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Uses for Prescription Bottles

Anyone have any ideas of what to do with old prescription bottles? I have been saving them for a long time. I want to use them for something useful or crafty, but haven't thought of anything yet. I have lots of different sizes.


Irene from Ft Lauderdale, FL


Uses for Prescription Bottles

I took 1 large and 4 small bottles,labels and caps removed, and using a good glue meant for plastic, I glued them together in a tight circle, with a tall one in the middle. They make lovely tray favour vases or keepsakes when filled with small real or silk flowers. P.S. Miniduck, have you thought about using stained glass paint(Gallery Glass is one) to color your bottles red? (08/27/2007)

By thriftmeg

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Uses for Prescription Bottles

I used some of the larger size bottles for sorting and storing my jewelry when traveling. It was a mobile jewelry box. I have some pieces that match, so I would roll the necklaces in a tissue and drop the earrings and ring that matched in to keep things in a set. You can label if you like. When we leave our hotel room, we stuffed them into the toes of shoes to hide them if there wasn't a safe.

The taller/skinnier bottles I used to hold bobby pins, barrettes etc. Again, really nice for travel or storage. If you have large bottles, you can put ponytailers around the outside and fill the inside with other items.

Also great for storing spare keys you don't use often. Just label the outside. (08/27/2007)

By Ginger

Uses for Prescription Bottles

I am a volunteer who gets a meal break during my shift. I carry a child's toothbrush in my purse and use an empty pill bottle for a cover. Use an X-acto knife and cut a slit in the lid then thread the handle through it. The lid acts like a cuff to catch any toothpaste or water drips during use, too. (08/28/2007)

By hsorbits

Uses for Prescription Bottles


Many years ago, I worked in a pharmacy and the store was having a decorating contest for Christmas. I took some of the bottles with the caps painted red) and glued them to a wreath form. I then tied a large green/red bow and glue to the bottom. It won second prize for originality, especially fitting for a pharmacy. (08/28/2007)

By Debbie

Uses for Prescription Bottles

You can drill a small hole in the bottom. String your Christmas lights into them and hang outside for decorations on holidays. It really does look nice. Throw away only the covers. (08/28/2007)

By Connie

Uses for Prescription Bottles

Good for holding coins, buttons, roll of stamps,small sewing kit (thread,needle, and foiled single edge blade) (08/29/2007)


Uses for Prescription Bottles

  1. I did a craft with kids using them. We put tacky glue on the bottle then wrapped it with cotton yarn (Sugar 'n Cream type), painted the top a coordinating color and some glue a button or charm to the top. One of the kids immediately put it in her purse to hold her gum wrappers and one put her hair barrettes in it and gave it to her mom to put in her purse to always have at hand.

  2. Maybe you can use one for your extra key to be buried in the flower pot rather than put under it?

  3. In my travel bag I use one to hold a few straight pins, safety pins, hair pin and paper clips. You can fix most anything with one of these!

  4. Remember those multi-level flower arrangers they used to advertise on t.v.? With the right adhesive (probably an epoxy or 6000 or monkey glue) you could probably stack them and make the same sort of tool.


    By Karen

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    Thanks guys for all the great ideas! (08/30/2007)

    By Irene

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    I use them as a travel kit for cotton balls soaked with nail polish remover. The cotton balls stay saturated and can easily remove my nailpolish.


    By momof2boystex

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    My Aunt had a ton of small bottles from liquid medicine for breathing treatments, ea. 1 1/2 inches. She had a counter dividing the kitchen and dining rm. 5 ft. long and wanted to close the gap between counter and ceiling. She poked a hole in each bottom, placed them on a wooden dowel matching top to top - bottom to bottom w/glue. 12 dowels, 2 pcs. of 1 inch x 5 foot trim, glue, white spray paint and a few nails she made the most beautiful "wooden bric-a-brac" her friends ever saw! No one ever knew except me what it really was, even her Realtor when she sold her house! (12/14/2007)

    By MzV

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    I would like to know how to collect the bottles and get them to a foreign country to save the doctor's money. I understand they cost $4.oo each and it is such a waste of money when we throw them away. I know that local doctors visit the foreign countries and do doctoring free. This would surely help. (03/26/2008)

    By Mildred

    Editor's Note: I would try a non profit organization such as the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, or Mercy Corps.

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    PLEASE DO NOT EVER FLUSH YOUR MEDICATION DOWN THE TOILET. Take it to a collection site for proper disposal. Some pharmacies are starting to accept unused/expired medications, such as Elephant Pharmacy in the bay area. Flushing meds down the toilet gets pharmaceuticals into our water supply. It's been in the news a lot recently. Learn more at:

    By Bonnie

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    FYI many local Humane Associations and various animal rescue organizations are glad to have prescription bottles to reuse. ALSO they are happy to have "leftover" animal meds. (08/28/2008)

    By J. Lee

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    Doh! What great ideas! I'm always looking for salad dressing holders and forgetting my travel shampoo bottles. Thanks everyone! (10/08/2008)


    By ohnoheragain

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    All my needles are bottled, as are my pins and buttons. My son's coins are sorted and I don't garden so don"t save seeds. Am not an artist so no paints to store. My humane people don't need them. SO, in other words I have done all the things listed above and I still have BOTTLES GALORE. What else is there to do with them? Does anyone have any instructions to build a house out of them, maybe I could do that. I need a new house. Ha. Rachel (10/18/2008)

    By Rachel

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    I use empty prescription bottles for quarters and store them in the glove compartment of my car. They come in handy for car washes and also in case I want to buy a newspaper from a newspaper stand. Billie in Melbourne, FL (01/26/2009)

    By Billie C.

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    I use mine for making gag gifts. M and M Menopause Relief pills, Old Age Pills, anything like that. My SS friends seem to love them.

    By Debbie-Jenn

    Uses for Prescription Bottles

    I have a good idea for med bottles. Put on the outside of the bottle for Emergency Use with the information on your meds, allergies, phone numbers, doctors, diabetic or any other health problems on a piece of paper on the inside (03/01/2009)

    By momssspecialangel

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