Pill Bottle Hide-a-Key

If you are looking for a way to hide a key outside, a pill bottle makes a great weather-proof container. With a rock to disguise the top, you can tuck it into a rock garden or partially bury it to hide it's location.

Total Time: 10 minutes



  1. Choose a rock that will completely cover the lid of the bottle. Thoroughly wash and dry it. Remove the label from your pill bottle.
  2. Apply glue to the bottle lid and to the rock. Allow them to sit for approx. 2 minutes, when stick the rock onto the lid. Allow the glue to cure for 24-48 hours before adding a key and placing it outside.
  3. Once your hide-a-key is ready to use, either dig a hole just deep enough to put the pill bottle in. In our case, tucking it into an area of our rock garden worked well too. NOTE: Just remember to find a place where people won't see you retrieve your key.
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March 26, 20131 found this helpful

Great tip, thanks!! I have all the stuff I need to do this, but have to modify it a little. I have no rocks but I do have some bricks around the flower bed. Right now I do a small zipper bag duct taped to the back...Anything that works is a good thing. PBP

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March 26, 20130 found this helpful

That sounds great! It's always best to use something that blends in with your yard. :)

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April 3, 20161 found this helpful

Great idea!!!

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April 3, 20161 found this helpful

I've used this technique and it worked beautifully! Thanks!

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November 19, 20180 found this helpful

This is a great idea. However, since most tops are "push down and turn" the rocks tend to come off.


You need to find a really really good glue to make sure you don't twist off the rock. Or maybe put the rock on the bottom instead of the top???

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April 6, 20200 found this helpful

Don't use the tops that push and turn. Get the ones that just snap off and on.

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