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
This is neat and even the color is not bad - I'll have to think on this.
I know your Dad loves the things you make for him..
Glad we can share in your ideas..
Thank you! He really likes the ones where he saves the items and I reuse them. He used to get in a lot of trouble for hoarding these things, but now he's part of the process.
Our outlook on what we may consider as "hoarding" can change as we sometimes have to look at why a person may be keeping certain things, especially as we all grow older (and wiser?).
I took care of my older sister the last 3 years of her life when she had Alzheimer's and I had to adjust to many things that were not the "norm" in my life. She would hoard rolls of paper towels and no matter what was said in the grocery store, she had to have several rolls in her basket or she did not want to go home.
Of course, she had "special" places to hide these rolls and we learned it was best to just let her have these things as they undoubtedly meant something to her that we could not understand.
She has been gone for many years now but I find that I can understand (and forgive/forget) matters like this a lot more after going through it with a loved one.
I'm glad that you can find things to do with your Dad that brings a smile to his face because, as you already know, these are the things that lasting memories are made of.
I am so happy you wrote this to me, Betty. A lot of times my mother and I feel like no one understands us when we watch Dad's latest habits. You hit close to home with your recollections of your dear sister, and I thank you so much for sharing them. My dad also hides things in special places. I used to let it get to me until I finally understood that it's something only he gets. I used to get annoyed finding empty plastic bottles stashed away.