fimo" polymer clay designs. I have found that the plastic bottles and lids will come through the 275 degree baking process just fine. I sold a lot of these bottles a few years ago to people who wanted them for pill containers.

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April 24, 20123 found this helpful

I use washed out margarine tubs for the following :-

To store my seeds that I collect in eg runner beans, sunflower

To keep left over foods in the fridge, eg baked beans,

To fill with soil and start off my seeds in them on the window sill

To use as 'saucers' to hold my small plant pots

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February 8, 20162 found this helpful

Empty pill bottles: store q-tips for travel; store jewelry for travel; loose coins for the car console; art school teachers/kindergarten use them; paint the top of the pill bottle-then glue a small flower or beads to the top - put a pretty pair of earrings into the pill bottle as a gift; a paper gift certificate in the bottle; carry band aids in the bottle; paper clips.

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September 23, 2007

Does anyone know of a way to use the brown pill bottles as an arts and crafts project?

Theresa from Hibbing, MN

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September 25, 20072 found this helpful

Remove the label. The sequins and sparkly things package from a crafts store or party confetti and clear packaging tape can be used to make a treasure bottle or a dry match container for scouts or campers. Cut a piece of tape that will fit around the bottle. Lay it down sticky side up. Put your design of sequins or confettin on the tape. Place the tape around the bottle. I use small boxes of wooden matches by putting the matches in the container, cutting the striker piece off the box, and putting it in the container as well.

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September 25, 20072 found this helpful

I bought an xacto knife set.2 handles&5 different blades.I had a pill bottle tall enough.In the bottom I put in 2 cotton balls.As I said in another post,I invested in a hand held label maker...I label every thing...Keeper

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September 26, 20073 found this helpful

Place pill bottles on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven - you have to watch them as they start to become soft. You don't want them too soft to the point of becoming "mushy". Remove them from the oven when they are pliable and either shape them the way you want or leave them the way they come out of the oven. They cool down rapidly. They usually come out different shapes when you use different size bottles. My mother used to do this but I can't remember what oven temperature she used. I can't ask her because she passed away a couple years ago. After they cooled down she would fill them with different colored sand making a rainbow in the bottle. In the top of the bottle she would place the stems of a few minature flowers (purchased from craft store) in the sand and then seal that with a small amount of hot wax. They looked like little vases with flowers. You can also take these bottles of different shapes and sizes, punch holes in the bottom while still soft then string fish line thru them and paint or otherwise decorate them making them like hanging chimes!

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October 10, 20076 found this helpful

A craft I have bought locally is a "cheer-up/get well soon" bottle which is filled in this manner...

1. Put a sticker on the top of the bottle (lid). A smiley face works well.

2. Print a Label that says something like "God's prescription for cheer."

Instructions would be to "read a note inside for instant cheer."

3. Put that label on the side of the bottle.

4. Take verses from the Bible, especially the ones in Proverbs, and print those on cardstock. Cut these apart, and put about 8 to 12 of these in each bottle.

I can not give you a source of the lady who does this craft. But she is from North Carolina, and sets up at a crafts show near me every year. I am not sure if it is her original idea or not, but it really does sell well at $1.25/each bottle.

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