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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

{GUEST POST} Upcycled Medicine Bottles


Hello, I'm Stephanie, 1/2 of the sister team over at 4Eighteen. I'm so excited to be a guest here today! Let me tell you a little about 4Eighteen and what we're about. Kristi and I are two sisters who love to love. When we love something, we put everything into it, that is why we started our blog. We LOVE projects, decorating, cooking fun new meals, being Mommy's (to humans and doggies), and using our imaginations. While most of the time we seem to have the same sense of style, we also each have a little something that sets us apart from one another.


Today I would like to share with you one way to recycle/re-purpose medicine bottles.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — Medicine Bottles

Where I live we don't have recycling, I mean, NO recycling.  I think it is just crazy, and it is bugging me, so I decided that I was going to come up with uses for some of the things that we have been throwing away.

I have been going through children's Advil for the past 8 months or so while our girl has been teething.  Of course, we only give it to her when she really needs it, but in that many months we have gone through a few of these little bottles.


First I took off the label, it came off a lot easier then I thought it would.



I chose some paper that I thought would cut out into a strip nice.  A lot of the paper I have has big designs, for such a little bottle I needed something that was going to look nice and be small enough.  I found this paper that was going to be easy to cut because it was already a stripe design.


I cut the paper to fit the bottle.


Next, I made my own mod podge out of water and Elmer's School Glue.  I did about 1 part glue to 2 parts water and mixed well.


Using a paint brush I painted my mod podge onto the back of the paper...


then wrapped it around the bottle.


After I wrapped the paper around the outside I coated that in mod podge too.


I really like the way it turned out!


Next I followed the same process for a pill bottle.


Here is the paper I chose.




The top of this lid is flat unlike the other one, so I decided to cover it with left over paper from the strip I had already cut to cover the bottle.



Tada, it is complete!



I'm going to keep diaper rash cream in the smaller bottle.  I don't like carrying tubes of it in my purse because I'm always afraid that it is going to come open and get all over the place, this will solve that problem!

The larger bottle I will use when I travel, or in the car to keep things like, Q-Tips, tweezers, a few earring backs, a couple toothpicks, and a band aid or two for "just in case" moments.

*Update - I have decided I don't really like my home made Mod Podge, I think I'll stick with the real stuff in the future.*

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We would love for you to come visit us over at 4Eighteen. Not sure where to start? You could start by checking out Toddler Tuesday where we have a new post every week about things to do with your toddler. Maybe you would prefer to see how Kristi has used an extra room as her closet, or how I have transformed our master closet into my new craft room.  We also have some great crafts that you can check out here or if you are into some fun DIY projects you'll want to click here. We have so much more, I'm sure there's something for just about everyone to enjoy.

Thank you so much for having me here today Suz!  We're so glad we found your site and we can't wait to come back for more!


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4 Comments:

At November 2, 2011 at 5:57 AM , Blogger ohzie said...

great concept....always felt guilty about throwing these bottles away!!

ohziedesigns.com

 
At November 2, 2011 at 7:22 AM , Blogger mcp said...

great ideas!

 
At November 2, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Blogger 4Eighteen said...

Thank you!

 
At November 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Blogger 4Eighteen said...

Suz - Thank you again for having me here today. It is such an honor!

Stephanie from 4Eighteen

 

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