Do you have any ideas for those orange Rx bottles? My husband is on many medicines and I hate to throw these bottles away. I use them to save buttons, razor blades, needles etc., but I wonder if you have other ideas. Thanks.
Make sure that the pill bottles are washed thoroughly before reusing. Empty pill bottles are great for holding small items including change, paper clips, tacks, brads, nails, screws, nuts and bolts, fishing supplies, toy doll accessories, beads, glitter, sequins, postage stamps, spices, toothpicks, needles, camping supplies, safety pins, straight pins, and so much more.
The plastic can be painted. Just use a paint made for outdoor or plastics. Sand the plastic to give the surface teeth for the paint to adhere. You may need several coats to achieve a smooth surface, then seal with a finishing spray. You can also use pigment and alcohol inks to color the caps. If you don’t want to paint the top of the cap, then use a sticker. You can also make a paper sleeve measuring around the bottle (add 1/4”-1/2” for overlap), then measure the height of the bottle. Cut your paper, wrap around bottle and glue overlap.
The first thing that came to mind when I read your question was a cute gift I got for my neighbors who watched our home and took care of our dogs while we vacationed in the British Virgin Islands. I paid a pretty penny for a metal cup that contained an “Island Survival” kit. It was a small pill bottle containing 2 aspirin, one fish hook, and a match. It was so cute I couldn’t resist buying it. However, I could have made it for pennies!
You could make all kits of fun kits with your pill bottles. A sewing kit with a little white thread, a sewing needle, a button, and a thimble. A sweet tooth kit with some candies. An on the road emergency kit with some change, a handy wipe, a list of tow trucking companies. Have fun with it. We have holidays coming up! Make a leprechaun kit full of small green items like a four leaf clover, gold coin, and little rainbow. Or get hopping on some Easter basket goodies by using pastel decorative paper sleeves around the pill bottles and fill with jelly beans! Your question inspired me to gather all my empty medicine bottles and make Easter basket goodies (sleeved bottles with flower sticker on top) instead of buying plastic eggs!
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