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When our reader, Linda, suggested doing a Designer MacGyver post all about new uses for prescription bottles, I was a little skeptical of what I would find. Of course, I knew they were great for storing all kinds of baubles, from nails and screws to buttons and bobby pins. What I did not know was how creative people have been on the quest to reuse these commonplace items. And let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised at the creations I found.

prescription bottle vase
When I stumbled across this vase made of repurposed prescription bottles, I could hardly believe my eyes. If someone had simply told me about it, I doubt I would have taken it seriously. But this simple vase looks so lovely with the light shining through and just a sprig of bamboo. Check out Mich L. in L.A. for the full tutorial.

prescription bottle hiding place
And who ever thought of using an old prescription bottle to hide a spare house key or other valuable object? Just glue the lid to a stone and insert the bottle into the ground. It’s such a simple idea but one I’m sure I would never have thought of.

prescription bottle mini giftboxes
These adorable mini gift boxes are technically made from old film canisters, but I imagine prescription bottles would have a similar effect. They’re the perfect way to dress up small gifts, like money or earrings (or my favorite suggestion: the key to a brand new car!). Head on over to In My Own Style to see how Diane Henkler made these cute canisters.

prescription bottle match holder
This idea is not too far from the simple “store other items in the bottle” idea I mentioned earlier. However, I love this alternative matchbox, because it utilizes the waterproof and childproof capabilities incorporated into most prescription bottles. Plus, by attaching the striking section to the outside of the bottle, you have easy access to everything you need. Visit The Crafty Librarian for simple step-by-step instructions.

prescription bottle art
This last prescription bottle project isn’t likely to be something you’ll do in your own home, but I just had to share it with you! If anything can inspire you to reinvent everyday items, surely it’s this amazing art display by New York artist Jean Shin.

Now get to crafting, MacGyvers. And don’t forget to share your favorite project ideas with us!

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    These are really creative ideas and I will definitely be implementing some of them. I also created a product called Doggie Doo-dles out of used prescription bottles. They are holders for doggie waste bags that attach to the handle of your dog's leash. You can see them on my pet care blog at http://www.purrsnicketypetcare.com.

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