How to Make a Medicine Bottle Bamboo Vase
Medicine bottles can be used to create this decorative bamboo vase. The bottles are drilled through the bottom and glued together to resemble a bamboo stalk. Artificial bamboo is used here, but if the assembly is water tight it can be filled with water and live bamboo added.
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My dad saves all his medicine bottles in a big bag, just waiting to make new use of them. He is, after all, the one who taught me to be a thrifty upcycler. Here, I've made him a bamboo vase from 4 of his bottles. Depending on the type of medicine bottle, it is possible for them to interlock, creating a vacuum seal. If yours do not, you can use some strong glue like Loctite and hot glue to create a tight lock. Adding water is optional, and should only be done if you do achieve that tight seal. Have fun!
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 1 bamboo vase
- 4 medicine bottles
- handheld drill
- Loctite and hot glue (if bottles don't interlock)
- water (optional)
- decorative bamboo leaves (or similar)
- Drill a hole the size of your bamboo stems in 3 of the bottles bottoms, leaving 1 untouched.
- Place the undrilled bottle on the bottom as the base of the vase. Lock on or glue on a drilled bottle above it.
- Continue to add on the other two.
- If you've done the glue version, you can use a blade to trim some of the glue, or leave it as is.
- Pour some water in if you're using living bamboo stalks. It's nice watching the water slowly trickle down! Then, add the bamboo leaves. I taped a couple shorter stalks around the back of the vase to make it look more dramatic. :)
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