Tuesday, March 20, 2012

16 Ways To Re-Use Prescription Bottles

Over the past year, I have come up with quite a large collection of prescription bottles. It is a hassle to throw  them away. I could be a good citizen and recycle them. But I had to pay for my medicine. And indirectly the bottle it came in. So why not do something useful with them?

I've come up with a list of 16 things you can do with Prescription bottles.
  1. Leftover paint: I love this one. When I paint, I usually will have some colors left over. And when I put my paint supplies down to go to bed, I don't want to leave my paint out to dry. It's expensive! Pill bottles are air-tight, so the paint stays wet. Which means you don't have to mix things all over again the next morning. And you won't have to stick your palette in the fridge.
  2. Crafting stuff: You can fill your prescription bottles with clasps and buttons and whatever else you crafty people use. Beads.
  3. Safety Pins
  4. Glitter
  5. Miniature sewing kit: Stick a needle, some safety pins, and some thread a bottle and you have your very own miniature sewing kit!
  6. Screws and stuff: You know, nails, hooks, screws, nuts, bolts, etc. You can either lazily throw them all in one bottle (especially if you aren't very DIY) or you can nicely separate them by type. If you're like me, you'll have plenty of bottles for this.
  7. Cotton balls/swabs: Stick these bad boys in a pill bottle to keep them sanitary and close at hand.
  8. Bobby pins/ Hair clips: It's a great place to store all of your hair accessories (except for bows).
  9. Mini First-Aide: Use as a mini first-aid kit: Put a couple band-aids, cough drops, and your medical information inside and stick it in your purse or your car.
  10. Office Supplies: It's great for paper clips, tacks, postage, etc.
  11. Coins: Fill it with your change so you'll never have to go digging in your purse for that 67 cents you need. Or if you live in an apartment and need change for laundry, this is a good place to put it.
  12. Travel Containers: Fill with matches, tiny tubes of ointment, or other camping/vacationing necessities. 
  13. Rubber Bands: I mean, really, where are you supposed to put these? Now you have a place to put them!
  14. Seed Starters: If you have a green thumb, you can use your pill bottles to start your seeds before transplanting them.
  15. Ice Packs: Fill with water and then stick in the freezer. Voila!
  16. Tampons: You know those U by Kotex tampons? Well they're so tiny they'll fit in most pill bottles. And they won't get dirty in your purse. Plus, in my next post, I'm gonna show you how to decorate the bottles.
What do you use your pill bottles for? Or do you let them just pile up somewhere? I would love to hear your suggestions!

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