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« on: June 11, 2014 08:24:41 PM »

Looking for help from the wonderfully creative minds at craftster.

My husband and I both take several prescription meds daily so we always have lots of empty prescription bottles around the house. I keep thinking there has to be something I can do with them other than put them in the recycling bin. I thought about making some kind of bead organizer for my daughter, but then I remembered the lids are childproof. Anybody have other ideas about what I could do with them? We have both regular size pill bottles and some larger ones.
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2014 08:30:22 AM »

Are they the white, sort of squarish kind, or the orangeish, tubular kind?  If tubular, you could try cutting them into tiny plastic hoops.  What can you do with a bunch of tiny plastic hoops?  Tiny dream catchers, tiny embroideries, here's a tutorial for making a miniature wheelbarrow using a pill vial hoop for the wheel:  http://joannswansondiyminiatures.blogspot.com/2010_10_01_archive.html

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2014 09:43:01 PM »

first off, ask your pharmacy if they can give you non-childproof caps.  I hate those things!
Next, is your daughter unable to use the childproof caps, or does she just hate them like me?

Now that I've got that off my chest, how about making a tool carousel?  Remove the caps, then glue the bottles in concentric rings to a lazy susan to hold hand tools, brushes, pens and pencils, markers, crayons, whatever.  Use taller bottles in the middle, or glue layers of foam like a wedding cake to the lazy susan so the middle bottles stand up higher than the outer ones to display contents.
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2014 08:32:55 AM »

The lazy suzan idea is a good one. I wouldn't have thought of that! You could even put fabric around the bottles to make them less medicine like.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014 11:10:06 AM »

ooh, and another pharma tip: ask your doctor if you can get your Rx for a longer period.  Three or more months can often fit in the same bottle as a single month.  Reduce, reuse, recyle!
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2014 02:59:46 PM »

These are such great ideas^
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2014 12:10:03 PM »

My family too has many prescriptions. I don't craft with them, however I duct tape them all up and use them as geocaches! They're the perfect size for hiding out and about, and the variety of sizes can change the difficulty of your cache.
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014 12:31:03 PM »

You can paint them and use them as purse organizers for small items, such as bobby pins.  I also used them before when I made a magnetic makeup board for my niece.  I painted and added a few magnets on the back and then added some make-up brushes.

I also saw a neat idea for painting them.  They painted the lid and the bottle two different colors, then used their silhouette machine to cut out a stencil/template to paint on a design or just use vinyl and stick on the design.
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2015 06:14:29 AM »

I seem to remember a craft where people were melting them in the oven for some reason... I remember thinking it was a cool craft at the time, but I can't recall what the end goal was.
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2015 12:30:11 PM »

Do you really need an "end goal" to melt stuff?
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I seem to remember a craft where people were melting them in the oven for some reason... I remember thinking it was a cool craft at the time, but I can't recall what the end goal was.
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