Looking for DIY uses for empty pill bottles? If they’re just laying around, put them to good use with an upcycling project or two! I did some decluttering recently and found a stash of empty pill bottles. I didn’t realize we’ve collected a lot through the years. I didn’t want to throw them out since they are on my list of things to never throw away. So what to do with them? Well, recycle pill bottles for DIY crafts and projects, of course.
Repurposing Ideas: Uses for Empty Pill Bottles
1. Button Organization
I bet you didn’t think you could use pill bottles to corral and stack those buttons neatly. The supplies on the tutorial show plastic storage tubes, but pill bottles will work perfectly in this DIY project too. Check it out here.
2. Concealed Key Storage
Glue a rock to a pill bottle and you have yourself a concealed key storage. No one would think of searching random rocks in your garden so this is much better than hiding your key under the mat. Get the tutorial here.
3. Pill Bottle Survival Kit
Survival kits have to be handy and portable. It’s a good thing you have pill bottles to organize and store them in. Get the instructions here.
Bringing some cash with you on a camping trip can be useful in emergency situations. You can use pill bottles as a waterproof money container. Read the full post here!
4. Moisturizer/Shampoo or Conditioner Container
Going on a trip? Don’t worry about airline guidelines on liquids by using empty pill bottles for storage. You can use them to store shampoo, first aid ointments, and other things to help you pack light for your trip. See it here.
5. Pill Bottle Fire Starters
Get the kids involved in a little craft project by making these easy DIY fire starters. Check it out here.
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6. DIY Rainbow Crayons
Get creative with unused crayons and make chunky ones for your toddler. Upcycle broken crayons by making rainbow crayons using empty pill bottles. Get the tutorial here.
7. Pill Bottle Cookies
Pill bottles are often used for DIY crafts and as waterproof containers. Who knew that you can also use pill bottles for baking? It makes a great inexpensive DIY cookie cutter. See it here.
8. Pill Bottle Light Garland
Looking for unique and affordable DIY pill bottle crafts? Do a little DIY decor by making your own pill bottle garland. Just put some string lights in them. Check it out here.
9. Laundry Detergent Saver
Here’s a laundry tip: use empty pill bottles for front load washing machines to measure your detergent, bleach, or fabric softener. See it here.
10. Hair Clip Organizer
You’ll easily lose track of those hair clips if you don’t have a place to keep them. Never lose another bobby pin or hair clip when you do a little DIY organization with pill bottles. Check it out here.
11. DIY Makeup Board
Organize your makeup and makeup brushes with this DIY board. No one will recognize those pill bottles once they’re beautifully decorated and glued on the board. Get the tutorial here.
12. Quarter Storage
Need something to put small coins and quarters in? Don’t let your change go loose with your little DIY storage. See how you can even decorate the bottles. Check it out here.
13. DIY Jewelry
It never really crossed my mind that pill bottles can be utilized this way! Cutting pill bottles up can help you make some DIY jewelry. Make necklaces and cute earrings. See it here.
14. DIY Treasure Boxes
The tutorial calls for film canisters, but since they’re practically obsolete, you can definitely use your pill bottles for this. Give a gift that will fit in these adorable pill bottle art treasure boxes. Check it out here.
15. Faux Bamboo Vase
Do stacked pill bottles look like bamboo to you? Yeah, they do. That’s why it’s perfect for this craft project. Get the steps here.
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There’s just so much to do when you take the time to unleash your creative self. If you have a few empty pill bottles lying around, then this list is perfect for you. From organizing to decoration, you’ll be surprised at what awesome things you can do.
Did you like these DIY uses for empty pill bottles? Let us know which was your favorite in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.