How to make Card Soldiers Out Of Old Pharmacy Bottles

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For October's Creative Reuse build day - each of the Rabbit Hole [Rochester, MN hackerspace] members were tasked to work on a scene for the stop frame animation movie.  I wanted to work on the Queen's Court for the main rabbit character to go through and saw that I had saved a bunch of old Target pharmacy bottles.

What you need:
  • Old Pharmacy bottles - I used ones from Target because they have the perfect shape to them.
  • Deck of Cards
  • Random bits that can be used as heads for the soldiers
  • Spears/spear substitutes
  • Scissors
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Step 1: Clean the pharmacy bottles!

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So the first thing is to get all of the sticky stuff off of the pharmacy bottles.  You can use hot water to get the initial paper/glue off.  But to really clean it, just use mineral spirits and a paper towel and rub clean!

Step 2: Find the heads/spears for the soldiers

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So anything can act as the head/spears for the soldiers.  I chose random items around our junk piles for the heads and I had some random tool keychains that I decided would be fun to use instead of spears.

Step 3: Install the heads on the soldiers

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This will require scissors to put holes into the top of the pill bottles and stick the heads in.  You can use hot glue to secure them or if they're snug enough, then no need to worry about it! 

Step 4: Make the arms for the soldiers

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So for super steady arms, you can take thick wire, bend it in half, put the loop around a screw that has been put into a 2x4.  Then, put the loose ends into a drill and spin the wire so that it's spun around itself.  Cut the length you need and put them into the bottle as appropriate.  In the picture, note the drill, the spun wire, the 2x4" and nail in board.

iceng1 year ago
Excellent choice of heads etc from a junk pile of
never used  New components for your card soldiers.

Very good clean and clear  photos.

Where I live the casinos sell a deck of cards used on only one gaming shift
for a dollar from special vending machines..

But Iv never seen rectangular Target pharmacy bottles only round ones.
Tymkrs (author)  iceng1 year ago
Thanks - though the lightbulb had been burned out! :) And that's pretty neat re: casino cards - those would definitely work. And the Target pharmacies in my area give these red ones, not sure about elsewhere.