Pill Bottle Craft Projects

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A reader recently wrote in looking for projects to reuse prescription pill bottles. She says she’s used larger ones for storing things like charms and buttons but is stumped about what to do with the smaller sized pill bottles.

One word of caution: if you have leftover pills, you don’t want to just dump them in the toilet or down the drain. Pharmaceuticals, especially hormones, steroids, and antibiotics, don’t break down in the sewage system. Instead, they pollute waterways, harm wildlife, and even make their way back into our drinking water. If you have leftover prescription drugs, find a safe way to dispose of them before you start crafting with the bottle.

Once you’ve finished taking or have safely disposed of the contents, those empty plastic pill bottles are actually useful for all sorts of fun crafty projects! Here are a few ideas to get you going.

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Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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  1. I sew and use them as sharps containers. Use a permanent marker to write “SHARPS” on the sides and top. I have a small “travel size” bottle to take with me and a larger bottle at home.

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