Pill bottle upcycle

Plastic pill bottles. With the Baby Boomers aging, plastic pill bottles are everywhere and end up in landfills by the thousands every month. Here is a little upcycle project you may want to do with the kids.

You will need:

  1. Pill bottles
  2. Permanent markers
  3. Acrylic paints
  4. Plastic primer
  5. Spray paint
  6. Spray sealant

As with most of my upcycle projects, thoroughly wash the bottles, and remove the labels. Dry completely inside and out.

Most slick plastics need primer before painting. This can be purchased in the painting section of most box stores, and particularly home improvement stores. It is a clear spray that makes the plastic receptive to paint. Use according to directions, paying attention to drying times.

To get an even finish, use spray paints as the base colors for the bottles and lids. Be sure to let each coat dry completely before moving on.

A black, permanent marker may be used to outline your holiday design, in this case a selection of Jack-O-Lantern faces. White acrylic paint was used to create the eyes and teeth, and to add a few highlights.

Allow to dry and finish off with sealant. Add your choice of special touches, ribbons, stems, leaves, etc.

pill bottles painted


By Robin Holstein
Robin’s Upcycle is located in Kanawha County, WV. Open by appointment.
Phone 304-460-5NEW (5639).
For info, visit facebook.com/robinsupcycle