How to Make a Medicine Bottle Bamboo Vase

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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)


  1. Drill a hole the size of your bamboo stems in 3 of the bottles bottoms, leaving 1 untouched.
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  3. Place the undrilled bottle on the bottom as the base of the vase. Lock on or glue on a drilled bottle above it.
  4. Continue to add on the other two.
  5. If you've done the glue version, you can use a blade to trim some of the glue, or leave it as is.
  6. 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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